Psoriasis is an auto immune disease that causes skin cells to be produced too rapidly and build up on the surface of your skin in red, scaly, itchy patches. Psoriasis can occur on any part of your body and at Paul S. DeMarco, we see patients who have outbreaks of psoriasis on their feet which can be painful and irritating. In honor of Psoriasis Awareness Month, we want to share some information about what triggers this disease.
Although scientists are not sure what causes psoriasis, once a patient has it, there are certain things that can trigger an outbreak. Knowing what your triggers are can help in controlling this disease. Here are some known triggers:
- Smoking, drinking or drug use
- Injury to the skin—minor skin injuries such as sunburn, scrapes, poison ivy or bug bites can cause psoriasis plaques to form at the injury site
- Strep infections
- Medications—starting or stopping a medication, including ones used in the treatment of psoriasis can trigger an attack. Medications known to more commonly trigger an attack include: lithium, quinidine, indomethacin, blood pressure medications and anti-malarials
- Diet—if you are sensitive to gluten or have celiac disease foods with gluten can trigger an attack. For others, known inflammatory foods such as sugar, corn, soy and dairy products may be triggers.
- Weather—winter weather with its colder temperatures, dry air and decreased sunlight exposure is a factor in flare ups for some patients.
If you are experiencing skin symptoms on your feet that you think may be psoriasis, make an appointment at our Somers Point office to see our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco by calling: (609) 927-4894. Since there are other skin conditions with similar symptoms, the foot doctor will need to rule out other skin disorders first. If you do have psoriasis, the podiatrist may need to work with your other doctors to determine the best treatment plan.