Psoriasis is one of the most common diseases affecting genital skin. Genital skin can also be affected in inverse or flexural psoriasis, ie psoriasis that mainly affects the skin folds. Scales may be seen on the outer parts of genital skin. This brief overview explains the main types of psoriasis that affect your skin, nails, and joints. It can appear anywhere on your body, but often pops up in these areas:. Sometimes it covers most of your body, which is called generalized pustular psoriasis. Inverse psoriasis, also known as intertriginous or skin-fold psoriasis, is a form of psoriasis that presents itself as erythematous plaques with poor or non-desquamation in skin flexion folds 5. Inverse psoriasis can compromise genital skin folds as part of genital psoriasis, and it is one of the most commonly seen dermatoses of this area in both females and males 1.
As the term suggests, genital psoriasis is psoriasis in the genital area. Usually, genital psoriasis does not have the typical appearance of thick red scaly plaques that are seen in other areas. Topical vitamin D creams and ointments are effective in treating psoriasis and the newer types are less likely to cause irritation. This is a type of psoriasis that typically appears in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, and in skin folds around the genitals and buttocks. Inverse psoriasis is so named because it’s most common in areas usually spared by the more common plaque-like psoriasis. As with other types of psoriasis, it is not easy to pinpoint what triggers psoriasis in sensitive areas.
The most common form, plaque psoriasis causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. Mainly affecting the skin in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts and around the genitals, inverse psoriasis causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin. View a Picture of Inverse Psoriasis and learn more about Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions. The most common areas are under the breasts, in the armpits, near the genitals, under the buttocks, or in abdominal folds. Text: eMedicineHealth: Types of Psoriasis. For most kids, psoriasis is limited to just a few patches that usually respond well to treatment. The plaques that are produced by many kinds of psoriasis often develop in folds of skin. The patches develop in places where skin is touching skin, such as the armpits, buttocks, upper eyelids, groin and genitals, or under a woman’s breasts.
The most common type is called plaque psoriasis, also known as psoriasis vulgaris. The most common type of psoriasis, about 80 of those who have psoriasis have this type. Found in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts, and in other skin folds around the genitals and the buttocks. It may either be localized to certain areas of the body, such as the hands and feet, or covering most of the body. Plaque-type psoriasis, or psoriasis vulgaris, is the most common form, occurring in about 80 of all psoriasis patients. The most commonly involved areas are the elbows and knees, scalp, sacrum, umbilicus, intergluteal cleft, and genitalia. Inverse psoriasis involves intertriginous areas (i.e skin folds of axilla, inguinal, intergluteal and inframammary regions). Typical psoriasis looks like raised red areas with white scale, most often found on the tips of your elbows and the front of the knees. Psoriasis on the vulva is easily mistaken for dermatitis or chronic thrush and in fact chronic thrush may occur together with psoriasis. The first thing to do is be kind to your skin. Plaque psoriasis is the most prevalent form of the disease. Its scientific name is psoriasis vulgaris (vulgaris means common). The most common type of psoriasis in the genital region is inverse psoriasis. Affected areas The six regions of the genital area that may be affected by psoriasis include: 1. Plaque psoriasis (psoriasis vulgaris), the most common form of the disease, is characterized by small, red bumps that enlarge, become inflamed, and form scales. Pustular psoriasis, which can be limited to one part of the body (localized) or can be widespread, may be the first symptom of psoriasis or develop in a patient with chronic plaque psoriasis. Inverse psoriasis occurs in the armpits and groin, under the breasts, and in other areas where skin flexes or folds.