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How can you treat your nail beds affected by hand and foot psoriasis?

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Psoriasis affects them as they’re forming, which can make it tricky to treat. In some cases, you can use an ointment to take care of a flare-up on your skin, but your nail bed keeps those treatments from sinking in to the problem area.

Instead, your doctor may recommend:

Sometimes it goes away on its own, with no treatment.

  • Corticosteroid shots
  • Scraping or filing the nail
  • Removing the nails
  • Light therapy

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Case-based review: Palmoplantar psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Tips for Managing.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Palmoplantar Pustulosis.”

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

The Psoriasis Association: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Case-based review: Palmoplantar psoriasis,” “Psoriasis: Tips for Managing.”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Palmoplantar Pustulosis.”

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

The Psoriasis Association: “Pustular Psoriasis,” “Nail Psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

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