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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 28 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.

112 Responses to Taming Vaginal Psoriasis (QUICKLY!)

  1. Gabriela says:

    I am from Poland and have had vaginal psoriasis for most of my adult life (from about 20 sth.)Over twenty years I have been misdiagnosed, by gynos. None of them have ever heard of psoriasis on and around the vagina. For years I thought I had a really bad fungal infection because that is what I was told my gynocologists. . So everytime I go to a new gynocologist. I educate them and maybe it will save a young girl from years of pain and doubt. I finally found some info online – and here thank god for the internet because my doctors weren’t bothered to even check. Finally, in 2 weeks time I have an appointment with a dermatologist and am going to demand they test me for this and after twenty years I will know what I have.!!! It’s been an incredibly depressing journey. No One cared enough to diagnose me correctly. Dermatologist just look at your skin and assume they know everything. but they don’t. Remember you have a right to demand tests – I didn’t do that. I personally find that a diet without gluten helps get rid of it.

  2. Karyn Kurtz says:

    I have psoriasis on the outer labia. I’ve read a lot of these stories about treatment of vaginal psoriasis and here’s what worked for me; My (female) dermatologist at first prescribed hydrocortisone 2% and it didn’t help at all. (I have psoriasis on the outer labia which looked white and scaly. ) I also had been misdiagnosed with a yeast infection by my gynecologist, I suppose because of the accompanying redness. I went back to my dermatologist prepared with a photo but instead she looked at the area and prescribed Cosentyx. It’s a monthly injection that can be done at home. It’s done in the upper thigh with an auto inject pen. Kind of like an EpiPen. It doesn’t really hurt, there are no side effects and it worked fast. 2 months later, I had NO SIGNS of the psoriasis. I had been using enbrel for a few years and that was fine for the rest of my body but didn’t help the psoriasis around my labia. Cosentyx is still working and it’s been more than 6 months so far.

  3. Quizzel says:

    I have had psoriasis for probably 10-12 years or so, misdiagnosed until the arthritis got bad enough for me to seek out a rheumatologist. He put me on Plaquenil, then sulfasalazine… now on both together. My vaginal psoriasis started when I was pregnant. I thought I had a yeast infection (my PCP, who misdiagnosed my psoriasis… didn’t even look and told me to get cream for the store), but it didn’t go away till my son was born. We started the Plaquenil, it came back. Over the last month it’s been SO BAD! I thought I had an STD! There’s cuts all over my inner labia! I went to the gynecologist, who thought yeast and we treated with a shotgun for that… but it’s still here. My rheumatologist suggested that it’s the psoriasis and said it’s “rare”… guess my psoriasis likes all the odd places (I have to also on my feet, hands, and barely my knees…. I’m sure it’s in my mouth, my nose, and ears as well but whatever)… when I spoke with the gyno she suggested Crohn’s or low estrogen.

    NO ONE told me how to deal with it. IT HURTS SO BAD.
    This entire post and comments are a godsend! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  4. Michelle L. Wade says:

    So I got this evil last year around the same time, but this yr I hard an ear infection and actually went to the Dr. They gave me antibiotics that didn’t work so she gave me another prescription which fixed my ear but 6 days in, I got hives. Went home took benadryl and slept 3 days. But woke up to this evil again!!! Plus what I thought was roids but after reading all this I think it could be just more EVIL!!! I’m allergic to cocoanut any other tips for me I can’t stop scratching!!!

  5. Kelly says:

    Im exhausted since Nov 2017 I have been suffering badly. Tried every cortisone cream possible. Have to take sleep tablets so I get to sleep. 2 days ago I purchased a TAR basec cream and wallaa its starting to heal. Right now its scabbing up but the itching is reducing. Im using a combination of Elecon Lotion 1% & Tar cream twice daily

  6. Nienna says:

    So I have been dealing with this monster for 8 years. It never fully goes away. The longest it went away was 6 months. It ruined my last marriage. I don’t want it ruining my next one.I’m disabled and unemployed -I’m a widow, my life is one big stress.

    I am allergic to coconut oil so any other suggestions?

    • david turner says:

      dead sea salts in spay with water and hot sun UVA/B in day as tolerated (without clouds?) to dry following with jojoba mixed with vitamin e oil and primrose oil ..(Trader Joes Inc. ..or whole foods…) 28 days for cells to develop and this condition is 3 days. further wash without sodium laurel sulfate. [email protected] santa cruz,ca Clouds do usually block UV rays, particularly the more nefarious UV-B. On a really overcast day, they can stop 70 to 90% of the UV-B from reaching the surface. Under skies that are only partly cloudy, something interesting happens

  7. Kelly says:

    I have been suffering since 2013 and been misdiagnosed until jan 2018 , I got treated for eczema, fungal infections and god knows what but things went crazy and I was severely blistered over Xmas 2017 and got misdiagnosed by gp again but went too sexual health clinic and they referred me too vulva clinic where a consultant took one look no said it’s severevulvs psoriasis and also cellitis, I was in so much pain i couldn’t walk , eat , sleep or wear any underwear just lived in a towel , the consultant put me on auto immune tablets and steroid tabs and at one point I was on 27 tabs a day I’m into my 4th week recovering and not on autoimmune tabs and weaned off steroids and see my consultant regularly , gps aren’t trained in vulva expertise so my advice is always listen too your own judgement and if wanna second opinion then do it and strongly recommend the sexual health clinic route as mine wasn’t sexual related but they helpedx

  8. Martha says:

    Hi everybody, reading all this really moved me, feeling sorry for all struggling flakers, and relieved that I’m not the only one crying in the dark. I’m so happy to have found this website! As a child I had eczema and since 8 years I have eczema AND psoriasis. Eczema is not so bad, just a few spots once in a while in my face or neck. Psoriasis on scalp and since a few months also vaginal, which got very bad a few weeks ago. Suffering other immune problems as well. Had a burnout 2 years ago which made things much worse. I now realize that I had a lot of stress for many, many years having a job that wore me out and living an unbalanced life. Looking back a lot makes sense and I’m glad I have a chance to change my life.
    Last week, after I tried about everything I got crazy because of the terrible itches, I went to see my doctor, couldn’t stand it anymore. He looked at it (I felt so embarrased, it was a war zone!) suspected psoriasis as well as a fungus and a bacteria, so prescribed antibiotics and a steriod creme. He also recommended a dermatologist, but it takes weeks before an appointment. I stopped using the creme after 3 days, the itchting was gone (what a relief), but it got very, very painful instead. After one day the pain was much less… Now I will finish my antibiotics, 2 more days to go and wait to see what the dermatologist says. Until then I shower with African black soap, which works well from head to toe, and after I use bio coconut oil, which is very soothing and cooling. I repeat using the coconut oil several times a day, whenever I feel that it’s getting sore again. I bath with epsom salt or green clay, both doing some good. I just ordered Braggs ACV, luckily you can get that in Holland too! And I will try out all the tips that came across in this super great blog, thanks everybody, keep breathing and take care!

    • redblob says:

      Glad to hear you found the blog useful Martha and that the soap and coconut oil is bringing you relief. You’re definitely not alone in this 🙂 I also wholeheartedly recommend turmeric & black pepper – the organic spice shouldn’t be hard to find if you want to try it before getting the supplements! All the best, Jack

      • Martha says:

        Thnx Jack, I alreay take Curcudyn as a supplement, but I just checked, the pills don’t contain nearly enough turmeric, and no black pepper in it either. Another great way to take turmeric is in Golden Milk, you can find a variety of quick and easy recipes of this wonderful ayurvedic drink on the internet.

      • Karyn Kurtz says:

        I’m so grateful for this blog. Vaginal psoriasis is misunderstood by some physicians. It’s a very isolating. I have a primary physician, a OBGYN and a dermatologist. It definitely takes patience and determination to get the right treatment. My ON GUN didn’t know what it was. They insisted testing for yeast (which I agreed to simply to rule it out). I also use a lot of the suggestions mentioned here. Nothing is 100 %. It’s not my desire to show the dermatologist or primary physician my genitals so I am going to be persistent and present all of my research to them. I was seriously thinking about taking a “selfie” with me to the upcoming appointments. It takes a lot of time away from my much needed employment. I would like to try oral medicine, Otexla is something I want to try. I’d love to know if anyone here has used it.

        • Jenny says:

          Looking for anyone that has tried Otezla for inverse vaginal psoriasis. Has it worked for this kind of psoriasis and what side effects have you experienced? Thanks.

    • Sheila says:

      I have tried everything and I am still suffering. Doctor says stress. I was told couple of months ago to come of my HRT. Last time this happened I had severe Retroperioneal Fibrosis.? It was recommended I go back on then. No problems since. Now I have come of them. This psoriasis has come in my head my back myvagina under my breasts and under my arms. I think my immune systems are not right. Have been given different creams by doctors nothing is helping. HELP. What should I do. I am a very active 75 yr old

  9. Ann says:

    I have tried all the above! Some working better than others but noting really helped on a continual basis. Someone suggested a bidet, which I use a squirt bottle using water after I use the toilet! I think my urine is so strong that it irritated my whole genital and anus area! So far it has relieved the itching 95 percent and its just water! Hope this helps!

  10. Tiffanie says:

    So weird question. I believe I have genital psoriasis and I’m not sure who to contact…my dr, my GYNO or a dermitologist?

    • Carol says:

      Dermatologist. I went to the gynecologist and was wrongly diagnosed. They thought it was a yeast infection. The dermatologist picked up on it right away. Like Jack says, I use a low dose cortisone cream from the drug store and I’m fine. Now I’m being treated with topicals for the other areas on my skin and they are not working. I’m trying light treatment next and some of the things Jack suggests.

  11. Pen says:

    Hello everyone. I’m a recent sufferer as of 3 weeks ago. It started with a slight raw feeling on my vulva and it progressed quickly to this painful, itching and burning THING. I thought I had a STD. I revisited my, and my fiancés, sexual history. The thought even entered my mind that he was less than faithful and contracted something out in the “wild”. So many thoughts running through my head. WHAT IS THIS?!! I even thought I had pubic lice. Scabies. You name it. I was bathing with charcoal soap by Posh. I’d been using it for months for a different skin problem. Now I can’t use it at all as it burns so terrible. I also thought maybe what was going on down there was that I had actually chemically burned my skin off by using that soap. I also thought it was a BAD yeast infection. But Nope.
    In my mission to figure out what I have I was googling “genital herpes”, because I just “knew it had to be a STD” of some sort, I stumbled upon a picture of flexural psoriasis….and sure enough if it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it’s a duck. I am self diagnosing myself here, mind you, but I’m 100% this is what I have. A few months ago I developed (what I thought) was just a heat rash under my left breast. I was doing yard work. Granted it was hot but I’d never had a rash before. It lasted for about a month. I kept putting neosporin on it and it cleared up. It came back a week or so later but again cleared up and hasn’t happened again. I never gave it a second thought until now.
    I think I’ve read every comment on this thread and snapped 50 screenshots of advice. Will try the Apple Cidar first and order some of the referred soaps and lotions. Hope they work.
    Thank you all for sharing and thanks to Jack for creating this blob.

    • Miriam Gerdes says:

      Good luck! I think a lot of it, as far as creams, medications, etc. go, has to go with where you live. I live in USA and have had luck with something others do not agree with. On the other hand, I have had very few breakouts in the last 10 years, especially in the last 3 since getting a controversial cream purchased in Mexico – Dermotovate. I have had it for over 20 years and I have used drugs such as Valtrex, etc. Dermotovate has given me the only stress free times I have had. I do not use it daily or even weekly but when I feel something “might” be going on I can put it on for a couple of days and that’s it, all the itching and “feelings” go away.

      • Pen says:

        Thank you, Miriam. I’ve applied Vaseline and sprayed apple cidar. Although the burn from the cidar is almost unbearable it’s brought much relief from the itching. I feel already feel better from just two applications late yesterday! I plan on ordering special soaps this evening. Hoping this thing will go away soon. It is miserable!

  12. Denise says:

    Hi Everyone!

    My Doctor prescribed me a cream called Daktacort, it must be kept in fridge to keep ingredients active… this is a miracle cream for me. I use it for a week & get about a month relief from it.

    For small patches in my elbows I use another prescription cream called Elocon- it works wonders for me too! Dovobet & Dovonex are just crazy expensive?

    I also found a fantastic shampoo for my scalp- immediate relief! It’s called Scalp18 coal tar shampoo…

    Hopefully these products will help some of you also xxx

    • Jubel says:

      Is the Daktacor for the genital area. What is the generic name? Can it be found in USA? By prescription? Thanks

      • Denise says:

        Sorry I don’t know about USA or generic version… have a look on the internet, the key ingredients are listed on the tube:

        Miconazole nitrate 2% w/w and hydrocortisone 1% w/w.
        Contains 0.2% w/w benzoic acid (E210) and 0.0052% butylated hydroxyanisole (E320).

        Hope this helps! x

        • Nienna says:

          So it’s a yeast infection med with an anti itch cream. Yeah that helped me but the more you use it the less it will work for a yeast infection.

  13. Rhonda says:

    28 year survivor of scalp, elbow and pelvic area…….someone come up with a cure….please!

  14. Lilly says:

    I have genital psoriasis & my Dermo has tried every cream & ointment there is. My co-pay is very expensive! No relief this stuff is awful!! I also have Psoriatic Arthritis & will soon be going on Remicade infusions for the arthritis. My hope is the Remicade will also help the Psoriasis! I am miserable!

    • Debra harris says:

      I’m sorry.

    • Sandra says:

      I think that is what I have my gp has said to mentomy joint pain to the dermo but my fingers and knee are in so much pain xx

    • Emma says:

      Dead Sea salt is a must when having psoriasis! It works wonders believe me! You can buy it from amazon or any supermarket. You can buy the lotion, shampoo and mask it really does work and helps itching redness and flakes!!! I use this and my psoriasis has nearly disappeared!!!! I’ve suffered a flare up and currently using Dead Sea salt in my bath and it’s fab!

    • Gina says:

      Ohhhh I share the frustration, I have not yet even been intimate with someone yet oh and mentioning it? Forget it! Embarrassing. Praise Jesus for this site. I’m sorry fellow Psoriasis brothers and sisters :(. I’ve been to a dermatologist didn’t really work and was energy and time consuming. What works for “other” body parts is MG217 2% COAL TAR formula medicated multi-symptom ointment. Which is just about the only thing that has helped me, I’m not guaranteeing it will help you but please try it. Thank you.

  15. Miriam says:

    I have finally found something that works. Many of the prescriptions on here I was not able to get in the US. I was about at the point of going to a dermatologist because everything my gyno was giving me was not helping. So I did some research and found a prescription that I could not get in the US but could get in Mexico. At that exact time my mother happened to be in Mexico and went into a pharmacy there and was able to get it. You can also get it mailed to you in the US from an online Mexican pharmacy.

    It is called Dermatovate Clobetasol Cream and it is made by Smith Kline

    • redblob says:

      Hi Miriam. Clobetasol is a very strong topical corticosteroid that is normally prescribed for the body, arms, back and NOT for the face or genital area (it can lead to skin thinning, bad flare ups when you stop using it etc). If you do decide to try it, use tiny amounts and for very short periods. I would tread with caution.

    • Jami says:

      How do i order that. I am 51 female. And got this rash over a year ago. I have it on my Vagina rectum elbows knees and scalp. I’m miserable and about scratched my vagina unrecognizable. Please give me any good info. Thank you

    • Zee says:

      Hi Miriam, can you send a pic of this cream I’m suffering too! From where I can get it ? Pls advise
      Thank you!

  16. PS: If you get this cream, make sure you use black knickers. It stains material an orange colour! A small price to pay if it works for you 🙂

  17. My doctor gives me a prescription for Clioquinol 1% & Hydrocortisone 1% cream 30g

    This is the ONLY ointment which has been successful for my vaginal psoriasis. I can go weeks at a time without having an attack while using this cream. I have a “holding cream” as well for just maintenance – LPC 2%IN BOZ ointment 100g I have to keep these in the door of the refrigerator.

    The ointments have to be made up by a dispensing chemist or pharmacy and not all of them do this. You usually have to give them a day or two’s notice. The ointments last about 2-3 months in the fridge. When the small pot starts to discolour it will lose it’s potency. My doctor gave me a prescription for 20 repeats so I have plenty to draw on.

    If I have a flare up and the area is red raw, an emergency relief is a Chamomile tea bag in warm water and you put the tea bag (or bags, I make sure I do several) on the vaginal area. Keep changing the tea bags. I find that they take the burning sensation away – at least for me, they do.

    Whatever you do, DON’T rub the area with a towel – but of course you will know that by now. Sometimes I go berserk and do that and I hate myself afterwards 🙁

    Do please let me know how you get on?

  18. faeezha says:

    my 18 year old daughter developed psoriasis only on the left side of her body . it spreaded like wildfire on her scalp making her scratch until it bleeds. the dry patches is very embarresing for her. Our local pharmacist mixed some creams for her which only relieved her . she used special shampoos as well . now its on her private part and itching all the time . I need advise please. – thank you

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. I know exactly how you feel! After eighteen months of using these combinations, we are just in the middle of summer and my vaginal psoriasis is under control. Never wear knickers at home, only baggy shorts and always use a dermatological shower wash with no perfumes – never soap.

    My specialist made up a prescription for:
    Clioquinol 1%
    Hydrocortisone 1%
    Cream 30

    That is “big guns” of the ointment.

    The “holding ointment” is:
    LPC2% in Box ointment x 100G 1 (whatever that means)

    A chemist/pharmacy/drug store makes up these ointments whenever I need them until the prescription runs out. Have to get another prescription next time I go to the doctor. Black knickers is best with this as it stains material.

    Chamomile tea bags, infused and pressed onto the scabs and burning skin have always relieved my pain. Leave them there (lie on a towel) and keep dipping them into the tea and reapplying.

    Hope this works for you 🙁

  24. Lorraine says:

    Hello and thank you all. I have the type that scabs and rips Just to wear underwear is excruciating. My husband ( thinking like a man) doesn’t totally get the total encompassing pain. I have tried pills, creams and anything you can think of but coconut oil. So that is next. I wondered if the prescriptions for regular psoriasis work that I see on the TV.. My doctor says my PH is off but never offers solutions on how to fix it. I went to a local large hospital dermatology specialist and she was an amazing ass. In a life of pain and suffering in the most intimate of places to have a woman be so very rude. It stinks. Anyway, I am going to speak to a homeopathy specialist. Heck why not?

  25. Miriam says:

    I wish I could help you. I was diagnosed with it maybe 5 or 6 years ago with a punch biopsy so this is definitely what I have. Mine is more constant itch, especially at night and sort of like “cuts” in the creases of my skin in my vaginal area. Also, itching inside. I have switched to wearing only cotton underwear and I also use coconut oil – I just slather it on, as well as an ointment prescribed by my doctor. Nothing takes it away and not sure the above two are really doing much at all. Luckily my doesn’t “crust” and scab but the itching is horrible and never ending. I am thinking about going back to my dr. and seeing what else I can find or any other ideas.

    • Nienna says:

      This is me and I am allergic to coconut oil.

    • Lisa Kania says:

      I have the exact same symptoms. Mine developed all over the private area and rear end much to my delight. My punch biopsy only came back abnormal skin but I KNOW this is what I have. I have had psoriasis on different places of my body since age 16 but this is beyond miserable. I have been suffering and looking for relief for a year. Tried every ointment and cream out there. Here are my go to relief sources that many have been mentioned already.
      1.) Soaking in WARM water with Epsom salt or ACV or Sea salt is a must during a bad flare up. 2.) Really really bad nights I put ice packs in wash clothes to numb the dang stuff.
      3.) Keeping emollient cream on the area at all the times (I like Gold Bond multi symptom psoriasis relief cream) I do use coconut oil but it is too light IMO. Its nice and soothing but has no lasting power. FOR DAYTIME ITCH: Gold Bond cream with lidocaine to numb before I can work out. I also just found Cortizone 10 Maximum Strength Anti-Itch Lotion for Psoriasis, 3.4 Oz. It’s really helping my daily itch control. I don’t know why but it works better (for me) than the straight up cortisone ointment in the little tubes. Lastly, take Benadryl or similar at night to stop the night itch/scratch cycle of hell. None are a cure but just symptom relief. Next, I am looking into the LDI therapy for a cure as I believe this auto immune is a allergen response like many other auto immune diseases. This is a lonely and sad disease. I have cried many a tear over this misery. No one understands but a sufferer that is for sure.

  26. María says:

    Dear Lorrainne,

    I’ve been also diagnosed by vaginal psoriasis. It has been such a terrible time, so I understand you perfectly. I have been going from dermatologist to dermatologist since I found a very good one in Madrid (Spain). She gave me oral corticoids and some creams that makes me feel some relief. But, first of all, you must find a good doctor who knows about this disease and the treatment you must follow. Meanwhile, you can try with coconut oil and put some sterelised vaseline into the area. If you want to know more, please contact me. Here I send to you a very useful link: http://www.everydayhealth.com/psoriasis/genital-psoriasis-uncomfortable-and-unmentionable/genital-psoriasis-is-more-common-than-you-think.aspx

    All the best and courage. I understand you perfectly.


  27. When my vaginal psoriasis was first diagnosed, I was put onto Hydroform cream and that cleared it very fast. However, true to form, the pharmaceutical company withdrew this from the market., however I now have an ointment made up every month – Clioquinal 1% and Hydrocort isone 1%. This is the main one but I also have another “holding” cream made up – LPC 2% in BZ ointment X 100G. The chemist makes these up and that is all the information I have on the labels. Your doctor might know what the names mean.

    When I was desperate with the itching and pain, I made up a tea with Chamomile tea bags, waited until they were lukewarm and then put the tea bags on my labia and just inside the entrance to my vagina. This has the effect of taking the pain and itching out, so perhaps it might work for you too. I do hope so, because vaginal psoriasis is the pits well and truly.

    I wear loose cotton shorts at home with no knickers underneath, always use a dermatological moisturing wash in the shower. I never use soap on my “bits” or the back area. The only soap I ever found okay was goat milk soap, but I only use it if I am exceptionally sweaty and then use the moisturiser after the soap.

    Hope this helps.

    • Glicery Gonzalez says:

      Diane Hockley, I thank you very much for your advice . I think I’m having oroblems with my whoohaa i have psoriatic arthritis for over twenty years and now i know its in my vaginal area also in my head head which i didn’t have before. This disease is quite a mess isn’t it? So fed up I’m on tultz injection and still I’m not under control. Gonna try your advice wish me luck. thanks

  28. Lorrainne says:

    I have had vaginal psoriasis for 7 years. It had been misdiagnosed for that long as well. It HURTS. IT SCABS. IT BLEEDS. As a woman that’s been married for 26 years my husband thought it was an STD. I was crushed. I’ve tried everything. Everything. The scars are horrible, the itching unbelievable. Help PLEASE.

  29. 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!

  30. Lillymaymac says:

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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

  33. elaine says:

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

  34. 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!

    • Marius says:

      Try Dermovate ointment. It is brown. Don’t buy the green one.

    • Kimberly says:

      Lavendar oil!

    • Mine doesn’t itch either…when I first had it years ago I think it itched. Went into remission for years and now seems to be back but more burning/sore. I think I aggravated it with too strong a psoriasis ointment that I use on other areas that have this inverse psoriasis (inside ears). I find so far hydrocortisone 1% most soothing. I think it’s important to have a good quality one with gentle, moisturizing ingredients and not any superfluous junk. Let me know how you are doing if you like.

  35. 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 😀 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.

  36. 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 🙂

  37. 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.

    • Chloe says:

      hi Meryem, what is the name of the lotion? where did you buy? did you feel itchy or sore when you had vagina psoriasis? I want to try the lotion. Thank you.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

    • Glicery Gonzalez says:

      DianeHockley hello. Where can i purchase the dermatological wash for my whoohaa and the dead sea salt shampoo and dead sea salt lotion

  41. Maria says:

    Dear all,

    I’ve been diagnosed genital psoriasis 5 months ago and I’m still fighting against it. I was treated with oral steroids and several creams. I only have psoriasis in my genitals and my head scalp, not on my knees or elbows. My case is very odd (the worst word you can hear when you are at the doctor). After these months my psoriasis has improved a lot, but I can’t say I’m comfortable.

    After reading a lot, there is one interview of an American dermatologist (Dr. Barry Goldman) that I found more hopeful and clear. The article is entitled as “Genital psoriasis is more common than you think”, on everydayhealth.com. I think it could give you some ideas about our illness.

    Nowadays I’ve been treated with a different cream, not steroid, called Elidel, brand name of drug called pimecrolimus. It seems to be very effective on genitals, but please, ask to your doctors before using it. It is very important.I’ve been using it for almost a week and it seems it goes better. But remember, it is not the solution! It’s another option…

    For my daily life, I use vaseline or Aquaphor (Eucerin), just not to have this area more exposed and get it more protected. My dermatologist recommended me this as often as I want, it doesn’t heal but it is very useful.

    I try not to use underpants as often as I can. Don’t sleep with them! You will feel more comfortable, I assure you.

    Hope it will help you!

    Please, take good care.


    • Michelle L. Wade says:

      Iam just like you, head scalp and down under… I’m trying to figure out how to go to work while in the middle of a flare up. Any tips?

  42. Oops, forgot to tick the box for letting me know when someone posts on here, so had to add this in so I can tick the box. A senior moment… 🙁

  43. I am in Australia.

    Miriam, do try the chamomile tea when it’s really bad. I’ve had my “bits” like raw meat with acid thrown on them and it’s the only relief I’ve been able to get. A woman on the lichen sclerosis forum told me about it – that’s what I was diagnosed with for seven years and it was WRONG. The dermatologist took a biopsy (ouch) and it came back psoriasis.

    The HYDROFORM ointment (made by Stiefel) is the best ever and I am still fine after three weeks. You don’t say where you are, so it may be named something differently in another country. It’s an anti-fungal cream with Hydrocortisone (1%w/w) and Clioquinol (1% w/w) whatever that means. Also Paraben, and lanolin. Of course it is fragrance free.

    The dermatologist also prescribed cold tar cream (made up by a pharmacist but within a few hours “you know what” was back again, so I rushed the Hydroform back into action. I only use a tiny swipe of it twice a day and also on my elbow and on my hysterectomy scar which is under my “apron” (I’m not a sylph unfortunately!)

    I, too, never wear knickers at home and used to wear a thick pad with Cortic cream slathered on it when I went out but since using the Hydroform, I’ve been able to wear knickers out. As I told Louise, the H stains material so I’ve been wearing black pants. I only ever use sorbalene cream to wash in, only soap on my feet. Nothing with perfume or additives.

    Do please let me know how you both get on. It’s an awful curse to have and I hope you can get comfortable.


  44. Miriam says:

    I use a prescription medication called Clobestasol Propionate 0.05%. It is the only thing that has helped at all. I was diagnosed several years ago by my gynecologist who did a “punch biopsy” to diagnosis it (majorly painful). A year later I went to a dermatologist thinking they would have better ideas on how to treat it. They didn’t believe I really had psoriasis, even though I told them the biopsy had been sent to a lab. Went back to gyno (same practice, different Dr.) who has been very supportive and is the one who prescribed the above medication. Even with this med, I am in constant pain if it is hot or for many other reasons. I now only wear loose, all cotton underwear, try and wear loose or loose-ish clothing and when it is hot or I am having more issues I take 2 showers a day.

    I feel like my private parts are swollen looking and they often itch, I sometimes wake at night itching, even when I try not to. I have bought some super thin (they don’t make many of them any more) maxi pads for comfort when it’s really bad. When I am on my period, I always use tampons because the dampness from a pad would make the issue much worse.

    If anyone has ideas, meds or anything, please let me know!

  45. Louise, get your doctor to prescribe you HYDROFORM. It’s expensive and it’s an oldie, but a goodie. You might have to go to several pharmacys before you can get it.

    I have had this problem for seven years and finally got to a Dermatologist (I was wrongly diagnosed) and he put me on this. 24 HOURS and it was under control. Do please get it, mate. It can only help you I am sure. Do please let me know how you get on.

    For maintenance, get a chux super wipe or soft piece of material and wipe yourself with warm water after every pee. I keep a few packets of chamomile tea for when there is a flare-up. Make up one bag and then dip the super wipe into the mixture, squeeze it out and then put it between your legs. It soothes incredibly. Once you get onto the Hyroform, you shouldn’t have any more trouble. BTW, it stains your knickers yellow so I will be wearing black ones from now on. Best regards, Diana

  46. Louise unsworth-murphy says:

    Hi my genital psoriasis leaves me in tears every night I am at this moment crying because I’m so sick and tired of it itching like mad I can’t help to scratch or I’m twitching and jerking I used steroid creams upto 3% and just don’t know what else to do its driving me crazy pls help.

  47. I’ve battled this curse for around seven years now and finally, a dermatologist has done a biopsy, results will be available next appointment but he is sure it is psoriasis and not lichen sclerosis which is what I was being treated for.

    I wear no knickers at home, pads soaked in cortic cream when I go out, only wash in anti dermatological gel – but the most effective wash when the burning and pain gets too much is chamomile tea! I dunk a tea bag in warm water and then soak a chux super-wipe in there, hurl myself onto a thick towel on my bed and put the super-wipe on the effected part. Almost instant relief!

    The dermatologist recommended condies crystals (just one or two crystals in a cup of warm water) but I would back my chamomile tea against his crystals any day. I take Neogaston which is a hell of a drug but am hoping it won’t be for long. Interesting to hear everyone else’s methods, thank you all for sharing 🙂


  48. OJ says:

    This may sound bizarre…..
    After showering, take your blow dryer and place it on the cool setting. Blow dry the vaginal area. Then apply a coconut oil or emu oil. This has really helped me.

    • Christie says:

      Nope doesn’t sound bizarre. I do the same. Also use cold rather then warm with the tea or when u wipe run cold water on toilet paper first if you can , just a lil bit . Cold feels better. And yeast and or itching will stop for a while. Hope this helps a little. Yeast in v loves heat. Keep it coool!!!

    • Gina avery says:

      I’ve read this emu oil is good for this too,you can put it in your butt crack and around vagina

  49. cc13 says:

    Hello, I’m not sure if I have this, but I’m getting tired of trying to figure it out. So I came across your site when I was googling my symptoms. Anyway, about 8 months ago I became covered with red itchy white flaky rash spots, in my belly button, ears, scalp, under my breast, and my vagina looks just like that picture. I have been to my Primary care doc, Gyno, and a Derm and all they do is give me different creams… I know it sounds crazy but none of these docs are fixing my problem. The creams are working… but when I’m cleared up.. I stop using them and it comes right back… Its wearing me out. What is wrong with me… I feel like I’m full of fungus. Its gotta be something on the inside of my body that’s causing this. If you have any advice, I would appreciate it.

    • bev says:

      Hi, same thing happened to me. I ended up 80% covered. You need a course of light treatment with steriod back up. steroids can’t clear it when its a large outbreak but the light therapy will get rid of it 90% of the way and then the remainder will be controllable with the steroids. Its a like a miracle when it starts working. Good luck! They should also give you coal tar and perhaps a strong antihistamine to help you sleep.

      For your scalp try Sebco overnight and wash it off using shampoo in the morning. When you’ve dried it, apply liquid betnovate. Bit messy but it works. Light treatment wont work on scalps but treating it every night and then using the betnovate during the day slows the cells down and again you will clear it 90%.

      Never stop using steroids abruptly – you need to wean down off them as stopping abruptly can cause the rash to flare back worse. 9 months into treatment I am now classed as 1% and very happy!

  50. meriem says:

    I just used light tar, bear in your mind that there is two kinds of tar, a very thick one and the other is light. So its better to use the second kind because it doesn’t cause burns on skin. but if you want it to be less painful, its better to use shampoo or body lotion made of tar. It worked for me, and I hope it’ll work for everybody. Goodluck

  51. meriem says:

    Vaginal psoriasis was a nightmare. I read much about tar efficiency, so I used it as a cream only before going bed, then I had a terrible pain like that of burn. I rushed and removed it with water and soap, my skin was so red, and the next day, there was a dry dead skin layer, then removed it, ooops psoriasis is gone! I applied tar just once and its gone.

  52. Tammajenna says:

    When I’m having a break out I take two showers a day. I don’t use any soap at all, just rinse with warm water extremely well. I use my hands, not a cloth. After, I dry my entire vaginal area with thick paper towels. I even keep paper towels in that area for a few minutes to make sure I’m really dry. Like while I’m styling my hair. I ordered this powder on Amazon called Zeasorb, it keeps me really dry all day. Also, sleep naked and let the area dry out as much as possible. Drink tons of water too, it flushed the bacteria out of your body within a few days. Another thing is try not to sweat, it seems to get really swollen and inflamed from sweat. If you can, stuff paper towels around your crotch and the crease of your thighs throughout the day. Seriously, these things work. Good luck.

  53. Pamela Marie says:

    I have it down there by the taint and the inside and when I pee, it is like hell fire!! I’ve used diaper wipes to clean it then put ointment on it. No help! How can I stop the burn? Please help.

  54. Carmen says:

    I use Cortizone cream, the kind made specifically for eczema when I feel the psoriasis start to flare up. I don’t know how weak it is, but I have generally sensitive skin, and it’s worked great for me the past year!

    Summer’s coming up, so ladies, take care to keep the area as clean as possible if you live somewhere hot like I do. I know when I sweat down there it becoming unimaginably painful, though moisturizing daily (or using the cortizone cream in the morning) does help it from becoming too unbearable I’ve learned.

  55. Pamela says:

    To redblob, I am using coaltar shampoo ( T-Gel) I have to use it everyday or it’s back with a vengeance, tea tree not helping.I put cortizone on my scalp at night or I scratch like crazy in my sleep. I also have the arthritis that goes with it, my hands & feet have changed so much since it started a year ago, I wore a size 6 ring but 7 won’t go on, my thumbs look mangled on my right hand, Drs. thought it was Rhuematoid at first. Also think they are on my vaginal walls, feeling pretty icky right now, I also have fibromyalgia so this just sucks. Do you need script for psoritrax?

  56. Pamela says:

    Thanks for the good info, was hoping it was something different but I have horrible flare on scalp, using hydrocortisone until see Dr. 🙁

    • redblob says:

      Hi Pamela – keep your head up! Sorry to hear that you have it, but I do assure you its a very manageable condition. Have you tried any medicated shampoos or coal tar shampoo? I can personally recommend PsoriaTrax! Also, it might seem weird, but my girlfriend’s aunty’s husband has scalp psoriasis, and whenever it flares up, he boils a handful of nettles in a pot and washed his head with it. It normally clears up in a few days 🙂

  57. Tammy says:

    Am I more susceptible to catching an STD while I have an outbreak?

  58. Alisha says:

    I am using Calpsor ointment in the night, coupled with Emoglodyn moisturizer. It has helped me immensely.

    But let me tell you, psoriasis needs long-term treatment – not 4-6 weeks as you wrote!

    • redblob says:

      Dear Alisha, thank you very much for your comment. How are those two treatments working for you?

      I agree with you 100% about psoriasis requiring long-term treatment. I only mean that it should take 4-6 weeks to clear up a recent outbreak “down there.”

      I’ve found out that, if you catch it early, it can be controlled quite effectively; but that is obviously my experience and thank you for sharing yours!

    • nancy says:

      My gyn put me on Clobetasol cream and I use it twice a day. It helped right away. So far 15 days of no itch or burning (Heaven!). I had been dealing with this for well over a year with no help from my regular Dr. and my insurance company denied all requests for tests. Switched insurance and really didn’t need any tests just a new Dr. who has only been practicing for 3 months.

      • redblob says:

        Cheers for your comment Nancy! That’s a Vitamin D derivative, right? It does work really well from my experience, but I remember my doc telling me to go easy on it for extended periods of time because of skin thinning issues. Glad it’s finally brought you some relief!

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