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Going Commando

Going Commando

Psoriasis, oh psoriasis, the things you have made me do. We will all try just about everything to makes sure the itch is less and comfort is more.  I know that I have tried many weird, wonderful and some downright strange things. All in the name of finding some kind of relief for this terribly itchy and painful skin. Never in a hundred years did I think I would go commando.

If you have not ever had psoriasis in your groin, say a small prayer of thanks. Now, I am not saying that it is worse than any other kind, cause heavens knows, there are some meanies out there. For me though, it was one of the hardest to treat and most painful, not even to mention awkward. It started last summer, with an itch and a scratch, a burn and a tingle as it always does. Nothing could have prepared me for what was to follow.

Below the belt sensitive skin

I initially assumed that the sensitivity was from the material of my underwear, too itchy, too scratchy, maybe a bad design.  Off to the shops, I went, looking or the softest most breathable material undies I could find. I tried, cotton this and cotton that, some bamboo fabric and one or two other alternatives. There was no difference, and in actual fact, it was getting worse. Spreading like tenacious lava from a volcano, with the same heat, capacity to destroy.

Starting as just sensitive skin, just along the line of exactly where my undies touched my skin. It was no longer just that, it was rapidly creating a full-on psoriasis flare. I had never in my life experienced such discomfort. The skin was red, very hot to the touch and the pain was unbearable. Within a week I could hardly walk. Lying on my doctor’s examination table, feeling fragile and embarrassed.

Finding a treatment that worked

I needed to treat the skin vigorously when some prescription meds and eventually treat a yeast infection that had also started.  We must have gone through 5 / 6 different creams and ideas before finding what worked. In a hot and humid climate it was no joke, and often had me reduced to a hot teary mess on my couch. The fan blowing my nether regions cool, offering some form of relief, if only psychosomatic.

Safety net when all else fails

My undies were the first thing to be kicked to the curb. WHAT! Yes, you heard me right, I went commando. It was equated to taking a child’s dummy (pacifier) away from them and making them go cold turkey.  I am a strong person by my very nature, and there are very few situations or people for that matter that can leave me feeling fragile.  Let me tell you something, this was one of them. I find the explanation for commando on Wikipedia to be the most insightful to this feeling. There is not enough credit to the feeling of safety that our undies give us.

Going commando, free-balling for males, or free-buffing for females, is the practice of not wearing undergarments to cover the genitals from outer clothing.1

Happy and free

Lo and behold, you really would not believe it. This was the best thing I could have done for my skin and for myself. I mean have you seen the price of underwear, especially women’s.  I would strongly suggest giving this a go, if it makes you uncomfortable, start by just doing it at home. See how it goes from there. If I should trip and fall over one of my lovely flowing gypsy skirts, it would be a sight to behold. The embarrassment would be colossal. I can tell you though, it would still be worth it.

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  • Alice58
    12 months ago

    Ugh! I wish I could go commando but I have bladder issues and I must wear a little pad at all times… I don’t know what to do about the plaques I have downstairs and with summer here the humidity of Western NY has me a wreck! I have tried psoriasis lotion, itch relief powder and I am at my wits end… I have 5 other autoimmune diseases to contend with as well and I can deal with that pain better than this horrible downstairs icky:(

  • Clair G moderator author
    12 months ago

    @alice58, I am so sorry you have so much to contend with. I can only imagine how hard this must be. the icky it soo much to deal with. Maybe some wipes and powder. Thinking of you. – Clair

  • Barbara
    1 year ago

    I can totally relate. This is how my psoriasis started. A tiny painful spot in that I had biopsied by the obgyn. They couldn’t figure it out, but she prescribed clobetosol, and it kept it in check. But it never really healed. It just kept the pain manageable. This started at age 49. Only recently at age 51, psoriasis as all but disappeared. My secret is a no sugar, no starch diet. I cheated a few times, so you may not have to be overly strict with it. If it works for you, you will notice quickly. I saw significant results in the first 20 days. Give it a try. It’s not that bad. Your liver will love you for it. And your waistline. And you can still eat lots of cheese. It’s so worth it! #NAFLD-Psoriasis

  • Clair G moderator author
    1 year ago

    @barbara Thank you so much for the recommendation, I have been looking at following a similar eating plan. this sure makes it sound worth a shot. 20 Days is pretty quick to see a result. I am so happy to hear that you found something that works for you. My liver is in some need of TLC. Warm Wishes. ClairG

  • Alisha B
    1 year ago

    I love this article so much lol

  • Clair G moderator author
    1 year ago

    Thank you so much @alishab.

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