5 Steps to Treating Psoriasis That Cracks and Bleeds
For some people with psoriasis, the thick, scaly plaques that form on the surface of the skin can crack and bleed. This results in deep cracks, known as fissures, and open sores on the skin, which may be painful and even become infected.
Fissures due to psoriasis are most common on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, says Dana Marshall, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Klinger & Marshall Dermatology in New Orleans, Louisiana. “Because of walking or frequent movement, they can split open,” she explains. But fissures can develop anywhere you have plaque psoriasis.
Fissures and open sores can cause discomfort, pain, and risk of infection. They can have an adverse impact on a person’s emotional well‑being and mental health, too.