Psoriasis is a condition that makes your skin inflamed and itchy. It can appear anywhere on your body including your feet and legs. It’s a very different ailment than athlete’s foot which can also cause itchiness on your skin. Psoriasis is chronic and is actually an issue from your immune system overreacting. New skin cells are created too rapidly causing your skin to build up in white patches all over your body. If you have psoriasis here are a few ways you can help keep your condition in check at home.
- Moisturize: Always put on lotion after you shower (and try to keep the water from getting too hot so that you can prevent drying out your skin further.) Use a humidifier to add moisture back into your room so that your skin also stays nice and smooth. You can also periodically use coconut oil or olive oil throughout the day. Prevention is better than medicating after you skin is already dry.
- Diet: If your eating habits aren’t the best, it might actually be triggering more episodes of psoriasis. Eat more foods that are known to help reduce inflammation (such as nuts, seeds, fish, lean meats) and stay away from foods that have a high fat content.
- Light Therapy: If your psoriasis is extreme, try light therapy. Ultraviolet light is used to help prevent your psoriasis from acting up or getting worse. Procedures should always be done by an experienced doctor. Controlled ultraviolet light is very different than running out in the sun and getting “natural” light therapy. Overexposure to the sun can cause your psoriasis to get even more inflamed.
- Alcohol & Cigarettes: Avoid BOTH. Cigarettes can either make your psoriasis worse or cause you to have an episode. Alcohol was also found to have a similar negative effect. Even light drinking can make a difference. If you can’t seem to control your psoriasis, try cutting out alcohol and cigarettes altogether and see if it goes away.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a non-medicating way to try and get rid of psoriasis. You can safely eat between 1.5-3.0 grams a day. Be careful not to overdo it and if you have heart condition or any serious medical issues, ask your doctor before consuming any.
Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm of Clifton Foot & Ankle Center has been treating patients with foot and ankle ailments for over eighteen years. If you have any questions or foot/ankle issues, call our Centreville, VA office at 703-996-3000 or make an appointment here.