Inverse psoriasis is also referred to as flexural psoriasis and it is one of the types of psoriasis. Basically, it damages the skin and appears with bright red patches particularly on places like folded skin. It can also appear under the breast, armpit, in the groin parts as well as buttock. There are no scales, which is the main character of plaque psoriasis but still inverse psoriasis is more painful and itchy. The reason is that it is kind of psoriasis which usually occurs in the armpit part and groin area which is often diagnosed incorrect as a fungal infection and yeast. If inverse psoriasis remains untreated it can create problems like fungal infection and yeast as well as other minor skin issues.
Although yeast infection of the skin is usually reacted with the inverse psoriasis but still it is unknown that yeast infection increase the psoriasis either by sweating skin or irritating skin from the psoriasis can lead to yeast infection.
Not like a plaque kind of psoriasis, inverse psoriasis does not gather many scales but still it is wound like as sores in rashes and red. It can be shiny red in color and even it has smooth patches of skin which are quite often painful and itchy. If the sufferer along this problem rubs his or her skin together while walking with thighs rubbing or even skin rubbing under the armpits together, it can make psoriasis worse and increase it due to the movement. When this problem becomes serious sufferer feels pain while movement.
As compared to the other kinds of psoriasis, flexural psoriasis is quite persistent that no prescribed medicines can give surety that inverse psoriasis can be reduced. For treating inverse psoriasis usually dermatologists and doctors will suggest corticosteroid creams. Still these ointments and steroid creams only give relief for short period of time in most cases.
Inverse Psoriasis Treatment
For treating it properly it is must to treat both the problems i.e. the yeast infection with the help of yeast infection pill or yeast infection cream and inverse psoriasis can also be treated with many available inverse psoriasis treatments.
The affected skin is extremely sensitive which can create difficulty for treating the inverse psoriasis. There is no doubt that steroids ointments and creams are more effective but still sufferer can’t use steroid occlusive dressings because it can develop more moisture. The excessive use of steroid cream can make the skin thin as well as too much stretching marks in the skin can also occur. As skin in inverse psoriasis is already thin so after using steroid cream for longer period of time it becomes even thinner. Along with the antifungal cream diluted topical steroids can be taken like 1-2 percent hydrocortisone cream.
There is another topical agent such as Calcipotriene or Dovonex which can work effectively for treating inverse psoriasis but it should be used with proper care as it can be quite irritating to the sensitive skin. Even it also holds the similar fact for the anthralin cream and coal tar making. Psoriasis can get worse due to the irritation of the skin. In order to treat inverse psoriasis some topical ointments such as Protopic and Elidel are also prescribed. These medicines are FDA approved for eczema and these are usually used for easing the symptoms of psoriasis in folded skin. It is better not to use these creams for longer period as these are strong and it can increase chance of skin cancer, lymphoma and viral infections
If the condition of flexural psoriasis is serious then systemic medicines are regularly used to ease the symptoms. These strong medicines work effectively to ease the symptoms of psoriasis in most of the cases but it does not work for everyone. Cyclosporine, Acitretin and Methotrexate can seriously weaken the immune system just for reducing the severity of psoriasis. It can be taken orally and dosage are different that depends upon the sufferer’s requirement. Some very mild side effects such as vomiting, fatigue and nausea can occur. There are some serious side effects such as bleeding, gastrointestinal ulcers, liver cirrhosis and acute hepatitis. On the other hand, body-wide treatments are called biologics that are injected. Biologics like Stelara and Enbrel work on the inhibit cells which produce the symptoms of the psoriasis. Some mild side effects are such as tiredness, headache and irritation occurs at the area of injection. Some serious side effects such as some brain infections, cancer and seizures.
Inverse Psoriasis Remedies
Particular creams and powders cure the dry wounds which occur due to the inverse psoriasis. Doctors prescribe Castellani’s Paint and it is especially mixed by a pharmacist. Sufferers apply the paint on the affected part with the help of brush and the cream dry the wound in the skin folds. On the other hand, powders can be effective too. There are sufferers who don’t like strong smell of paints and they usually use it before going to bed and when they get up in the morning use powder.
Different types of herbs may be helpful in treatment for inverse psoriasis like Oregon grape in a 10 percent cream as stated by the University of Maryland Medical Center, UMMC. Even UMMC add that psoriasis can be decreased with the help of aloe vera gel in a 5 percent cream. The herb Oregano oil and Coleus forskohlii are also helpful in treating the psoriasis that is Anecdotal reports recommend. Small patches of psoriasis may be prevented with the help of burdock root particularly when it is combined with cleavers by the University of Utah. Moreover they add that Echinacea can improve immune system as well as to combat against the infection that can affect the skin. Contact health professional before starting any herbal item on the skin.
Different vitamins might prevent symptoms as well as ease the skin part which is affected by the inverse psoriasis. As UMMC state that cream carrying vitamin B-12 and avocado can help in treating the psoriatic wounds even extra research is needed. Vitamins (A, C, E and D) and the minerals zinc, selenium, and sulfur in the form of the compound called Methylsulfonylmethane which is a naturally-occurring compound, it might keep the skin protected from wound and also decrease psoriasis by the University of Utah. Taking vitamin A or carotene support in improving skin flexibility and lack of vitamin A may increase chance of psoriasis in the genetically prone. Proper guidance should be taken before taking excess doses of any minerals and vitamins.
As psoriasis is cause of improper working of immune system. Only treating skin wounds can just hold back the symptoms but not treating the root cause of the problem. Exercise and proper diet is one of the harmless and effective ways of curing psoriasis. Even it has no harmful side effects or longer lasting threat.