Among those who experience psoriasis, there are some who experience breakouts that occur along the folds of their skin and these ones are considered another type of psoriasis condition called inverse psoriasis. Areas of the body where skin and skin are in contact such as the inner thighs, under arms, groin and even under the breasts (for women) can have the appearance of red patches that appear to look shiny and smooth. The affected areas of inverse psoriasis often rub together and make the condition very difficult for those who suffer from it, as daily tasks are more tedious to overcome because of the itch and pain from the rashes.
Signs and Symptoms of Inverse Psoriasis
Easily detected compared to other forms of psoriasis, inverse psoriasis can be found in areas of the body that have folds and creases like the armpits, along the groin or under the breasts – mostly areas of the skin that have high incidences of rubbing and skin to skin contact. As these areas of the body are prone to keep in moisture and often rub against each other, the red patches that appear become shiny and smooth without any flakiness or scale formation.
What is unfortunate for those who have inverse psoriasis is the fact that they are most likely to have other forms of psoriasis in their body as well when they experience this condition. In comparison to other forms of psoriasis however, inverse psoriasis formations are often show up as smaller patches and are limited in number.
Who are affected with Inverse Psoriasis?
There are no specific genders or ages that are more prone to inverse psoriasis as compared to its other psoriasis counterparts, however it is expected that some who already have other forms of psoriasis may be able to experience inverse psoriasis. Notably because the areas that are affected by inverse psoriasis, psoriatic individuals who have naturally deep skin folds and those who are obese may have a higher risk of developing inverse psoriasis.
Causes of Inverse Psoriasis
Unlike other forms of psoriasis that are often triggered by different factors, psoriasis in itself is already a contributing condition for inverse psoriasis to occur. As mentioned those who suffer from inverse psoriasis will most likely have other forms of psoriasis in their body as well.
There is also a bigger chance of increasing inverse psoriasis through moisture and friction – this is why a large percentage of patch formations occur in the skin folds of the body. Excesses of body weight may also trigger an attack of inverse psoriasis as the skin folds of the body tend to be deeper when overweight – this also causes excesses of moisture and friction in these areas.
Treatment for Inverse Psoriasis
Note that the skin found in areas that have inverse psoriasis formations are often thinner layers of skin and are higher in sensitivity, because of this doctors often advice the ample use of creams and ointments because these are easily absorbed through the skin in these areas of the body. Those who suffer from more severe development of inverse psoriasis may opt to include ultraviolet light therapy to their treatment as well as doctor prescribed medications.