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Inverse Psoriasis

Inverse Psoriasis

Of the many forms of psoriasis, inverse psoriasis is unique because it appears only in body folds like the armpits, groin, infra-mammary fold (under the breasts), buttocks, and sometimes the genitals.  Patients who are overweight tend to have a worse time with inverse psoriasis because the extra weight creates deeper skin folds.  Inverse psoriasis appears as smooth, shinny, bright red lesions.  Inverse psoriasis is more prone to irritation simply because of its location because of sweating, rubbing, and potentially tender areas.  Treatment for this kind of psoriasis presents a challenge because of the location of the inverse psoriasis plaques.  Steroid creams are effective for some patients.  Because of the skin folds and moist nature of the areas where inverse psoriasis presents, patients can also develop fungal and yeast infections.  Therefore, it’s not uncommon for the dermatologist to test for yeast and/or fungus in order to prepare the most effective treatment.   Regrettably, many patients who suffer from inverse psoriasis, also have another type of psoriasis affective other areas of the body.  Psoriasis is a frustrating disease that presently has no cure, but when patients commit to work with their dermatologist a treatment plan can be devised to successfully control the disease.  Medical researchers continue to gain new ground in a search for more effective treatments, and hopefully, one day, a cure.  In Houston, at West Houston Dermatology we’re expert in treating patients with all forms of psoriasis. West Houston Dermatology is committed to their patients’ well-being and works tirelessly to find the right treatment for each psoriasis patient.