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The small imperfections of a quilt, from its hand-stitched patterns and frayed edges, to its unique patchwork and crooked cuts in fabrics, make it uniquely yours and beautiful in every way. The experts at the Foot Doctor of the East Bay believe, in many ways, that your skin shares the same attributes. For those suffering from psoriasis, remember that those imperfections make you who you are. Though areas of your skin may be patched a bit different from the rest, it's still beautiful.

Psoriasis is a skin condition caused when your skin cells turn over faster than normal.What's Wrong With My Skin?

Psoriasis is a skin condition caused when your skin cells turn over faster than normal. The process for developing new skin cells typically takes about a month. During this time the old cells will die off and flake away, usually without notice. The new cells will then move to the surface. For those with cells that regenerate at higher speeds, the new cells move to the surface so rapidly that the dead cells haven't had time to fall off. This creates a buildup of patches on the surface of the skin that appear dry and white.

This autoimmune disease can affect anyone, most frequently appearing on the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. If you've broken out, you'll notice plaques of dry, flaking, and scaly skin. These areas will appear thickened and red. Some may even crack or further develop into blisters.

How Did I Get It?

No one has discovered the reason behind this disease, though it does seem to have connections to genetics and inheritance. Anyone can develop these buildups, but they typically appear on individuals during puberty and remain present throughout the rest of their lifetime.

These patches may itch or burn, and a breakout on the soles of the foot can make it uncomfortable to wear shoes or to walk or run, especially if the skin begins to crack. Cracks can also increase your risk for infection, which should be treated right away. Don't let your flare-up get out of hand.

How Is It Treated?

Although Psoriasis is somewhat resistant to treatment, it's important to continue working with your doctor to find a way to manage your flare ups. In addition to frequently applying moisturizer, using mild soaps, and soap substitutes, we may also use these topical treatments:

  • Application of coal tar, found in creams, gels, and ointments. Coal tar will slow the growth rate of the skin and reduce the amount of inflammation and scaling.
  • Using a peeling agent such as salicylic acid, to soften and reduce the scaling.
  • Prescribing medication to suppress the rate at which your skin cells regenerates
  • Using creams and ointments called corticosteroids. We typically apply these under a special type of dressing called hydrocolloid occlusion as.

Combinations of treatments may be used, as they work better together.  When topical treatments fail to provide you with results, you may need to try other medications. These may include:

  • Inhibiting the enzyme responsible for the rapid growth of skin cells with Methotrexate.
  • Suppressing the immune system with Cyclosporine.
  • Controlling the multiplication of cells with a low dose of retinoids, such as acitretin.

Psoriasis can be extremely uncomfortable. When your condition inhibits your ability to move about or interrupts your daily activities, make an appointment with Foot Doctor of the East Bay at (510) 483-3390. We have offices in San Leandro, Los Gatos, and Pleasanton and we'd love to help restore your liveliness and bring back your smile. Let us help you find a treatment option that provides you with the results you deserve.

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