Q. Can psoriasis cause redness and itchiness in toes?

Answered by
Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 02, 2020 and last reviewed on: Feb 19, 2021

Hello doctor,

I have some infection like redness and itching in toes. I am afraid, is it an infection or psoriasis? It is there since last 4 months and progressing slowly slowly. On cosultation with doctor, I took Itraconazole 100 mg BID, Montelukast with Desloratidine OD and used Amorolfine ointment for 3 weeks but no cure.



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1) I saw the attached photo and have read your history (attachment removed to protect patient identity), as the interdigital spaces (between the toes) are unaffected it does not look like a fungal infection to me, and if it was, it should have been subsided with the anti-fungal treatment that you took.

2) I wanted you to answer few of the queries to rule out psoriasis:

- Was the interdigital spaces affected at any time?

- When you itch , do you feel it flaky/ bleeding or does water or discharge come out from it ?

- Are any other lesions present , especially on scalp, elbows or knees?

- Any history of prolonged exposure to water?

- Any relevant family history of psoriasis?

3) It looks more of like an eczema/allergy to me, and so the Clobetasol Propionate ointment will be beneficial, or even better you can use Clonate G (with antibiotic, combo of Clobetasol and Gentamycin) cream once daily application in night, tablet Cetirizine 10 once in the night for it itching and also Dermadew Aloe lotion in the morning and the afternoon for 2 weeks.

4) Please do not panic and even after 2 weeks it is not reducing you can do fungal or bacterial culture study from the area to rule out or even take a biopsy to rule out psoriasis.

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