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How can pampering hands and feet affect psoriatic arthritis?

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Fingernails and toenails can become pitted and can separate from the nail bed. Make sure any nail changes you have are from your condition and not a fungal infection -- your doctor can diagnose and treat the true cause of the problem.

Keep your nails short so they don’t get caught on things, and don’t push back your cuticles. When getting a manicure or pedicure, soak for only a few minutes. Nail polish is usually safe, but don’t get acrylic nails. When they’re removed, your nail bed may be damaged.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “7 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis,” “25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip and Knee Pain,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Self-Care,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms,” “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” “Diet and Nutrition: Anti-Inflammatory,” “Life with Psoriasis,” “Managing Itch,” “Over the Counter Topicals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Signs and Symptoms.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Psoriatic Arthritis.”

Arthritis Foundation: “7 Hand- and Foot-Care Tips for Psoriatic Arthritis,” “25 Treatments for Arthritis Hip and Knee Pain,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Self-Care,” “Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms,” “Using Heat and Cold for Pain Relief.”

Mayo Clinic: “Psoriatic Arthritis: Lifestyle and Home Remedies.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “About Psoriasis,” “Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” “Diet and Nutrition: Anti-Inflammatory,” “Life with Psoriasis,” “Managing Itch,” “Over the Counter Topicals.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on October 16, 2018

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