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Is genital psoriasis contagious?

By Anonymous April 26, 2018 - 2:53pm
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Genital Psoriasis contagious?

It is around my upper thigh and all the way to my buttocks. What can I do to reduce flare ups?

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Genital Psoriasis is not an easy condition to live with. Most people go undiagnosed for a long time. It accounts for 7% of all psoriasis cases and only 2-4% cases are isolated to just the genital areas. Symptoms can include but not limited to burning and itching. This is compounded because of the area itself – it is conducive to friction and warmth. Anything that rubs against it makes it worse--things like clothing (ex: tight jeans, leggings), rough toilet paper, sanitary products, bad skin care products (use gentle soap) and even sex activity can make it worse. They say some foods can make psoriasis worse: gluten, diary, sugar, any food containing alkaloids and lectins and alcohol. Treatment will help. I would definitely consult a physician first.

April 26, 2018 - 9:26pm
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

This (or any) kind of psoriasis can run in families so may be hereditary - but it is not contagious.

Inverse psoriasis appears as reddened, inflamed areas in skin folds such as behind the knee, under the breast, and around the genitals. This form of psoriasis is worsened by friction, sweat and obesity, and lacks the scales that are present in other forms of psoriasis. Treatment may include topical steroids, anti-yeast or fungus medications.

Please talk to your doctor about what may work for you.

April 26, 2018 - 3:17pm
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