Psoriasis is a common skin disorder, and one that can in some cases present in the genital area as a penis rash and can therefore be considered a penis health issue. Many men already know this; however, what is perhaps less known is that there are several forms of psoriasis, and that the form of psoriasis may affect the manner in which the penis rash presents.

About psoriasis

More than 8 million people in the United States have psoriasis, and many millions more have it worldwide. It is considered a chronic disease, meaning it’s generally something people have their whole lives (although it typically "comes and goes," being bad at some times and better or even unnoticeable at others). Although it can start at any time, it most often first appears in people between 15 and 25 years old.

Psoriasis (which is not contagious, by the way) occurs due to a defect in the immune system, which causes inflammation and encourages the body to overproduce skin cells. This causes the affected skin to look different - for example, giving the appearance of a penis rash.

Forms of psoriasis

Most people are familiar with one particular form of psoriasis, which is sometimes called plaque psoriasis. In this form, the rash produced looks like a bunch of raised, scaly bumps. Often the skin in the area is reddish, and the scaly patches look silvery or whitish; in some cases, however, the skin may take on a more purple hue. Plaque psoriasis can be especially itchy.

Another form of psoriasis is inverse psoriasis, which is somewhat more likely to occur on the penis. Unlike plaque psoriasis, the inverse form is not marked by scaly skin and bumps; instead, the skin is relatively smooth but takes on an inflamed, red look. It is most often found in areas where skin rubs against skin, and it can be extremely itchy when irritated.

If psoriasis presents as a penis rash that looks like small red dots (or clusters of small red dots), it is likely guttate psoriasis, which affects about 8% of people with psoriasis. It tends to occur after the body has had an infection, especially from strep throat.

What about a penis rash that is noted for its white, pus-filled bumps? That could likely be pustular psoriasis, which is rarer than any of the 3 types mentioned previously. It’s important to note that the pus in the pustules is not infectious; when the pustules break and liquid leaks out, partners may be concerned about catching something, but the pus is harmless (if unpleasant in appearance and touch).

Finally, a penis rash could be related to erythrodermic psoriasis, which is the rarest of the forms. With this condition, large areas of skin cells shed off, leaving a very reddened skin, sometimes all over the body. This is a very serious form of psoriasis and can in some instances be fatal if not treated. Anyone suspecting erythrodermic psoriasis should consult a doctor immediately.

Psoriasis has implications beyond a mere penis rash and should be treated by a professional. But sometimes the symptoms of that rash can be alleviated through application of a top-drawer penis health oil (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). Best are those oils with a combination of moisturizing agents, such as shea butter and vitamin E, which can help provide soothing hydration. It also helps if the oil contains vitamin B5 (also known as pantothenic acid), a vital nutrient that is required for cell metabolism and the maintenance of healthy tissue. Regular application of the oil produces better results.