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The horror of penile psoriasis is hard to describe to those that don’t have it. Imagine your sexy, noodly appendage looking like it’s just been pulled through a paper shredder. Even if you’re into S&M and like your sausage being butchered, it’s not a fun look, let me tell you!
Now imagine slicing this with a butcher’s knife.
Thankfully – so far, knock on wood – I haven’t had problems with P on the peepee.
Penile psoriasis, like psoriasis in general, can appear anywhere on your love vegetable – from the base of the shaft all the way to the top of the glans. Even if you’re circumcised or uncircumcised, it can get you. However, unlike the common plaque psoriasis, the skin looks smooth NOT rough and dry.
If you want to see what a sex machine looks like covered by psoriasis, scroll on down! If not, run away and hide in a cupboard.
It looks like a sunburnt willy, but it’s not! (Courtesy of http://www.edoctoronline.com/)
No, that’s not an exotic variety of Spanish tomato. (Courtesy of http://www.dermaamin.com/)
The good thing about penile psoriasis is that there are many ways of relieving the physical discomfort (and no, not by “massaging” it with gallons of vaseline). While it may look like a desiccated salami, it can still feel great. You just have to treat it right, baby!
The more you touch it, the worse it gets. If you see psoriasis appearing, its best to go easy on the sex/masturbation, because any action will just mean further aggravating the skin and making it sore. For me, 2 to 3 days is enough for it to be back to normal.
Wear 100% cotton underwear and loose trousers. Now, you don’t have to go the way of MC Hammer and get yourself parachute pants, but hipster, penis-rubbing, skin-tight jeans are a bad choice. So is tight underwear, latex, spandex and other ridiculously groin suffocating garb. Cotton allows the skin to breathe properly and absorb extra moisture, which means that any penile psoriasis won’t be further aggravated by the type of clothes you wear. I stick to boxers, but I’m sure Y-fronts or whatever else is fine if it’s cotton.
The third words of wisdom are to use moisturizer! Moisturizing the dry areas in the morning can make the daytime more tolerable; but you will have to experiment with what brands to use to get something non-greasy (“John, is that a mayonnaise stain on your pants again?”). For me personally, a bit of vaseline works well after the shower, but other hypoallergenic creams are just as good.
While the groin and penile area is very sensitive, and therefore can be quite difficult to treat in cases of severe penile psoriasis, it also means that it responds super quickly to creams.
The first line of attack is usually a topical treatment using a cream such as hydrocortisone. Hydrocortisone in particular is one of the weakest steroid creams you can get, and it works well in the groin area.
One word of warning – since the skin is so thin, it can increase the body’s absorption of the cream to 30%. This can lead to a thinning of the skin and even discolouration. However, in my experience, if you use it SENSIBLY, it works well, even in the long-term.
For me, all it takes is 2 to 4 applications over a couple of days to stop the psoriasis before it sexually abuses my love wand. Just take a pea-sized amount and rub it in – a little goes a long way down there (no pun intended!) – and you’ll be back in business in no time.
The second treatment option is phototherapy using UVB light. It can take from 20 to 60 sessions for this to have an affect, and it also has side effects, such as leading to testicular cancer, which is why I’ve never tried it. I recommend that you stick to the creams for quick relief (before exploring longer-term treatments, such as diet changes.)
Update: I just discovered this little gem and had to share it with you.
One of my online buddies who gets psoriasis on the silly willy told me that he uses condoms to ease the irritation, and I have to say, his method is ingenious!
If you’ve ever heard of occlusion, this works the same way. What you do is moisturise your penis really well, then get a condom and squeeze a bit more ointment in there. Now put it over your flaccid penis and go about your day.
You’ll forget that its ever there in about five minutes, and at the end of your day, your penis will start to feel human. The trick is getting the condom to stay put and not slip off. Just experiment with sizes!
redblob I'm just an average 28 year old living with psoriasis. Over the last decade, I've tried everything, from real snake poison to rubbing banana peels over my body. I've finally found an approach that's working for me, and I'm sharing it with all the flakers out there. But Psoriasis Blob is not about one man, it's a growing community of great, red people.
I suddenly developed two red, shiny patches either side of the frenulum on the underside of my love length a few months ago. I went to see a specialist at the hospital where he guessed was psoriasis…BUT in some circumstances could be a rare form of cancer. He wanted to take a sample which involved a knife and my John Thomas…er, no? I’m 99.9% sure it’s psoriasis as it worsens if I’ve had vigorous bedroom activity.
Obviously having read all of the posts on here, there’s no one fix for everyone. I’ve tried the cream from the doc (derm…something) this did very little, canesten as they thought it may be thrush, and now I’m using hydrocortisone with my poor, long suffering penis wrapped in cling film (much to the amusement of the missus). I’ll see if this works!
Has anyone else suffered loss of sensitivity down there? I have had trouble ‘arriving’ ever since the redness first appeared, and it seems to be getting worse. Is this linked to the redness and will return to normal once it’s under control?
Luckily I have an understanding woman, this must be hell for anyone having to explain in a new relationship that this isn’t an STI.
I’m an older man does shaving the pubic area help?
I have a slight rash on my glans looks like it is psoriasis.
Please let know the best cream to use??
Hello. I’d recommend Protopic. I tried most Creams and it just made everything red and angry. Fucibet helps initial Burning to calm. Protopic works to get rid of it for me.
It’s a shame pics cant be attached on here. I previously posted about 3 years ago and never got a reply so I thought I’d update and post again as still need help.
About 8 years ago I noticed some small raised curcular rashes/marks on my penis. They look circular in appearance and slightly raised with a tiny amount of skin on the inside that has come away.