Psoriasis on Penis

** Originally posted by SuarezND **

Hey Guys out there with Psoriasis...

Has anyone had issues with Psoriasis on their penis? This is pretty embarrasing but, recently I started getting large red areas on the head and shaft of my penis after sex or masturbating... I went to the doctor and he said it looked like Psoriasis...I don't have it anywhere else on my body, but the fact that its on my penis really bothers me, as you could probably imagine.... Its just red areas of skin, kinda looks like a bad sunburn...and it doesn't flake like I guess psoriasis elsewhere does. Has anyone else come across this? I was prescribed Dovonex and I used it and while one it cleared up one area, it made another area red...I hear Dovonex frequently causes irritation so I don't know if thats what happened. Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone my have! Thanks!!! Good luck to you all.

MAS

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** Originally posted by MikeK **

Hi MAS,

Welcome to the Board! :cool: Nice to meet you.

You might want to try using either some Elidel (here's a link to some additional information: http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/rxdrugprofiles/drugs/eli1609.shtml) or some Protopic (here's a link to some additional information: http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic2/tacrolimus.htm). They're both approved for eczema but are often prescribed for psoriasis. They're also safe to be used in places like the penis. I've had excellent results using Protopic there. Protopic is an ointment and Elidel is a cream. It sometimes helps to alternate use of both meds. (I.E., Use one in the morning and one in the evening or two twice a day on one day and the other twice a day on the next day.) Some people have reported good results using Desitin, which is a diaper rash cream. Here's a link to a previous thread where Desitin is discussed: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=11047&highlight=Desitin and here's a link to some additional information about the Desitin product that they are talking about: http://www.desitin.com/en/?dsp=21&psp=20.)

Finally, I find that it helps to avoid anti-bacterial and deoderant soaps because they tend to dry out and irritate my psoriasis. I have the same problem with the dyes and fragrances in laundry detergent and dryer sheets, etc. I haven't had any laundry related problems since I switched to "free and clear" laundry products. And, here's a link to a previous discussion about psoriasis and soap: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5940.


I hope this helps. Good luck. Keep us posted. And, please don't be a stranger.

Mike

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** Originally posted by misales **

Be careful too. If you've got a good case of psoriasis you just might find it showing up on the elbows, chest, back, belly, knees, feet. If your skin feels funny and you get to itching it's time to see the derm again. Were all different but psoriasis is known to "grow".

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** Originally posted by s_s_harvey **

Hey Guys out there with Psoriasis...

Has anyone had issues with Psoriasis on their penis? This is pretty embarrasing but, recently I started getting large red areas on the head and shaft of my penis after sex or masturbating... I went to the doctor and he said it looked like Psoriasis...I don't have it anywhere else on my body, but the fact that its on my penis really bothers me, as you could probably imagine.... Its just red areas of skin, kinda looks like a bad sunburn...and it doesn't flake like I guess psoriasis elsewhere does. Has anyone else come across this? I was prescribed Dovonex and I used it and while one it cleared up one area, it made another area red...I hear Dovonex frequently causes irritation so I don't know if thats what happened. Anyway, I'd appreciate any advice or suggestions anyone my have! Thanks!!! Good luck to you all.

MAS

I would not put Dovonex on my penis, no offense. You should consider using Miraderm. It has a fairly low concentration of Salicylic Acid and it would be absorbed fairly quickly. I would contact them first and ask if there are any issues with treatment in the pubic area. I'm pretty sure there are not.

I would also keep any steroids out of that area, for obvious reasons. You really don't want skin thinning there ;)

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** Originally posted by chris_schornack **

I have the same thing happen to me on my penis. I have a very active sex life and with the enbrel it seems to not flair at all, so if u can get the enbrel approved, go for it. When I don't do the enbrel, because sometimes I hate jamming the needle into my leg, it can get really flared, but my girlfriend doesn't care luckily and isn't wierded out. If it gets flared stay away from having sex, because it can cause a lot of scarring and comfort problems. Good luck man! P is the worst thing in the world sometimes for us guys.

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** Originally posted by vini68 **

Hi
Welcome to the boards .
I usually have psoriasis in the genital area . Never use steroids in there. I used years ago , and I got a scar that looked like a cut (stitch) scar . It took more than 5 years to go away .

Since the skin is more sensitive in the penis , just keep it moisturized (plain vaseline will do it ) , and simple hydrocortisone 1% (OTC) will help .
Hydrocortisone does nothing for the body , but , it seems to help in the genital area .
If you can go to a doctor , ask for elidel as advised by Mike .

Take care
vinny
:)

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** Originally posted by Ozz13 **

Doesn't Hydrocortisone also cause skin thinning?

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** Originally posted by s_s_harvey **

Doesn't Hydrocortisone also cause skin thinning?

It does. Less extreme but less effective. I still would recommend
Miraderm. It has a low content of salicylic acid, no steroids and no coal tar.

Best

Steven

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** Originally posted by vini68 **

Hi
Is Miraderm over the counter?
Thanks
Vinny

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** Originally posted by s_s_harvey **

Hi
Is Miraderm over the counter?
Thanks
Vinny

Yes it is. Available mostly in independent stores, on the web and some regional CVS's. I would send them an e-mail and ask them about use on
that specific "location".

Best,

Steven

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** Originally posted by kingturley **

I have had psoriasis there. I tried using the .5% Clobetasol Solution that I was using for me scalp (I use cream for my arms, solution for my scalp.) It burned the first time I tried it, which is normal with anything for me, but it cleared it up in no time at all.

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** Originally posted by Ironchef **

Weird that you would be told to put dovonex on your penis since it isn't really for that type of skin. Also because you hadn't been diagnosed with P, nor do you have it on other parts of your body. Perhaps a second opinion might help, or get a culture/biopsy (if that's possible without making you pass out). Very odd to start getting P there.

Perhaps just regular lotions or other mild, but thick OTC cremes like Cetaphil Moisurizing Cream, or something that will keep it from flaring.

And obviously give "it" a rest if it's getting red! Nothing like having your unit disabled because of overuse! lol Maybe God doesn't want you using it so much? hehe, jk.

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** Originally posted by matt123 **

indeed, up and down sides of legs to scrotum, about 7 inches, and anally exterior, and interior (about a cm)

Vaseline works for the penis, elidel.

i used stronger stuff back in the 80s, and paid the price (thinned skin)

trying enbrel now

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** Originally posted by shiloh962 **

I'm with Ironchef on that one. Seems a little strange to have a first out break of psoriasis there. I'd definitely be seeking a second medical opinion and if it is psoriasis, Dovonex isn't the thing to use. My Dr. gave me Elidel.

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** Originally posted by s_s_harvey **

I'm with Ironchef on that one. Seems a little strange to have a first out break of psoriasis there. I'd definitely be seeking a second medical opinion and if it is psoriasis, Dovonex isn't the thing to use. My Dr. gave me Elidel.

Actually, I read from a reputable skin researcher that Elidel's mechanism of action really does NOTHING against psoriasis. I am going to try to dig it out.

Should do for some interesting discussion

Best,

Steven

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** Originally posted by s_s_harvey **

indeed, up and down sides of legs to scrotum, about 7 inches, and anally exterior, and interior (about a cm)

Vaseline works for the penis, elidel.

i used stronger stuff back in the 80s, and paid the price (thinned skin)

trying enbrel now

By stronger stuff you mean steroids, I assume. What topicals did you try?
I can imagine your condition being very uncomfortable.

Best

Steve

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** Originally posted by jcmuro **

Hi, I have what you said and it was cleared with PROTOPIC works awesome in that area because is pretty mild......you can find me in AIM YOMAMAFRICA.
Good luck !!

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** Originally posted by bobj **

hello all -- I have psoriasis on my penis as well and it seems to be traveling. it does not seem to be consistantly in the same spot, but seems to move from location to location. Are there any holistic remedies for that area that anyone knows of? I was wondering if anyone runs into problems dating or if their girlfriends have issues with it. I am 26 and am really reserved when it comes to dating. I also have patches covering my hands, elbows, and about 20% of my legs.

thanks for any response
bobj

ps -- I was also wondering if anyone has heard of and/or used skin-cap to treat. It really helped me clear up at one point, however does not seem to work any more.

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** Originally posted by MikeK **

hello all -- I have psoriasis on my penis as well and it seems to be traveling. it does not seem to be consistantly in the same spot, but seems to move from location to location. Are there any holistic remedies for that area that anyone knows of? I was wondering if anyone runs into problems dating or if their girlfriends have issues with it. I am 26 and am really reserved when it comes to dating. I also have patches covering my hands, elbows, and about 20% of my legs.

thanks for any response
bobj

ps -- I was also wondering if anyone has heard of and/or used skin-cap to treat. It really helped me clear up at one point, however does not seem to work any more.

Hi Bob,

Welcome to the Board! :cool: Nice to meet you. I'm sorry to hear that you're going through such a rough time. I just posted a copy of your introduction to us in a brand new thread. Here's a link to it:http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?p=137067#post137067. I figured that you'll probably get more responses that way.

Since you posted a reply to this thread, I'm guessing that you've read about the various suggestions that have already been made about treating psoriasis on the penis. Hopefully, you read about something that you haven't tried yet. Please let us know if you have any questions.

You asked about holistic remedies. You might want to check out the "alternative treatment" thread. It's very long but it's chock-full of various holistic and natural treatments that people have tried to get their psoriasis under control. Here's a link to it: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=3404. One of the most frustrating things about psoriasis is that something that works for one person may or may not work for another. Some people have reported that their psoriasis has been helped by using tumeric. Here's a link to a thread that includes a post that has some links to some prior discussions about tumeric: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12655. There's also been a lot of debate on the board's lately about using something called Slippery Elm to treat psoriaisis. Here's a link to the sometimes heated discussion: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12172.

You also asked about Skin Cap. I can only thing of one other person who posts here (and his screen name escapes me at the moment or else I'd post a link) who mentioned that he had some success with Skin Cap. He hasn't posted in a long time. Here's a link to a typical skin cap discussion: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=12466&highlight=skin+cap.

Here's some links to some previous discussions about psoriasis and relationships:
http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5588; http:// http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=11975&highlight=relationshi ps; and http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8188&highlight=relationship s.

For the psoriasis on your elbows, you might want to try some Cordran Tape. It looks like scotch tape, but the "sticky" side has some medication on it. You leave it on for a couple of hours. (I leave it on over night.) The scales come off with it when you take it off. The treated area looks and feels much better. Here's a link to a very informative thread about it: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=2967&highlight=poor+defeate d+plaques and here's a link to some additional information about it: http://www.rxlist.com/cgi/generic2/fluran_ids.htm.

I find that it helps to -- in the words of my dermatologist -- "mosturize, moisturize, moisturize". You really can't overdo it when it comes to moisturizing. I find that it helps to rotate brands and to use only those moisturizers that are labeled "fragrance free", "for sensitive skin" and/or "non-irritating".

I also find that the kind of soap and laundry products that I use makes all the difference in the world. For example, the dyes and fragrances in detergent and dryer sheets, etc. tend to irritate my psoriasis and make it even drier and itchier then it already is. I've had similar problems with anti-bacterial and deoderant soaps. I haven't had any laundry related problems since I switched to "free and clear" laundry products. And, here's a link to a previous discussion about psoriasis and soap: http://www.psoriasis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=5940.

I'm sorry that this turned into such a novel. You're probably suffering from information overload! :rolleyes: I hope that it helps in some small way. Good luck. Keep us posted. Let us know if you have any other questions. And please don't be a stranger.

Mike

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** Originally posted by RichJ **

I have had psoriasis there. I tried using the .5% Clobetasol Solution that I was using for me scalp (I use cream for my arms, solution for my scalp.) It burned the first time I tried it, which is normal with anything for me, but it cleared it up in no time at all.

hi kingturley
welcome to the p family. you have met some of the wonderful people on here and will find alot of great info. welcome and nice to meet you

have a good day all

richard

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** Originally posted by GitOverIt **

Hi Mas one of the best things I can think of for inverse P, which is probably what you have, is Desitin (found in diaper aisle...ointment for diaper rash)

I discovered it helped when I couldn't find Resinol (an old remedy my MIL swore by) it's base was zinc oxide....so I read labels til I was blue in the face.
When you see them you'll notice two types one has aloe and Vit E in it but less zinc and the other is 40% zinc, which is a skin healer, it doesn't get rid of psoriasis but sometimes will help it disappear or at least help with itching, soreness etc.I used both of them at different times.....

Another thing you might be interested in my thread on "CLEARING UP FROM PSORIASIS". there are several others threads that have branched off from it that is keeping a poll on how well people are doing on the teas.......I'm free of psoriasis now except for a few scalp P spots.

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