What is Scalp Psoriasis?
Scalp psoriasis can be very mild, with slight, fine scaling. It can also be very severe with thick, crusted plaques covering the entire scalp, which commonly can cause hair loss.
Causes of Scalp Psoriasis
Your daily routine of blow-dryers and styling products can contribute to drying and can worsen psoriasis.
Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis
As with psoriasis elsewhere on the body, skin cells grow too quickly on the scalp and cause red lesions covered with scale to appear.
Scalp psoriasis, even though often adequately camouflaged by the hair, is often a source of social embarrassment due to flaking of the scale and severe 'dandruff'. Scalp psoriasis may not cause any symptoms at all or may be extremely itchy.
Treatment for Scalp Psoriasis
For people with psoriasis, the key is to loosen and remove scales, while providing as much moisture as possible.
Alcohol-based topical steroid and calcipotriol lotions can reduce itch but don't lift scale very well. Use topical steroids intermittently; overuse results in more extensive and severe psoriasis.
Shampoos for Scalp Psoriasis
- Coal tar shampoos are suitable for most patients with scalp psoriasis
- Ketoconazole shampoo is effective for dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis and sebopsoriasis
Home, Herbal remedies for the treatment of Scalp Psoriasis
Try wearing a cotton night cap, a shower cap or something similar and cover your pillows with old pillowcases to protect them. Wash your hair the next morning with an anti-psoriasis shampoo (i.e. tar-based). An advantage of the coconut-based treatments is that they are wonderful conditioners for your hair!
If you have psoriasis of the scalp, it helps to wash your hair daily.
Avoid sunburn, since psoriasis may develop in areas of injured skin.
You should warm olive oil on the stove, making sure it is not too hot, and then rub it into your scalp. Next, wrap a towel around your head and let it soak for 30 minutes. Then proceed to shampoo your hair.
Prevention of Scalp Psoriasis
Providing care is taken to avoid scratching the scalp, combing and brushing to remove scaling is not only good but necessary.
Cutting hair short helps control scalp psoriasis, probably by making the treatments easier to apply, but is not appealing to everyone.