What Is Inverse Psoriasis?
Among the various forms that psoriasis may take, inverse psoriasis (also known as flexural psoriasis) can be tricky to identify. While most other forms of psoriasis include symptoms of scaly, raised dry skin, inverse psoriasis often does not have scales. Instead, the affected area can be generally shiny, bright red, moist to the touch, and relatively smooth. Symptoms develop on areas of the body with skin folds, where skin touches skin, such as in and around the armpits, behind the knees, under breasts, or surrounding the groin. Unfortunately, inverse psoriasis flare-ups are often painful, and/or very sore. We can help you relieve your symptoms. Read on for more information about identifying inverse psoriasis, understanding triggers to avoid, and finding the right treatment method for you or your loved ones.
Where To Start?
Psoriasis is a common skin condition that affects people around the world. In fact, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation*, more than eight million people have some form of psoriasis. Three to seven percent of patients with psoriasis are diagnosed as having inverse psoriasis. Unfortunately, inverse psoriasis is one of the more painful forms the autoimmune disease takes. Fortunately, by balancing lifestyle adjustments with medicated treatment options, you can start to find relief from those painful symptoms and refocus on the parts of your life that matter most!
To start, limit the affected area’s exposure to moisture. Where skin is contacting skin, moisture causes friction. This can cause the affected skin folds to become more painful and slow healing. The goal is to manage symptoms. Losing weight, wearing breathable clothing, applying unscented body powders that absorb moisture, and keeping the affected area clean will help reduce friction and help relieve your symptoms more quickly.
Inverse Psoriasis Symptoms
- Shiny, bright red skin
- Smooth skin (not dry or cracking)
- Moist rash area
Inverse Psoriasis Triggers
While there is no definition for what causes psoriasis, we have a shared understanding of a few common triggers that may cause flare-ups and/or extend symptoms. To limit your symptoms, consider avoiding the following inverse psoriasis triggers:
- Illnesses like the cold, flu, and strep throat
- Prolonged exposure to moisture (which extends symptoms)
- Certain medications
- Harm to the skin, like sunburns and abrasions
Inverse Psoriasis or Jock Itch?
Because inverse psoriasis often occurs in skin folds near the groin, buttocks, and upper thighs, it is commonly confused with jock itch. While symptoms for the two skin conditions are similar, they are unique and can be easily identified with the right understanding. So what is the difference, and how can you tell if you’ve got inverse psoriasis or jock itch?
Symptoms Showing Inverse Psoriasis
- Smooth areas of red, painful skin
- Moist to the touch (not cracking or flaking)
- Complete circular/oval shaped areas of affected skin
Symptoms Showing Jock Itch
- Flaking, peeling, or cracking areas of red skin
- Burning, itching, or stinging symptoms
- Generally found in areas of high friction
- Circular and crescent-shaped areas of affected skin
Each skin condition requires a unique treatment method to relieve symptoms. Since jock itch is a fungal infection caused by prolonged exposure to moisture, it can be relieved with a jock itch treatment cream, such as Triple Paste AF, that blocks out moisture and seals in medication. Since inverse psoriasis is an autoimmune disease, contact your doctor for treatment options and lifestyle recommendations.
Inverse Psoriasis Treatment
Sometimes inverse psoriasis can be unbearable, and it may seem like a major roadblock. At Summers Laboratories, we want to help our friends, family, and customers better understand how to manage their psoriasis symptoms, and feel more comfortable in their skin. We also believe that the most effective approach to inverse psoriasis treatment is to balance lifestyle changes like keeping the affected area dry and avoiding triggers.
More About Types of Psoriasis
Psoriasis presents itself in a variety of forms, and each type exhibits unique symptoms. Read on to see if you or your family are dealing with inverse psoriasis, and/or to Learn more about other types of psoriasis here.