Psoriasis on skin, scalp, face, feet, ankle, elbow, ears, nails: symptoms & treatments.

Welcome to the definitive guide to Psoriasis, an up close and intimate look at where Psoriasis strikes with top tips, tricks and home remedies to counteract it. Read our sound advice based on the latest scientific data plus the shared wisdom and experience of sufferers this unpleasant skin condition.

How to manage Psoriasis on your scalp?

Itchy, flaky scalp not only looks awful but is pretty off-putting to your nearest and dearest. The itch is unbearable and often presents the impression that you actually are suffering from unwelcome passengers rather than a debilitating skin condition. How embarrassing!

One of the most effective and oft-touted ways to manage scalp Psoriasis is with coal tar shampoos. These remove flaky, uncomfortable skin, soothing irritation with an almost astringent effect. Treat your scalp with medicated creams overnight before shampooing out in the morning.

Dealing with Psoriasis in your ears

Psoriasis can pop up anywhere on or around the skin on the ear, on the ear lobe or actually inside the ear canal. The ear is sensitive and delicate so caution should be exercised when attempting to treat Psoriasis in your ears. The scaly, silvery accumulations referred to as plaques are not only unsightly but block the ear causing temporary hearing loss and ear infections. Thorough ear hygiene is crucial for a person affected by Psoriasis. Keep the ear clean and dry. Never use swabs or cotton buds which can inadvertently push wax and skin cell deposits further into the inner ear.

Some people have their ears cleaned regularly by a nurse or otolaryngologist, who through the use of light and instruments gently remove ear wax and Psoriasis deposits. Topical creams may be used or ear drops usually milder than those prescribed for use on the main areas of the body due to the delicate environment of the ear.

Is it possible to disguise Psoriasis on my face with makeup or will I make it worse?

This is a common query for one of the most upsetting aspects of Psoriasis, Psoriasis on the face. A good skincare regime is critical to slough off dead skin cells keeping the skin supple and moisturised. Concealers and makeup are used by men and women alike to disguise ugly blemishes.

Most importantly, choose a product that is not likely to react and worsen the condition. Aim for manufacturers like Clinique with ranges specifically for sensitive skin or allergy sufferers. Take a look at our before and after pictures, what a transformation! Always remove makeup overnight and allow your skin a chance to breathe. Cleanse well and then nourish with rich moisturisers.

What is the best way to manage Psoriasis on my hands?

The key thing to remember is not to expose your hands to anything detergent-based or harsh chemicals likely to exacerbate soreness and encourage inflammation. Gloves are crucial for even simple tasks like washing up. A good rule of thumb – pun intended – is to keep your hands as clean and dry as possible but also well moisturised to prevent cracking and chaffing. Beware soap, if in doubt, just use water. Invest in gloves for different scenarios to protect your hands.

Because of Psoriasis, my nails look so unsightly

Poor nails are a telltale sign of Psoriasis, the usual soft pink of the nail bed and white of the nail changes both colour and texture. Nails crack, split or crumble with a nasty, pitted surface. For the ladies, much of this can be disguised with nail varnish although this does not allow the nail to breathe so it is important to have times when the nails are not varnished. For this reason, acrylics and artificial nails are not recommended not least because of the composition of the adhesive. Good nail management is essential. Keep nails short and dry. Regular nail maintenance and manicures support control of nail Psoriasis with appropriate anti-allergy salon products.

Why does Psoriasis favour my elbows?

Elbows, like knees, are popular locations for outbreaks of Psoriasis. Constantly moving joints offer warm, soft skin and the prospect of tiny fissures or cracks very vulnerable to trademark red, scaly patches. The skin becomes raw, thickened and tough thereby lacking the elasticity required for movement and perpetuating the cyle even further. Studies have determined that half the interviewed Psoriasis sufferers reported patches on their elbows.

A mixture of deep, nourishing moisturisers and where appropriate, prescribed mild corticosteroid cream will offer relief. It is important to condition the skin and try and promote flexibility whilst managing itchiness and soreness. There are stronger systemic treatments for severe cases. Our pictures illustrate just what can be achieved with persistence and good regimens.

Do you suffer from Psoriasis on your feet?

Psoriasis on the feet can be challenging to manage. Pain means difficulty walking and cracking and sore areas are prone to secondary infections. Be aware of the variant called Palmoplantar Pustulosis confined to the soles of the feet and palms of the hands evidenced by small blisters filled with white pus. Ensure you don’t have the fungal infection, Athlete’s Foot, which looks similar to Psoriasis. Excellent foot hygiene is essential. Change socks frequently and ensure feet and kept clean and dry. A medical practitioner may prescribe mild topical steroid creams to relieve symptoms as well as rich emollient creams to help prevent fissures in the skin.

Psoriasis on the ankle, not quite as common as on the elbows or the knees

The ankle as a moving joint is another favoured location for Psoriasis although not the most popular it seems. The protocol with managing this is the same as for other areas of the body.

Psoriasis is not fussy, it can appear anywhere on your skin

All of the areas already discussed are possible indeed likely points at which Psoriasis can manifest. But the reality is, it can emerge literally all over. We have highlighted key points where there are recommended management specific options, These are guiding principles to help you in your management.