Approximately 7.5 million Americans suffer from psoriasis, according to the National Institute of Health. This skin disorder can affect various areas of your body and may be affiliated with other health conditions. There is no known cure for psoriasis but there are many treatments available to help you manage your symptoms.
Description & Classification
Psoriasis is a chronic disease and may or may not be painful for you. This skin disorder causes cells to build up on the surface of the skin, rather than shedding off normally. If you have psoriasis you will have thick silver scales with itchy, dry, red patches.
The National Psoriasis Foundation has three classifications for psoriasis: mild, moderate and severe. Each classification depends on the how much coverage is on your body and the severity of it. Mild psoriasis is when you have less than two percent body coverage. Moderate psoriasis is when you have three to ten percent psoriasis on the body. If you have more than ten percent of psoriasis on your body your classification would be severe.
Psoriasis can show up anywhere on the body including: eyelids, ears, mouth, lips, fold of skin, legs, arms, hands, feet and nails. The skin is different at each location and will be treated differently.
Psoriasis on Thighs
If you have psoriasis on the thighs it is usually found on the upper section of your thighs. You will notice small, round patches that are red and scaly in appearance. Due to the location of psoriasis, it will be easily irritated as the thighs rub together. When you walk or run the psoriasis is more likely to get irritated and become bothersome.
You may also experience psoriasis a bit further up, in the crease between the thigh and groin. In appearance, the psoriasis will not be scaly but still red and white. The skin may have cracks in it. An infection called intertrigo is possible if you have psoriasis in this area and are either overweight or athletic.
Types of Psoriasis on Thighs
There are many types of psoriasis and some are specific to certain areas. For psoriasis on the thighs you may have any one of the following types of psoriasis:
Plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis. The appearance is dry, raised, red skin lesions that have silvery scales. It may have only a few lesions or many and some areas of the skin may crack.
Guttate psoriasis will only affect you if you are under 30 years of age. Most of the time it is also triggered by a bacterial infection like strep throat. The appearance is small, water-drop-shaped sores that are covered by a thinner scale. This type of psoriasis may go away on its own or come back.
Inverse psoriasis is very common in the armpits, groin, under breasts and around genitals. The appearance of inverse psoriasis is smooth, red, inflamed skin and is usually more common if you are overweight. Friction and sweating will make the psoriasis worse.
Pustular psoriasis is not a very common type of psoriasis and it can appear widespread on your body or in smaller patches of hands, feet and fingertips. This type of psoriasis has small blisters that form after your skin has become red and tender. Within a day or two the blisters will dry but may reappear every couple of weeks. You may also feel fever, chills, severe itching and fatigue.
Erythrodermic psoriasis is another less common type of psoriasis, this classification of psoriasis can cover your whole body with a red, peeling rash. The rash can be quite severe in itching and burning sensations and may be made worse by sunburn or corticosteroids.
There are a variety of medical treatments available to help manage your psoriasis. The first recommended action is using topical creams or ointments. Some topical treatments are available over-the-counter or by a prescription from your doctor.
Phototherapy, otherwise known as light therapy, exposes skin to ultraviolet light in a medical setting. Consistent use of this therapy is essential for success. Psoriasis may worsen a little at first but should get better with continued exposure to ultraviolet rays.
If you suffer from moderate to severe psoriasis and topical ointments and light therapy has not worked for you, your doctor may prescribe systemic medications. Systemic medications are taken orally in pill or liquid form, or given via an injection.
Complementary medicine is beginning to grow and a study release in December 2008 by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics, indicated 38.3 percent of U.S. adults used complementary medicine.
The National Psoriasis Foundation has not found evidence that alternative medicines can work to treat psoriasis on the thighs and suggests you consult with your doctor before beginning any treatments.