Scalp Psoriasis is a common skin disorder. It causes raised, reddish patches that are often scaly. It can be one patch or spread over your entire scalp. It can spread to your forehead, the back of your neck, and behind your ears.
Scalp Psoriasis isn’t catchy, and doctors don’t know what exactly causes it. Doctors believe it may come from a problem with your immune system, where the skin cells grow too quickly and turn into patches. Scalp Psoriasis does appear to be hereditary.
Approximately 7.5 millions of Americans suffer from Psoriasis, and about half of them have it on their scalp. Scalp Psoriasis can range from very mild, to severe with thick, crusted sores. It comes with intense itching. This can affect your daily life as well as your sleep. The scratching can lead to hair loss and skin infections.
- Scaly, red and bumpy patches
- Silvery white scales
- Flaking that looks like dandruff
- Dry, itching scalp
- Burning or soreness
- Hair loss
The first step is to treat your skin. There are a variety of medicated shampoos, gels, creams, oils, ointments, and soaps available on the market. You will be able to find some over the counter, but for a stronger version, you will need a prescription.
The over-the-counter products will often include either salicylic acid or coal tar – both approved by the FDA. Prescription products for Scalp Psoriasis include other medications that will have a stronger effect.
If you have severe Scalp Psoriasis, make a appointment with your doctor or dermatologist. Phototherapy may help – this is using a laser or non-laser light source.
Living with Scalp Psoriasis
While there is no cure, the treatment can help control it and prevent it from coming back. If you follow your treatment plan properly, you will likely not have to endure it for long.