Psoriasis Location: Scalp

Scalp Psorasis Effects and Treatments

Many sufferers of psoriasis (around 50%) experience symptoms in and around the scalp area. This can vary from light flaking under the hair to large lesions that expand to the face and neck areas. It can quite often be mistaken for dandruff in mild cases and can cause a great deal of embarrassment to those suffering as the effects are constantly on display. Psoriasis of the scalp can be very irritable for some suffers, leading them to want to itch the affected areas. In extreme cases this condition can lead to hair loss, which is usually temporary but can also affect the self-confidence of the sufferer.  


psoriasis shampooTreatment of scalp psoriasis is necessarily different from treating bare skin as creams and gels can be wasted on hair follicles instead of the affected area. Specially created hair care products such as shampoos and conditioners are a far more effective method of treatment and are suitable for using easily in the home. Medicated shampoos are excellent for treating the scalp as well as reducing any irritation and itchiness that may be produced.

To begin treating scalp psoriasis, you need to help soften the plaque that’s already formed. Gently work the affected areas with hot water and shampoo before applying a conditioner also designed for use with psoriasis. Both these treatments will be designed to break down the build-up of excess skin cells and over time this should become easier and easier to achieve.

Always ensure that you lather your shampoo or conditioner gently so as not to aggravate the scalp further. This can be a tall order if you’re experiencing irritation but a considerate approach is more likely to help work through patches of psoriasis on the scalp and allow for deeper penetration into the affected skin. Expect treatment to take at least eight weeks or more but often treated psoriasis of the scalp will virtually or actually disappear.

In the cases where a case of scalp psoriasis extends down the neck, ears or face then these areas can be treated with additional products or treatments for a complete approach.

In extreme cases your doctor may recommend steroid injections to alleviate symptoms or tars. In both cases these treatments are considerably less pleasant but you should always listen to your GP’s advice.

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