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When to Visit a Podiatrist for Psoriasis.
It is especially important to see a podiatrist for psoriasis if you notice it on your feet. Your feet may be reddened and itchy. Psoriasis can also mimic athlete’s foot or contact dermatitis. If your feet are dry and itchy and it is not relieved by any at home methods it is best to see Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS.
Dr. Gale will complete an exam of your feet and look at your medical history. He may also take a biopsy of the affected area to confirm that it is psoriasis.
If the psoriasis is mild, it can be treated by a topical cream that is applied directly to the affected area. More severe cases may need something that can treat the whole body. If it is a severe case you may need to work with more than one medical specialist to get it under control.
You cannot prevent psoriasis, but you can help control it. Stress management is very important. Dry air, alcohol, and sunlight can trigger psoriasis so it is important to control your exposure to these elements.
If your feet are dry and itching contact us today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM,FACFAS
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Symptoms of Psoriasis and at Home Treatment.
Symptoms are usually the same with all people that are affected with Psoriasis. One symptom is thick, red skin that includes dry, white patches. The dry, white patches are called psoriatic plaques. Another symptom is the skin may feel itchy.
Psoriasis is most commonly found on the knees, elbows, and the bottoms of the feet. It can also affect joints, fingernails, and toenails.
To treat Psoriasis at home it is best to keep the skin well moisturized. This will help ease any discomfort from the itchy skin. Oatmeal baths can also help soothe the skin.
If you are experiencing itchy skin that has dry patches and you think it might be Psoriasis, Contact Us at Our Bismarck Office today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS will help you determine the best way to help treat your symptoms.
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What is psoriasis and what causes it?
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is caused by a faster than normal turnover of skin cells. Normally skin cells are replaced once a month. The new skin cell rises to the surface while the old skin cell dies and falls off. In a person with psoriasis the new skin cells are moving to the surface too rapidly. The old, dead skin cell builds up on the surface in a dry, white patch. The severity of Psoriasis can vary from person to person. It also can affect multiple part of the body.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that often funs in families. Those with AIDS or cancer seem to be most often affected, because of the weakened immune system. Stress can also make psoriasis worse.
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