Of all types of psoriasis, genital psoriasis can be the most uncomfortable. Inverse psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis found in the groin and genital area. Inverse psoriasis typically occurs in the groin or genital area, the armpits, and skin folds, and usually appears as red bumps or patches on the skin. Unlike other forms of psoriasis, it is not scaly. These areas are often itchy or sore. Psoriasis of the genital area may be more painful than other types of psoriasis because it is in such a sensitive area.
People are often reluctant to seek medical attention for genital psoriasis because they feel embarrassed about their condition. They may worry that it is a sexually transmitted disease. While they would seek treatment for psoriasis on other parts of the body, they are hesitant to seek treatment for psoriasis on their genitals.
Psoriasis of the genital region can have a big effect on a person's quality of life. It can interfere with their intimate relationships because of embarrassment about their condition. The itching and pain can keep them from sleeping well, causing daytime fatigue. Embarrassment and concern about their condition can cause a great deal of stress.
There is no way to prevent psoriasis. It is caused by an abnormality in the immune system and is believed by some to be a genetic abnormality. At times it worsens and at times it improves. There are a number of factors that seem to be involved in this, including weather, stress, and diet. By monitoring your condition, you can learn what causes your psoriasis to improve and therefore prevent flare-ups of your condition.
There is no cure for psoriasis. There are many different treatments; however, a number of commonly used treatments for psoriasis cannot be used for genital psoriasis because the area is so sensitive.
For instance, topical treatments are available both over the counter and by prescription. However, these can irritate the skin, cause inflammation, and cause skin to peel. Still, this is often the first treatment tried for inverse psoriasis.
Phototherapy, exposure to ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A light, is also a commonly used treatment for psoriasis. This may also be too harsh for genital psoriasis but may be acceptable for other areas such as armpits or skin folds.
Laser treatment is another option for the treatment of psoriasis, but it is definitely too harsh and irritating to the skin for use on the genitals. It can cause blistering and skin ulcers.
The only treatment for genital psoriasis that is not harmful to the skin is systemic treatment. This includes oral or injected medication. The problem is that these medications have a myriad of other side effects, many of them quite serious. Some of the possible side effects include depression, fatigue, headache, joint pain, insomnia, mouth ulcers, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, high blood pressure, and kidney and liver damage. Some of these medications cannot be used by pregnant women due to their toxicity.
Obviously, many people with inverse psoriasis are hesitant to try traditional medical treatment for their condition because of the risk of side effects. They often prefer to try natural treatments instead. Natural treatments usually don't have side effects, and they may have other health benefits as well.
See a doctor if you have symptoms of genital psoriasis to rule out other conditions, such as sexually transmitted diseases, and to get proper treatment. Don't be embarrassed to seek treatment for your condition; it is very important to get the treatment you need.
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