Scalp Psoriasis - Health Center

Scalp Psoriasis

By Refadoc, Posted on : Tuesday, 15 September 2015 - 10:46 am IST

Scalp Psoriasis - Overview

Scalp Psoriasis is one of the most common skin disorders which go out to affect the scalp of the person. This leads to the creation of raised, reddish as well as scaly patches all over the skin of the affected region. Psoriasis can come out to affect the entire scalp or some area of the scalp. In some of the cases it goes out to affect the forehead, back of the neck as well as behind the ears of the affected person. Scalp Psoriasis is not a contagious condition and just most the other conditions, the cause of this disease is unknown. Scalp Psoriasis is also known to be linked genetically from the parents to the children.

Around the world, around 7.5 million people suffer from the disease. The people who suffer from Scalp Psoriasis also suffer from the psoriasis on all the other areas as well. However, in some of the other cases, only the scalp area is affected.

The Scalp Psoriasis in most of the cases is very mild as well as unnoticeable. However, on a long term basis, it can go out to cause long lasting as well as thick and crusty lesions all over the skin. Intense itching accompanies the scalp psoriasis and can lead to hair loss as well.

Signs and Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis

Some of the major symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis may include light and fine scaling all over the skin.

However, the below mentioned are the major symptoms of the disease:

  • Reddish plaques all over the skin.
  • Silvery White scales
  • Flaking resembling dandruff
  • Dryness of the scalp
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation over the affected skin
  • Soreness over the skin
  • Hair loss

With the intense scratching as well as the removal of the scales from the scalp, hair loss emerges as one of the major outcomes of the Scalp Psoriasis. However, with the correct treatment when the lesions have cleared, the hair tends to grow back. If you are suffering from any of these above mentioned symptoms, it is recommended to see a dermatologist. The scalp psoriasis can be easily determined with the help of a physical examination or with the skin biopsy.

Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis

Topical Treatment options are available for the treatment of the scalp Psoriasis. These may include the use of the medicated shampoos, creams, gels, oils or even ointments. Since these are available over the counter, they can be used for the effective treatment of Scalp Psoriasis. The use of Salicylic Acid is also greatly recommended by FDA for the treatment of the condition.

For gaining the best positive results it is recommended to make sure that the treatment options are applied directly to the affected region of the scalp and are not applied on the hair.

Also, they should be used until an adequate amount of control is gained in the treatment of the psoriasis. Once the psoriasis have been cleared, it is recommended to make sure that the disease does not reoccur again with the usage of the shampoo twice every week along with the combination of other medications.


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