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Can you do pedicures on people with psoriasis on their legs?

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Can you do pedicures on people with psoriasis on their legs? What precautions should be taken?

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I would avoid the use of water or soaks with a psoriatic patient. Gentle nail care including polish can be attempted if the client is not hyperreactive (sensitive) to the polish. A dry pedicure would be safe. Any trauma to psoriatic skin will hurt the sufferer, so avoid scrubbing, soaks, etc., on affected areas. As long as the nails are free of psoriasis, it’s safe to treat the them. If not, it’s best if the client gets clearance from her doctor. — Johanna Youner, D.P.M., is attending podiatric physician and surgeon at New York Downtown Hospital and is also in private practice in New York City.

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