How Do You Manage Inverse Psoriasis? Treatment & Home Remedies

Medically Reviewed on 6/7/2022
How Do You Manage Inverse Psoriasis
Treatment can help reduce inverse psoriasis symptoms or make them go away temporarily (remission), but flare-ups can occur throughout life

Inverse psoriasis an immune-mediated, non contagious skin condition characterized by rashes in the folds of the skin, such as the groin, armpits, navel, under the breasts, crease between thigh and groin, and the genitals.

Inverse psoriasis is a chronic condition. Treatment can help reduce inverse psoriasis symptoms or make them go away temporarily (remission), but flare-ups can occur throughout life. 

Although there is no permanent cure for inverse psoriasis, treatment can help manage and alleviate symptoms, including itching and discoloration.

What treatment can help manage inverse psoriasis?

Treatment options for inverse psoriasis may include:

What home remedies can help relieve symptoms of genital psoriasis?

  • Avoid hot water baths and use lukewarm water
  • Limit the amount of time spent in the water to under 15 minutes
  • Use mild soaps and other products that are free of fragrances, dyes, and alcohol
  • Dry the skin gently after bathing
  • Moisturize the skin several times a day using a cream or ointment
  • Use coconut oil to keep the skin hydrated
  • Wear loose underwear and cotton clothing that allows affected areas to breathe
  • Apply petroleum jelly or talcum powder to genital areas
  • Minimize stress
  • Avoid any type of phototherapy (ultraviolet B, psoralen plus ultraviolet-A radiation, or laser treatments) that can increase the risk of developing genital cancer
  • Avoid getting urine or feces on the affected area
  • Consume plenty of fiber to ease bowel movements
  • Take over-the-counter medicines (antihistamines) for severe itching

How serious is inverse psoriasis?

Inverse psoriasis tends to affect sensitive parts of the body and can therefore be annoying, uncomfortable, and painful, but it is rarely serious.

Scratching a rash, however, can break the skin and lead to a superadded infection, which can be more serious and difficult to treat.

Can you have sex with genital psoriasis?

If you have genital psoriasis, you can still be intimate. Tips for reducing irritation during sex include the following:

  • Avoid or postpone sex when the skin on or around the genitals is raw or oozing
  • Before sex, gently cleanse the area by using a mild, fragrance-free cleanser that will help prevent psoriasis medication from rubbing onto your partner
  • Use a lubricated condom, as this lessens the risk of irritating the inflamed area
  • After sex, gently wash the area to help reduce irritation


Psoriasis causes the top layer of skin cells to become inflamed and grow too quickly and flake off. See Answer

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