How To Treat Psoriasis On The Scalp
Psoriasis on the scalp
Psoriasis on the scalp is where more than 50% of the sufferers will have it.
It can begin with a very mild Psoriasis outbreak, with light, fine flaking. It may also be very serious with hard, callous patches covering a lot, if not most of the scalp. Psoriasis can expand beyond the hairline and even show on the forehead as well as the back of the neck and behind and around the ears.
Several other skin disorders, such as seborrheic dermatitis, can look like Psoriasis, except that scalp Psoriasis looks more like some kind of powder with a silvery glaze as opposed to seborrheic dermatitis which appears more like a yellowish and greasy patch.
How to treat Psoriasis on the scalp
It is known in the medical world, and I have personally experienced it, pharmaceutical creams or lotions have to be combined and/or rotated because of the individual, as Psoriasis usually becomes less and less responsive to medications when used over a period of time.
Systemic medications, which are drugs that spread throughout the body and are normally used for sufferers with moderate to severe Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis. So it will not normally be prescribe for a scalp Psoriasis, but may be used if Psoriasis is active on other places of the body.
Scalp Psoriasis and food
There also some foods that can help cure your Psoriasis. Here is a short video that lists the 20 best foods to eat that will help:
Mild scalp psoriasis
For a very mild scalp Psoriasis a tar based product and salicylic acid should normally work .
There is quite a variety of coal tar and non-coal tar medicated shampoos for treating scalp Psoriasis available on the market, and you must remember that medicated shampoos are designed for the scalp and not the hair, therefore, you will normally wash your hair with your favorite shampoo, rinse, then wash with the medicated shampoo following the instructions on the package.
I have used them before discovering the holistic method, it’s okay, but it leaves you with a strange smell of tar, which can be pleasant for those who like that scent, but rather annoying for others.
In some cases doctors will inject the cracks on the scalp with steroid drugs. Again, this will only be done when the scalp Psoriasis is mild and affects limited surfaces. Steroid injections are offered cautiously because this medication will be absorbed into the system.
Moderate to severe scalp Psoriasis
For those who suffer from a more severe situation of scalp Psoriasis, you might be offered to test different treatment programs before you determine the one that suits you best. It is up to your doctor decide and he/she may prescribe antimicrobial treatment if there are complications.
There are several known topical treatments as well as systemic medication treatments for scalp Psoriasis which I will not be listing here as the purpose of this blog is to educate the public about treating their Psoriasis holistically.
Exposure to natural sunlight may also help if your hair is very thin or your head is shaved, but to be considered in moderation as it might bring other problems such as skin cancer.
Usually itching is the main problem for those with scalp Psoriasis. Fortunately you can easily get hold of ver-the-counter tar shampoos and shampoos containing menthol which will normally help reduce the itching. Topical steroids and oral antihistamines are also effective for reducing scalp itch.
How to treat Psoriasis on the scalp
There are also various programs that I have used and of which I can personally recommend. They are basically designed to start with a complete detox of the body, then following a healthy diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables and often on various juices. The ultimate goal for these programs is help you get rid of your Psoriasis, but it has also the great benefit of having you shift a few pounds at the same time, so I can highly recommend any of those that I have tested on my “Products Reviews” Page.