A woman holding a magnifying glass looking at a rendering of what inverse psoriasis looks like.

What Does Inverse Psoriasis Really Look Like?

I haven’t met many people who have had inverse psoriasis. I have only had it 3 times in 56 years and it was usually after something was going on in my body.

The most prominent time I can remember is when I was erythrodermic and had to stop taking all my medication.

What is inverse psoriasis?

Having inverse psoriasis doesn’t stop you from doing everyday things, but it can be very uncomfortable and just irritating enough to get on your nerves. It’s like you always know it’s there.

This type of psoriasis comes with an unusual rash that appears as smooth and shiny. It is red and irritable. Here's the most important factor in this type of psoriasis: inverse psoriasis does not appear on the exposed parts of your body.

It appears within skin flaps meaning body locations such as armpits, groin and under the breasts.

Symptoms and causes of inverse psoriasis

Inverse psoriasis is tender to the touch. Itching and pain can be a problem, as the rash only presents itself in places where your body bends or overlaps. The sweating and friction are what bother me the most and have without a doubt made my symptoms worst.

You can experience inverse psoriasis without having the typical plaque psoriasis. It is not uncommon for people to have more than one type of psoriasis on their bodies.

This means that if you have inverse psoriasis and you notice patches that do not fit the general signs of the condition, you probably have another type of psoriasis. This psoriasis typically occurs in about 2 percent to 6 percent of those with psoriasis.

Treatment options for inverse psoriasis

If you suspect you have inverse psoriasis or any other type, consult your dermatologist or a physician for treatment at once. The sooner you get help, the sooner you can get your condition under control.

There are numerous treatments available to treat inverse psoriasis. These include steroid creams and ointments. Since skin joints are sensitive to fungal and yeast infections, your doctor may also prescribe fungal and anti-yeast creams or creams that can treat multiple symptoms at the same time.

Ultraviolet light therapy can effectively treat the condition. The use of ultraviolet is useful because it is believed that light slows the growth of psoriasis cells. These appointments are usually held at your doctor's office.

Inverse psoriasis awareness

These conditions can emotionally drain us. Most of us know how it feels to be isolated and feel alone. I feel that support is very important. We need to educate others about inverse psoriasis. People don’t understand the effect it can have on us.

Nobody sees it so it’s like a hidden disease. Don’t self-diagnosis, you might guess wrong. We need early treatment as there is no cure. Each treatment can affect you differently and comes with some risks, such as steroid creams that lighten the skin.

Talk to your doctor openly about every symptom you have and about the treatment that works best for you. Always be your own best advocate, if one thing doesn’t work; try something else. Don’t forget to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

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