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When can flexural psoriasis become serious?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Flexural psoriasis, also called inverse psoriasis, can be one of the most troublesome types of psoriasis. It involves overproduction of skin cells in areas where the skin rubs together (such as the groin, armpits, and under the breasts) and can be very painful and itchy. Someone living with this kind of psoriasis may feel the condition on its own is serious.

However, there are other medical complications that can happen when you have psoriasis. People with the condition are at increased risk for depression, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. In addition, up to 30% of people who have psoriasis will go on to develop psoriatic arthritis, a painful and debilitating condition.

If you have been diagnosed with flexural psoriasis, it's important to find a dermatologist you trust and follow your doctor's treatment plan. Managing your psoriasis well can help reduce the chance that it will evolve into a more serious condition.

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