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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.

Ouchies!

Ouchies!

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.



35 Responses to Taming Vaginal Psoriasis (QUICKLY!)

  1. dianahockley says:

    I would really like to know if Miriam and Louise are feeling better. I replied to their urgent messages quite awhile back but haven’t heard if anything I suggested was tried and worked. Girls, do please let the forum know if you have found anything successful.

  2. Becky says:

    I have tried several things with no luck. Used coconut oil which made me raw. The burning and itching is awful. I use Vaseline but it makes me have an odor. No insurance so no doctor!! Don’t know what to do. So frustrated!

    • redblob says:

      Hi Becky. Sorry to hear that you haven’t had much relief. I’m a bit surprised that the coconut oil didn’t work as its a very mild moisturiser. I wonder if you have been properly diagnosed?

    • If itching gets really bad and its hard to sleep through the night, apply a cold compress, like ice or an ice pack. The itch soothes in a matter of minutes. Using pads also causes irritation, I use U by Kotex regular, it gives me less irritation than a pad or tapax pearl.

  3. Miriam says:

    The nights can be the worst. A frozen icepack (one of the commercial ones, so you are not dealing with melting ice) helps sometimes and I also wear a large bulky pad to cushion the area and put a pillow between my legs when I sleep. I use the coconut oil too, I’m surprised that it burns for you, I’m not sure it does that much good for me but I use it anyway. At night when it’s really bad, I sometimes use a mild over the counter sleeping pill/pain reliever so I can sleep.

  4. meryem says:

    Girl, try tar products, they are really useful. I bought lotion made of tar and it really worked for me. No psoriasis in my vagina anymore, but I still have in other places like elbows, knees and calves due to shaving.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Hi all. I have genital psoriasis “up there” and nothing helped until I started taking Otezla for the rest of my issues. I started Otezla (an oral tablet, 30 mg twice a day) at the beginning of Dec 2014, it is now Feb 16, 2015 and I can tell the psoriasis is about 98% gone!! If you have insurance, this new-to-the-market (May 2014 in US) can really help! The company has a financial program to help with co-pays. My co-pay is $400 (yikes!) but with their program, I pay $0 every month. That is fantastic!! I do not sell this, I am not a doctor nor a pharmaceutical rep. Just a patient like you who wants to help others by telling what worked for me. So go ask your doc about It! Good luck to all of you :)

  6. DeeCee says:

    Why are the nights so bad? I lie awake every single night twitching & squirming in the bed trying not to scratch as it just makes it so much worse – sometimes leading to open sores bleeding which is very painful next day when urinating. It’s all so upsetting, but Coconut Oil definitely helps, I’m so grateful for this site that I found that advice. Thank you x

    • redblob says:

      Hi DeeCee. Knowing that this site pointed you to trying coconut oil has put a massive smile on my face :D Really happy about that. I hope you’ve continued to gain relief. If your nights are simply unbearable, have you tried taking a mild antihistamine before bed? These can take the edge off the itchiness somewhat.

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