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Leo Pharma: Are fish pedicures a good idea if you have psoriasis?

January 19, 2017
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LeoPharma: Are fish pedicures a good idea if you have psoriasis?

You have probably seen it in spas and maybe tried it yourself. Ictiotherapy, commonly known as fish pedicure, consists of tiny fish that eat away at the dead skin cells and flakes on your feet. It certainly sounds like a dream for people with psoriasis who want to scrub away psoriasis flakes and patches, but there are as always pros and cons. Watch the video here to make sure you have all the facts first!

Psoriasis is a long-lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of abnormal skin.[3] These skin patches are typically red, itchy, and scaly. They may vary in severity from small and localized to complete body coverage.[4] Injury to the skin can trigger psoriatic skin changes at that spot, which is known as Koebner phenomenon.[5]

It is generally thought to be a genetic disease which is triggered by environmental factors.[4] In twin studies, identical twins are three times more likely to both be affected compared to non-identical twins; this suggests that genetic factors predispose to the disease. Symptoms often worsen during winter and with certain medications such as beta blockers or NSAIDs.[6] Infections and psychological stress may also play a role.[3][4] It is not contagious. The underlying mechanism involves the immune system reacting to skin cells. Diagnosis is typically based on the signs and symptoms.[6]

Leo Pharma A/S is a multinational Danish pharmaceutical company, founded in 1908, with a presence in about 100 countries. Its headquarters are in Ballerup, near Copenhagen[2] The company is 100% integrated into a private foundation owned by the LEO Foundation.[3] Leo Pharma develops and markets products for dermatology, bone remodeling thrombosis and coagulation.[4] In 1945 it was the first producer of penicillin outside the USA and UK.

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