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Hands & feet

If your psoriasis is on your hands or feet, this might cause cracking, blistering and swelling, or may take the form of ‘palmoplantar pustulosis’, which appears as small yellow bumps under the skin surface, mostly on the palms or soles; they contain fluid, but are not infectious. Any kind of psoriasis on the hands or feet can be painful and make it difficult for you to do even basic daily activities like walking or carrying things, but there are some things you can do to help deal with it.

Psoriasis advice: Hands & feet

  • Take time to rest your feet and hands as much as you can; maybe do something non-physical that you enjoy. Self-care is important, and you deserve it!
  • You can wear gloves during activities where the hands could be exposed to wet work or chemicals (including cleaning products), and for manual labour such as gardening to reduce friction.
  • Some people find that certain gloves and socks help, made from silk, cotton or natural fibres (avoid wool, which can cause further irritation). Cotton gloves and socks can be worn at night over ointments to reduce mess.
  • Where the skin is very thick, it is more likely it will crack and leave fissures. You can reduce thickness with salicylic acid, urea creams, pumice stones and emery boards.

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I struggled with exercise at first, the burning/biting sensation really got to me but I’ve learnt to work through it now. I try to exercise at least 4 days a week. I just do what I’m feeling on the day, based on what my skin and joints are like. If my hands are aching, I might go for a morning walk or go on my exercise bike. If my feet are bad, I might focus on my arms with some weights. If I can’t deal with those things, I do some stretches – there’s always options.

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