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Scalp psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis: Introduction

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. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Scalp psoriasis is available below.

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 may occur in isolation or with any other form of psoriasis. The back of the head is a common site but multiple discrete areas of the scalp or the whole scalp may be affected. Scalp psoriasis is characterised by thick silvery white scale on patches of very red skin. It may extend slightly beyond the hairline.
  • Scalp psoriasis may not cause any symptoms at all or may be extremely itchy.
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Treatments 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
  • Coal tar shampoos are suitable for most patients with scalp psoriasis
  • Ketoconazole shampoo is effective for dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis and sebopsoriasis
  • Keratolytics
  • Coal tar
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Misdiagnosis and Scalp psoriasis

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