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How can I seal a cut caused by my psoriasis?

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Seal the crack. Closing those gaps helps them heal faster. It also protects the wound by keeping out dirt, debris, and germs. Ways you can do it include:

  • Liquid bandage: This over-the-counter product creates a thin plastic coating on the skin. It’s waterproof and flexible. To apply it:
  • Gently bring the edges of the crack or cut together.
  • Spray, brush, or dab the liquid on top of the skin. It dries in less than a minute and lasts for up to a week. Because some of these products are made with alcohol, this might sting. Don’t put it inside a wound, around the eyes, or on large areas of skin. Super glue: This household staple can also fix psoriasis fissures. That’s because its main ingredient is the same one found in many liquid bandages. It works in the same way: Carefully bring the edges of the cut or crack together, and dab it to the skin on top to create a seal.
  • Adhesive bandage or tape: Watertight medical tape can seal cracks. It also keeps the wound moist, which helps it heal. For small cuts, you can also use the sticky part of a bandage. Put them across the wound. They can act as a bridge to hold the skin together.

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

SOURCES:

James Swan, MD, professor of dermatology, Loyola University Medical Center.

Dominic Ricci, MD, dermatologist, Baylor Scott & White Health.

CDC: “Psoriasis.”

Seattle Children’s Hospital: “Cuts, Scrapes or Bruises.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Hands, Feet, and Nails.”

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: “Household Products Database.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Topical Treatments.”

American Academy for Dermatology: “Psoriasis: Recommendations for Topical Corticosteroids.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on November 30, 2018

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