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Scalp Psoriasis Explained in Detail | Psoriasis Pictures, Symptoms, Treatment, Cures

Scalp Psoriasis Explained in Detail

Scalp psoriasis is a common and frustrating form of psoriasis, which can be embarrassing for some due to its location. Some people have mild and moderate cases, and others have severe forms. Sometimes hair can be lost due scalp psoriasis, but it usually will grow back if treatment is successful.

Scalp psoriasis can sometimes be confused with seborrheic dermatitis. To make a distinction, doctors will often look for signs of psoriasis on other parts of one’s body to determine if one has psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis is also often thicker than seborrheic dermatitis, and seborrheic dermatitis can sometimes be more yellow and greasy in appearance. Treatments for both are often similar, though scalp psoriasis can be more difficult to treat.

Treatments for scalp psoriasis are often not very different than treatments for psoriasis in general, with special considerations given to the hair. To treat the psoriasis, it is important to be able to apply treatments to the skin under the scales and plaques, so it is often helpful to keep one’s hair short, and to apply moisturizers or scale-lifting agents such as salicylic acid (which can be found in shampoos) to the lesions first.

Once the scales have been removed or softened, regular psoriasis treatments such as Dovonex or topical corticosteroids are often applied. Coal tar shampoo is used by some, though it can stain light-colored hair and is only moderately effective.

For more severe cases, biologics are often used, or systemic treatments such as cyclosporin or methotrexate.

Additionally, many people find that modifying one’s diet can be the simplest way of treating one’s psoriasis, whether found on the scalp or other parts of the body. Because the immune response that causes psoriasis may be triggered by certain parts of foods that are allowed to “leak” into the bloodstream though the intestinal walls, removing some foods or treating one’s intestinal tract for hyperpermeability can be effective for many people. Common food triggers include dairy products, highly acidic foods, fermented foods, alcohol, sugars, nuts, wheat, gluten, nightshades, and others; different people find different food triggers for themselves. In addition to removing certain triggers, many have benefitted from adding foods or supplements to their diet, such as cocounut oil, fish oil and other omega 3’s, folic acid, zinc, antioxidants, Vitamin D and probiotics. In our 29-page E-book, we devote 11 pages to covering diet alone, an important area of treatment and research for healing psoriasis.

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