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Taming Vaginal Psoriasis (QUICKLY!)

Next to penile psoriasis (which I wrote about here), vaginal psoriasis just might be the worst place of your body for psoriasis to creep onto.

Vaginal psoriasis often results in a confused, red pussy

Vaginal psoriasis often results in a red pussy

The most common form of vaginal psoriasis is known as “inverse psoriasis” or “flexural psoriasis” – a type that typically dwells in the creases and folds of our skin.

The worst of it is that it can appear anywhere around your genital area, including the pubic parts just above the vagina, the upper thighs, the vulva, the buttock creases and the most unmentionable one of them all  – the pooper. Now guys, just because there’s a red carpet leading to it doesn’t mean you can waltz in.

In very rare cases, vaginal psoriasis can also find its way into the mucous membrane or “inner vagina.” Since the area is so moist, the psoriasis down here is not normally “cracked”, but it will be sore, so handle with care. Plus, remember, consult a professional if the psoriasis is really painting the town red.

What vaginal psoriasis looks like

I warn you, dear reader, what you are about to see is not a pretty, delicate flower that you’ll find blooming on a clear spring afternoon. Its a a pissed-off lioness that’s been rolling around in the savannah dust. Or something.



How to treat vaginal psoriasis in a matter of weeks

If you haven’t noticed, given where they are on the body, these psoriasis patches need SPECIAL treatment. Here’s a few suggestions.

Stop wearing leggings.The first step is to stop wearing figure-hugging, vagina-smothering clothes, such as tights, leggings, thongs, g-strings etc. Loose clothing is important, because friction from rubbing fabrics, as well as sweating makes the area itchy and sore.

No scratching or any action! Scratching can exacerbate the symptoms of vaginal psoriasis and cause more itchiness as it stimulates the nerve fibres just underneath the skin. Apart from that, excessive scratching and rubbing can actually lead to your skin thickening around the vagina, which is called “Lichenification.” Plus, abstain from penetrative sex for a while or any kinky acts (i.e. hot candle wax doesn’t help down there.)

Make sure its not a fungal infection! Vaginal psoriasis is often misdiagnosed – it could just be candidiasis. Just make sure to get a second opinion, because reaching for the anti-fungal cream won’t help if it is indeed psoriasis.

Try a weak steroid cream. The first port of call for many women is their local pharmacy. Often a weak corticosteroid-based cream is sufficient, such as a 1% hydrocortisone ointment. It normally takes 4 to 6 weeks to go away, but MAY come back, in which case you should try a weak tar-based aqueous solution to keep it away. Plus, pregnant mothers should not use it for prolonged periods, as steroid creams can thin the skin, and that is something you definitely don’t want when pushing a 10lb baby through a straw!

Try light-therapy. Another treatment option for vaginal psoriasis is phototherapy, but it is not affective in treating psoriasis in-between the skin folds, unless you’re willing to lie there spread-eagled that is!

Go easy in the shower. When showering, try not to use any special washes down there (women don’t need them anyway!) or harsh soaps, as the area is super sensitive. Plus, keep the water lukewarm. After you get out, use something natural, such as coconut oil to moisturise the vagina.

Consult your gynaecologist before pursuing any sort of action! The vagina is a strange and wonderful thing, and there are many types of vulva rashes, so make sure to pinpoint the problem before you try anything.

If you have vaginal psoriasis, please leave a comment! How do you deal with it? What products work?

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I'm just an average 26 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.

44 Responses to Taming Vaginal Psoriasis (QUICKLY!)

  1. GabbyR says:

    Hey guys! I have really bad genital psoriasis & it’s starting to work it’s way down to my thighs. It has gotten worse since I’ve had my second child, whom I had a vaginal birth with. My first I had a c-section. It doesn’t irritate me or itch that much but it’s just so nasty to look at. Sometimes it’s red for the most part, & sometimes I can see it getting a little dry so it turns white. It’s so embarrassing! I really would like to try an effective product that’s garunteed to work. I’ve purchased 100% grapeseed oil, which I’ve read some good reviews about. It doesn’t seem to be working for my psoriasis though. Just works when I apply it, & then later dries it out. I need help!

  2. elaine says:

    I have used witch hazel, it stings like hell but over a period of time helps to heal.

  3. Mary says:

    Dear redblob,
    It’s really impressive how positive you are about your life with psoriasis.. I myself was diagnosed a year ago.. Thank you for all your posts..I have started using acv.. Hoping for some good results..
    Take care
    Fellow flaker

  4. M. says:

    Hi, I have vaginal psoriasis and will go into labor in two months. My first child was born with a C section so it wasn’t a problem. Can anyone tell me about the elasticity of skin and if there is higher risk of severe tearing? Anyone? Thanks in advance, M.

    • Mel says:

      I had major tearing but because I had a super fast labor; I healed really quickly. I don’t think the psoriasis had a negative affect. Good luck!

  5. Lillymaymac says:

    Shall i shave my pubic hair? Because i think the itchiness will be lessen if there’s no hair on your vagina..

  6. Kitty says:

    When showering is it better to scrub all the flakes off or not? I’ve done both and am not sure which I should stick with :/ Thanks guys!

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