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If I have psoriasis, can my skin split open?

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When you have psoriasis, you have patches of thick red skin. In severe cases, they can split open. This causes deep cracks, or fissures.

There are ways you can ease the pain and treat the bleeding.

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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