Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis) of the scalp

Psoriasis Vulgaris (Plaque Psoriasis) on the Scalp

Psoriasis vulgaris, commonly known as plaque psoriasis, is a chronic skin condition that affects the scalp in about half of the people with psoriasis. The exact cause is unknown, but it’s thought to be related to the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells. It is estimated that at least 7.4 million Americans have psoriasis.

Symptoms of Psoriasis Vulgaris of the Scalp

Psoriasis vulgaris on the scalp can cause:

  • Scalp itching
  • Scalp redness
  • Stiffness and tightness of the scalp
  • Scaling and white/silver colored patches on the scalp
  • Painful sores or blisters (in severe cases)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your doctor can diagnose psoriasis vulgaris of the scalp by looking at your scalp or through a skin biopsy. Treatments for psoriasis vulgaris of the scalp vary, depending on the severity of the psoriasis. Treatments may include:

  • Topical corticosteroids
  • Topical retinoids
  • Vitamin D analogs
  • Coal tar preparations
  • Phototherapy/light therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Biologic medications

Talk to your doctor about which treatment option is best for you. Psoriasis vulgaris of the scalp can be managed with a combination of therapies. It is important to stick with a treatment plan, as regular treatment can help minimize flare-ups.