Be the Star of Your Life, Despite Psoriasis
You would think that periodically breaking out with large, red, blotchy patches of skin might keep you from pursuing certain careers, but try telling that to Jerry Mathers, Art Garfunkel, LeAnn Rimes, CariDee English, or Kim Kardashian. Mathers starred in Leave It to Beaver, Garfunkel is part of the famous folk-singing duo, Rimes won two Grammys for her music, English is a successful model, and Kardashian is a well-known reality star. Yes, psoriasis can be embarrassing, uncomfortable, and downright painful at times, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your dreams.
Understand What Happens
Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition that changes the way your skin behaves. It causes your skin cells to multiply much faster than normal, and as they reach the surface and die, they form a plaque—raised red skin with a surface layer of dead cells.
It has baffled researchers for decades, although recent developments have uncovered genetic information that may be helpful. You may carry some of the genes, but not have symptoms, because the condition can skip generations, and it also seems to respond to certain triggers.
Recognize Your Symptoms
The most common type—plaque psoriasis—involves areas of red skin covered with whitish scales. These can appear anywhere on your body, including your feet, and may itch, crack, and bleed. The pustular form has a similar appearance, plus tiny blisters filled with pus. This type occurs on your palms or the soles of your feet. You can imagine how uncomfortable and painful this can be, and how it might limit your ability to work or enjoy your normal activities.
Other types of the condition include guttate (starts at a younger age and has small, red spots), inverse (bright red lesions in skin folds like armpits), and erythrodermic (fiery red skin with scales that shed)—a medical condition requiring immediate treatment to head off severe illness.
Find Out Your Triggers
Many people report some sort of recent, emotional trauma before a flare-up. Certain medications, infections, injuries, and smoking are also considered triggers for a breakout. You are more likely to have psoriasis if you are an adult—especially if you are a woman or have had a family history of the disease. If you suffer a bout of it, take note of events just prior and see if you can find a pattern. Then you may learn how to address those triggers and keep an attack from happening.
Treat the Symptoms
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the cycle of remission and flare up of psoriasis. There are, however, many treatments you can try. At Aadvanced Foot Care Associates, we will help find a solution that works for you. To treat a plaque on the soles of your feet, you can try warm foot soaks, followed by thick moisturizers like petroleum jelly or colloidal oatmeal, to ease and protect the skin.
We may also try other treatments in various combinations. These may include coal tar products, salicylic acid, or corticosteroids to address symptoms. There are also oral medications, such as methotrexate or low-dose retinoids to inhibit cell growth, or cyclosporine to suppress your immune system. Light therapy or laser treatments may also be helpful.
Take Control of Your Life
Don’t let the condition get you down. We will work with you until we find the right combination of treatments that heals your skin and allows you be the star of the life you enjoy. Give Aadvanced Foot Care Associates a call at the numbers below, or request an appointment on our website.
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266