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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.



55 Responses to Taming Vaginal Psoriasis (QUICKLY!)

  1. Heather says:

    I have read that many people have success with drinking Bragg’s all natural organic apple cider vinegar twice a day. it heals your from the inside out – you can also apply it to your skin in the affected areas.

  2. chrissie brooks says:

    I use clobetasol at night and then powder myself (Dr’s instructions) with regular corn starch during the day – kinda messy but it works

  3. Catherine says:

    Hi, my name is catherine and I have vaginal psoriasis for almost 4years now. It is so itchy and sometimes can’t help to scratch it specially during night time. And thanks to your blog, I’m going to try curcumin capsules and ACV because I have read comments about it being really effective and works like magic , I hope it works for me.

  4. Dede says:

    I have had pesorises for over 2 years now and the patchs around the vagina are so itchy :”( the area just looks so bad and i feel so embarrassed to wear short cloths. But i am trying the cortisol lotions and hopefully they help as they worked for a bit for my scalp.

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