If you’ve been dealing with psoriasis for a while, you know exactly how uncomfortable a flare can be. The itching, the scaling, the pain—they’re not symptoms anyone looks forward to. But when a psoriasis flare is on the sensitive skin of the genital area, that discomfort can be amplified. There are other potential problems, too, including embarrassment, slow improvement, and interference with one’s sex life. But treatment can help, as can self-care.

Here, we’ve answered the most common questions about living with genital psoriasis.

What Is Genital Psoriasis?

The term simply refers to the area of the body where the psoriasis appears, says Anna Chacon, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, Weston Hospital.