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Psoriasis
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Genitals

People with genital psoriasis report often experiencing itch, discomfort, redness, stinging/burning, pain and scaling. This can have a big impact on the experience of sex and worsening symptoms following sex which can lead to lower sexual activity, avoidance of sexual relationships and reduced sexual desire. If you have genital psoriasis, you may feel embarrassed because of the location and worried about people’s reactions. While psoriasis in this area can be difficult to deal with, people with psoriasis can try many things to control their symptoms.

Psoriasis advice: Genitals

  • If you are sexually active, being open, sharing your concerns and reassuring your sexual partner your genital psoriasis is not contagious or a sexually transmitted disease may help you both feel more comfortable.
  • Using ‘cooling’ lubricants containing mint or other soothing herbs may help during sex. Avoid ‘warming’ lubricants, which can cause or worsen flare-ups.
  • Following sexual intercourse, thoroughly clean your skin which is likely to be sweaty, and reapply any creams, ointments or oils you use to moisturise your skin while it is still damp.
  • Thrush infections may worsen psoriasis; effective hygiene and resolving the infection quickly may reduce the impact the infection has on your skin. Speak to your GP or pharmacist about treatment for thrush.

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