One of the most annoying aspects of genital warts is the dry flakey skin that often occurs on the wart and the surrounding area. Sometimes called genital psoriasis, this condition occurs because the skin lacks water or oil. Treatments aim to replace the water in the skin around the genital warts. Although flakey skin around the genitals is common, it can be difficult to manage because the skin in the genital area is naturally thin and sensitive to treatment.

Dermatologists recommend that the dry flakey skin associated with genital warts be treated the same way you would treat a dry scalp. .A medicated shampoo should be applied and left on for five to ten minutes during bathing. A mild cortisone cream (such as one percent hydrocortisone) may be applied twice daily. Anti- itch creams can be applied throughout the day for symptomatic relief.

Coal tar has been used for centuries to treat the dry flakey skin associated with psoriasis. It is now more refined and available as a prescription or over-the-counter medication for genital psoriasis. It may be used as a shampoo, bath solution or directly applied to the skin. Individuals usually apply the preparation to genital warts at bedtime and then wash it off in the morning. These genital wart preparations can have an unpleasant odor and stain clothing; however, they are very safe and effective when used correctly.

Loose fitting, cotton, breathable undergarments are the least irritating for flaky skin associated with genital warts. Permanent press clothing contains formaldehyde and may irritate the sensitive genital area.

Sometimes dry flakey skin may be confused with other problems such as fungal infections in the groin area. Frequently, antifungals are added to the maintenance regimen for a period of seven to 10 days. These creams are used twice daily in addition to the other treatments being used for genital psoriasis. If the genital areas do not respond to treatment after a few days, you should consult your dermatologist for further evaluation.

Some people have used vitamins to treat genital psoriasis, especially vitamins A and E. Others have tried alternative treatments such as acupuncture. These treatments have varying degrees of success and are not universally recommended as "predictable treatments."

Sometimes genital psoriasis will improve or clear with little or no treatment. Conversely, there may be times when genital psoriasis is extremely resistant to potent treatments that have worked in the past. Keep in mind that genital psoriasis responds to the physical and emotional well being of the individual. Maintaining a low stress lifestyle along with a balanced health diet is very important for successful treatment.

Glossary

Genital Psoriasis: A dry, flakey skin condition that often accompanies genital warts
Coal Tar: An over the counter medication used to treat the dry skin associated with genital warts


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