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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
August 01, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete's Foot   arthritis   psoriasis  

Psoriasis is a disorder that involves the immune system and causes skin cells to grow at an abnormally fast rate, resulting in scaly patches that build up on the skin—often the skin on your feet and hands.  At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we sometimes see patients who think they have a case of athlete’s foot, but then discover that it is psoriasis.

According to research, at least 10 percent of people have inherited one or more genes that could predispose them to developing psoriasis. However, only 2 to 3 percent actually end up with the disease. Scientists believe that external factors, known as triggers, may be what cause certain people to develop the disease. Although not all triggers affect all people with the genes for psoriasis, the ones listed below have been shown to be definitely linked:

  • Skin injury—areas of the skin that have been traumatized by injuries, sunburn, scratches or vaccinations may be more susceptible to psoriasis. This is known as the Koebner phenomenon.
  • Stress—this can be the cause of a first time flare up or a trigger for someone who has already been diagnosed with psoriasis.
  • Medications—certain medications have been linked to psoriasis. These include some of the ones used to treat: high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis and depression.
  • Infection—anything that challenges your immune system can set off a psoriasis attack.
  • Lifestyle and Environment—many patients report that diet, weather and allergies can also play a role in triggering psoriasis flare ups, although scientists have not yet definitively confirmed these.

Keeping Psoriasis Under Control

The first step is to diagnose psoriasis. There is no blood test for the disease. Our foot doctor, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your skin and ask about your family medical history—about 1/3 or all patients diagnosed with psoriasis have a family member who has the condition as well. In some cases, a biopsy may be done on a piece of affected skin. There are a variety of treatment options available depending on the type of psoriasis and the severity of a particular flare up.

If you are concerned about any rashes or skin irregularities contact our Washington, PA office by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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