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Psoriasis
symptom advice

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Skin folds

Skin folds include the armpit, beneath the breasts, between the buttocks and the groin and genitals. These are sensitive areas where the skin folds, causing friction and sweat. Plaques in these areas may not be scaly like other plaques and may be redder and shiny, potentially more painful, and require different products and treatments designed for sensitive areas.

Psoriasis advice: Skin folds

  • Plaques in skin folds may be worsened by tight clothing, so wearing clothes that fit as loosely as possible may help.
  • Products designed for sensitive skin (sanitary towels, tampons, condoms, toilet paper) and certain underwear (silk, linen or cotton) may help to reduce the friction.
  • Certain chemicals, such as those found in deodorants, antiperspirants and spermicide containing contraceptives may irritate psoriasis further, so it is best to avoid using them.
  • Many people with genital psoriasis find it has a big impact on their sex life. For more information, see the genital psoriasis section.

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