Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition it affects 2% of the population it is most commonly distinguished by thickened, raised, red, patches of skin that are covered with silver-white scales or flakes. Psoriasis is most frequently found on the knees, elbows, scalp, hands, feet, or lower back. Typically, intense itching and burning accompany this skin condition. Psoriasis is not contagious  however there seems to be a genetic link to the disease. While bouts of psoriasis come and go, this condition is chronic in nature. Once a person is diagnosed with psoriasis, they are at risk for experiencing future outbreaks. Treatment is partly aimed at reducing the frequency of these outbreaks.
Most researchers now believe that psoriasis is related to the body's immune system (the system that helps the body fight off diseases and infections).  Several different types of psoriasis exist, with each type having certain appearances or symptoms.
There are several types of  Psoriasis that affect the feet pustular Psoriasis presents with small reddish brown pustules, it is often mis-diagnosed as Vesicular tinea. Occasionally Psoriasis only presents on the feet and in these instances there is often toenail and the nail matrix and the nail bed as well. Inter digital Psoriasis also presents on the feet it is often mis-diagnosed as a fungal infection.
If the nails or skin on your feet change their appearance you should consult a Podiatrist to see whether you have Psoriasis.














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