Severe Scalp Psoriasis


Severe Scalp Psoriasis

Severe scalp psoriasis is a chronic scalp condition that is characterized by thick, inflamed, and scaly patches of skin. It can cause redness, itching, and burning on the affected areas of your scalp. It can also cause hair loss and temporary bald spots. In some cases, it can also spread to other parts of the body. Severe scalp psoriasis can cause emotional distress because it is often visible to others and can cause embarrassment.

Common symptoms of severe scalp psoriasis include scaling on the scalp, redness, itching, burning, painful bumps, and hair loss. It is important to note that severe scalp psoriasis does not always have the same symptoms. In some cases, it may not cause any symptoms at all. The severity of the symptoms also can vary from person to person.

The exact cause of severe scalp psoriasis is unknown, however, it is believed to be related to an overactive immune system. Triggers such as stress, infections, certain medications, and allergies can make your condition worse. That is why it is important to identify your triggers and avoid them.

Treating severe scalp psoriasis typically involves a combination of medication, lifestyle changes, and home remedies. The types of medications will depend on the severity of your condition and can include topical creams, ointments, shampoos, inhalers, and oral medications. Lifestyle changes can include reducing stress, avoiding triggers, and using a humidifier to help keep your skin hydrated. Home remedies may include adding dead sea salts to your bathwater, applying natural oils to your scalp, or using oatmeal and yogurt masks.

Tips for Managing Severe Scalp Psoriasis

  • Avoid excessive shampooing and harsh products that can irritate your scalp
  • Stay away from tight hairstyles or harsh products like gels that can aggravate your scalp
  • Use gentle and specialized shampoos that are designed to treat psoriasis
  • Choose natural dyes and styling products that are non-irritating and designed for sensitive skin
  • Apply moisturizers after washing your hair to help keep your scalp hydrated
  • Use a humidifier in your home to help keep your skin hydrated
  • Be mindful of triggers such as stress, infections, and certain medications
  • Seek treatment from a dermatologist if symptoms don't improve or if it gets worse