If you have an acute psoriasis flare-up on your hands or feet, see your doctor ASAP. He'll work with you until you find something that helps.
Psoriasis on these areas is most likely to show up on the palms and soles. This is called palmar-plantar psoriasis. But it can also appear on the tops of your feet, backs of your hands, and on knuckles and nails.
Lee Anderson developed the skin condition rosacea when she was in her 40s. "My daughter used to tease me that I had 'slap-face,' because that's what it looked like all the time -- that I'd been slapped. It was very embarrassing," says Anderson, now 54. The condition grew worse, and she eventually found herself turning down social invitations. "It ate away at my self-confidence."
Anderson was in plenty of company. An estimated 14 million Americans have rosacea, which is a fairly common skin condition...
Your hands and feet make up only 4% of your body's total surface area. But psoriasis here can still have a big effect on your quality of life. You might have pain, or you may just want to cover up the scales. If it affects your work, that could lead to a financial burden as well.
Hands and feet psoriasis (HFP) can also cause your skin to:
Combinations of these often work better than one treatment alone. Sometimes doctors suggest alternating topical corticosteroids with a type of vitamin D called calcipotriene. Wear cotton gloves when applying it to avoid getting it into sensitive spots, such as on your face.
Your doctor might have you use a corticosteroid under a type of dressing called hydrocolloid occlusion. This filmy layer bonds to the cream, helps keep skin moist, and can be worn for several days.
Medications That Stop Disease Progress
Psoriasis is an immune system condition, so if skin treatments don’t work, your doctor may recommend drugs that affect the disease at a cellular level. These include:
Methotrexate, which slows an enzyme that causes the rapid growth of skin cells in psoriasis