Penile Psoriasis

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  1. Imported

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    kracken: I really hope someone can help me out. I've been having problems with a lot of dry skin all over the shaft of my penis and occasionally the head. I've gone to an Allergist and an Infectious Disease doctor and they both say that I don't have any STD's. But when I went to a dermatologist, he said that I had Penile Psoriasis.

    Has anyone ever heard of that or, even better, have had this condition and have had it treated completely? The dermatologist said it can't be treated.

    Any helpful suggestions/treatments would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    chicago_girl: Try a diaper rash cream, one that contains zinc oxide. I know people who have psoriasis and that helped them. And you know it safe to use.
     
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    kracken,

    I'm no MD nor a skin specialist for that matter.

    Fortunately, you seemed to have been "checked out" by those "in the know" and I commend you for that.

    This (may) help or not, I don't know of course.

    Are you using LOTS of soap (particularly antibacterial / deodorant type bar soaps) "down there" ?

    Soap is pretty rough on skin and particularly the "powerful" special purpose soaps.

    I would stop using soap on your genital area (at least real heavy lathering up type bathing down there.)
    As an experiment to see it this will help, I would use plain water and not too awfully hot at that when bathing that area. Daily "plain water bathing" should be sufficient for that area alone for awhile while during this trial period.

    As a follow-up to that, I would (for awhile) try using a high-quality baby oil with vitamin E and aloe vera which promotes good skin health overall. Massage it in on the shaft and do this maybe once a day for awhile after bathing with plain water. See if things (your condition) begins to settle down a bit... You can always stop if you encounter any reactions to that.

    I have used this kind of baby oil product for a couple of years to keep skin more supple, especially "there".

    Chicago_girl's suggestion may be good too but, I would try something simple and VERY basic first to see if your dryness improves. I would discourage using any possible caustic "agents" on your skin just now...even those with real medicinal qualities. I would stick with the very basics.

    When did this condition first begin? Or, have you always had signs of it? If it has recently flared up, then I suspect something you've done (like using strong soap, etc) might be the culprit. It could be the most innocent of action on your part that started this problem.

    Or, could even be some allergic reaction to your underclothing? Did this condition occur after switching
    styles or brands...what about strong dyes in the fabric?
    Anything could be possible with an allergy, should that be behind your condition.

    If the dermatologist said "it can't be treated" then he or she should NOT have stopped there....While there may be no cure, there surely IS (or ARE) ways to make this more manageable I should think. There's always the option for a second (or third!) opinion plus research material "out there" (internet, libraries, medical journals, etc) which could better inform you.
    BTW and FTR (for the record), those several doctors you saw even "ticked me off" in their flippant way (it seems) of leaving you with no real direction of care.

    Though dry skin in that area certainly is not "life threatening", it's got to be a real aggravation, isn't it?

    Here's hoping you'll get some help and some relief...
    --like real SOON !
     
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    kracken: Hey Chicogo_Girl and bender, thanks for replying. I have gotten another opinion from a doctor that does specialize in Psoriasis. He put me on some topical medication and wants to see me back in two weeks. It's too early to tell if the medication is actually working or not.

    As for the soap, I've been a long time Amway soap fan. It's designed specifically not to cause any kind of hypoallergenic reactions. My Infectous Disease Doctor did suggest trying Dove soap as he said that is the most mild of the soaps that he is aware off. So I am using that now.

    I do tend to take hot, long showers and I have cut back on the amount of time that I spend in the shower. And I haven't lathered up down there in quite a while as I didn't want to do anything that would/might aggrevate the situation.

    So it's off for another two weeks to see what the current doc says.

    I've even been to an allergist who says I have no allergies. I did switch underwear brands once or twice.

    As for when it started, I noticed dry skin as far back as 2000 but last year it started intensifying and this year it has just all gone to Hell, for lack of a better phrase. No itching, no burning, just a lot of aggregation...sigh...

    Again, thanks for all the helpful advice guys. Love this sight!


    Kracken
     
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    kracken: I finally found a dermatologist that knew what he was talking about. The doc prescribed some Psorcon. Apply it twice a day and BAM, one week later, I was all better :)

    Hope this helps out others
     
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    While we're on the subject of soaps - I quit using bar soap in the shower several years ago when I found my skin drying and my body hair becoming brittle and sparse.

    I've been using Oil of Olay liquid body soap since then (don't laugh - it works!). My little pouf-thingie that spreads it over my body got some looks in the shower at the pool or gym at first but a few others are using those thingies now since they do make a lot of lather.

    I've had no more dry skin and the body hair is back to normal. And I believe the added oils help keep the scrotum from getting irritated so much in the summer.
     
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    Dag: Kracken,

    2 years ago, I was on the same boat as you! Psoriasis of the dick. :-/

    For the longest time, I had no clue what it was. I thought I had caught something nasty! This was back when I was trying to (on a daily basis) restoration my foreskin. I've been using several stretching devices on and around the shaft of my penis. At one point during restoration, I took a two week break (cause I just met this really cute hot-Asian guy) from working on 'growing new skin' and that's when I noticed (I didn't get and dry flakes but...) small bumps on the shaft of my penis. it kind of looked like a rash... and I freaked!!! and I thought I had a STD too. Then, after 2 months of surfing I found a dermatologist who perscribed Psorcon! I have not seen 'Psoriasis of the dick' since!!!

    Cheers - dag
     
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    buddy43610: [quote author=Dagen link=board=health;num=1050590226;start=0#6 date=08/06/03 at 17:33:03]Kracken,

    2 years ago, I was on the same boat as you! Psoriasis of the dick. :-/

    For the longest time, I had no clue what it was. I thought I had caught something nasty! This was back when I was trying to (on a daily basis) restoration my foreskin. I've been using several stretching devices on and around the shaft of my penis. At one point during restoration, I took a two week break (cause I just met this really cute hot-Asian guy) from working on 'growing new skin' and that's when I noticed (I didn't get and dry flakes but...) small bumps on the shaft of my penis. it kind of looked like a rash... and I freaked!!! and I thought I had a STD too. Then, after 2 months of surfing I found a dermatologist who perscribed Psorcon! I have not seen 'Psoriasis of the dick' since!!!

    Cheers - dag[/quote]

    i too am restoring and had the same problem...penile psoriasis. after discovering this thread, i did a search on penile psoriasis. i read that trauma is one culprit and i am pretty sure that the combination of restoring and p.e. caused it. i went to my doctor and he gave me some samples of ELIDEL 2g and it only took a day or two to clear up the problem i had been trying to cure myself for 9 months.

    buddy
     
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    longtimelurker: [quote author=benderten2001 link=board=health;num=1050590226;start=0#2 date=04/18/03 at 11:01:20]kracken,

    As a follow-up to that, I would (for awhile) try using a high-quality baby oil with vitamin E and aloe vera which promotes good skin health overall.  Massage it in on the shaft and do this maybe once a day for awhile after bathing with plain water. [/quote]

    My sister suffers from skin psoriasis and she was reccomended to use E-45 cream. Don't know if it's available in the states, but I'd be suprised if it isn't. Look for it in the pharmacy.
     
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