Psoriasis is a long-term (chronic) skin problem that causes skin cells to grow too quickly, resulting in thick, white, silvery, or red patches of skin. It is thought that psoriasis occurs when the immune system overreacts, causing inflammation and flaking of skin. Researchers have found 9 gene mutations that may be involved in causing psoriasis. Although some medicines act as triggers for psoriasis but Aldara is not known to cause it.
Get this dry patch biopsied to confirm the diagnosis. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
hey doc thanks for the reply. I'm DESPERATE. not too sure if its psoriasis or just skin damage or a fungal infection or what... i am going back to my dermatologist at the end of this month. i have been using the hydrocortisone cream on and off but it doesnt seem to be helping too much. the area on the underside of my penis near my testicles to halfway up the shaft is still very red and VERY PAINFUL. not too dry looking or even itchy.. it BURNS and it has been in about the same condition for over a month. any kinda friction feels like fire. I am starting to think I have permanently ruined myself. its driving me insane and making me clinically depressed.
could the aldara or anything make this part of my penis horibly red and painful forever? :(
This can be due to contact dermatitis or allergic reaction. It is less likely to be due to psoriasis. Avoid using any lotions and creams for the meantime. Wash the area with a mild cleanser with moisturizing properties like Cetaphil. Then apply a good hypoallergenic moisturizer over the area and see if this improves. If the symptoms still persist then you can apply mild steroid and get it evaluated from a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis. Also wear cotton clothes till that time and do not apply Aladara.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
I just found your thread of messages with the online MD from a few years back as I was googling my similar problem. I also once used aldara for some genital warts and have been suffering with redness/swelling/pain ever since, and haven't been able to have any sexual acitivity for 4 months now. I'm also losing hope and am thinking I may have permanently ruined my sex life. I've seen a bunch of doctors, all prescribing different creams and ointments, nothing seems to help. Have you recovered from this?? I hope so! Please give me any advice!
Every time I see someone with my symptoms it seems they never find an answer.