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What can you do to keep your nails safe from hand and foot psoriasis?

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Take some steps to keep your nails safe:

Everyday things you do for your overall health help, too. Eat well, exercise, and keep your stress levels low. All these things help your psoriasis treatments work better, so you’re less likely to have a flare.

  • Keep them short.
  • Cover loose nails with a bandage or gloves (not latex).
  • Don’t bite your nails or use them to open things.

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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