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How should you handle psoriasis in sensitive areas in the bedroom?

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Sometimes, especially to the untrained eye, genital psoriasis can look like an STD. Assure your partner that your skin isn't contagious. Use non-latex condoms to avoid problems with treatments that make latex condoms less effective. You can find them in most supermarkets and pharmacies. Lubricants can make sex more enjoyable for both men and women. Clean your genital area afterward, and apply more medication if you need to. Let your partner know when it's not comfortable to have sex, but don't shut them out.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation.

Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis Alliance: "Psoriasis and Sensitive Areas."

Psoriasis Association (UK): "Psoriasis in Sensitive Areas."

Guglielmetti, A. , December 2012 Dermatology and Therapy.

New York Times : "Weight Loss May Ease Psoriasis," May 30, 2013.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on December 4, 2018

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