Psoriasis can occur anywhere, including the knees, elbows, torso, and sensitive places like the face, genitals, and areas where skin touches skin (intertriginous areas).
About Plaque Psoriasis
What is Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a skin disease that commonly appears as raised and scaly red plaques on the skin. It can occur anywhere (yes, anywhere) on the body and may look and feel different depending on location.
Has your psoriasis had a negative impact on your psychological wellbeing and day-to-day life? You’re not alone. Psoriasis impacts around nine million people in the United States. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, with itch as the most troublesome and frequently reported symptom. Psoriasis can also have an impact on emotional wellbeing and quality of life.
Many individuals avoid sharing all of their symptoms with their healthcare provider, such as all of the places where they have psoriasis or how it impacts their emotional health. This is especially true of psoriasis that occurs in areas where skin touches skin, called intertriginous areas (pronounced in-ter-trij-in-us), like the armpits, under the breasts, stomach folds, between the buttocks, and in the groin area. Intertriginous psoriasis, also called inverse psoriasis, might not look like the typical raised, dry, or cracked scales, but instead may appear as moist, smooth and shiny lesions.
Many people afflicted may not even realize what they have in these more private areas is psoriasis, and may avoid showing their doctor out of embarrassment, choosing to suffer quietly instead of seeking readily available treatment.
It doesn’t have to be that way.