How to Get Rid of Psoriasis of the Scalp

Itchy, red and scaly scalp—these are the common signs of psoriasis of the scalp, and can appear anywhere on the head. Scalp psoriasis can look a lot like dandruff. However, dandruff is easier to remove and is usually restrained within the hairline. Scalp psoriasis, on the other hand, form patches of thick white scales with silvery coating on the scalp that may cause bleeding if scratched or removed. Patches that are formed may likewise extend outside the hairline. Cases may be relatively mild– with a few red patches speckled across the scalp—and almost unnoticeable. In severe cases, most of the scalp will be covered with red patches with thick white scales that may extend down to the forehead, ears and neck. People with psoriasis of the scalp also experience burning sensations or soreness. As it causes itchiness, frequent scratching of the scalp, in an attempt to remove the scales, can also cause temporary hair loss. I have included a couple of psoriasis of the scalp pictures here to show how extensive the effect this skin disorder may have on a person who has it.

What causes this skin disorder?
Like other forms of psoriasis, the precise cause of psoriasis of the scalp is still a mystery. It is believed to be a result of faulty signals from an abnormality in the immune system that direct the skin cells to grow more rapidly than usual. This rapid skin cell growth builds up to form patches on the scalp. Studies also establish that psoriasis of the scalp will probably develop if psoriasis runs in the family.
Although psoriasis of the scalp may just come and go, is not infectious, and may not affect your overall wellbeing, still, the inconvenience and embarrassment that it causes are enough reasons to look for a quick solution to this problem.

How can it be treated?
Treatment of psoriasis of the scalp differs from person to person, and may depend on a number of factors, such as: severity of the symptoms, its reaction to the treatment, parts of the body affected, and hair condition of the affected person’s hair.
The first step would be to soften and remove the scales. This will make it a lot easier for the treatment to pass through the scalp and cure the skin condition.
There are psoriasis of the scalp home remedies that can immediately alleviate the itchiness, burning sensation, as well as remove the flakes on the scalp. However, treating scalp psoriasis with topical treatments such as medicated shampoos that contain tar and salicylic acid, ointments, gels, creams and soaps (the usual first line of defense against skin disorders like this that are readily available over the counter), still, applying the treatment can be difficult as the scaly crusts stick to the hair and the scalp deeply.
Prescriptions for a stronger preparation might be necessary, or you may need to take medication orally or by injection if symptoms persist. There are instances when the scalp psoriasis will not respond as expected, and your physician may have to combine or change the medicine or treatment with another type of treatment.

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Hi cjstephen

I usually don't open anything titled cure this way or fix that, but, for some reason I opened this. I was pleasantly surprised at the information you provided. All good as far as I am concerned.

I'll try to explain. I have scalp, plaque, inverse psoriasis, and symmetrical PA. After dealing with these problems even longer than they've been medically identified, I get tired of "one cure fits all! Just do what I say"... Thank you for Not doing that. Thank you for discussing all aspects of your topic. Like I said, it is Refreshing.

Sincerely
Billie

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I was hoping for the miracle cure -- I can't get anything to work

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Hey Snakeskin
Have you tried bathing in bleach? I do lay down. Just make sure the water doesn't get in my eyes... Just a thought...

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Hey Billie Jo-

NO WAY !!!! Won't it ruin my color in my hair ?? I did use Apple Cider vinegar for the first time this morning- I think it actually did some good -- it did get in my eyes and I still think I smell it even though everyone said the smell went away in a few minutes

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Yes, it will ruin color if It's artificial. I gave up coloring my hair. I started going grey/white before I was 18. Apple cider vinegar, my great aunt swore by it. If It's helping... Awesome!! And, I bet you notice the smell more because you know you did it. I don't remember Aunt Blanche having any particular "smell" and she used it regularly. Best of Luck!

Billie

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The bleach didn't bleach your natural color as well ? seems it would be really hard on your hair ? I did the ACV again today -- it does have a faint smell but seems to be working ! Praise God ! Now just to find something for the dry hands and feet and to fix the nails I will be in good shape !

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Do you leave the vinegar on the hair for a period of time and then rinse out, or does it stay on? Has anyone tried applying the vinegar just to the spots rather than the whole head?

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I pour it on and leave it on --- I am going to get a squirt bottle and try to apply it that way - It made my hair real shiny

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Does anyone have scalp bumps that are firm and round under their scales, with the bumps preceding any scaling? I've been going to doctors for over 20 years, and I've gotten many opinions from folliculitis to fungus to psoriasis (most recently). I find that tar shampoo actually makes these bumps more sore, and a strong cortisone shampoo did very little other than make me tired! They have never extended below my hairline, and they vary in size from a freckle to a pencil erasor. Sometimes they are just tender and other times very itchy. They come and go in different locations, but mainly on the top and sides of my head (the area where a beret would sit).

Does anyone with psoriasis experience think this description fits the diagnosis? I'm not convinced.

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Believe it..
My scalp psoriasis caused all my hair dropped :(
Any suggestion for treatment ?

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Here's what works with my daughter's scalp, just to get rid of the itch... soaked her scalp with pure glycerine overnight, bath in the morning using povidone-iodine gyne solution as shampoo, this is funny but really does worked on her scalp. Shes been using it for two weeks now and had reduced 80% flaking. Just use soft towel on your pillows. Oh... and when bathing, don't forget to use thin comb to scrape off the flakes(looks more like white cream), or face towel+fingers in soft, circular motion... I hope this work with you too...

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I would have thought bleach would make your psoriasis worse not help it is it is a serious and dangerous skin irritant. I would be very careful about taking any advise to do this. P is a auto immune problem and can best be treated internally with either a good diet and stress management.

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I'm a newbie to write but have been learning from everyone's input. I too have suffered from scalp psorisis for over a year. I too have tried countless remedies. I will say that if you haven't tried MG 217, you need to! I've been using daily for about a month and can honestly say it helps tremendously. You can get at most drug stores, cost about $10. Shake it well, let it set 3 - 5 minutes and follow with decent conditioner. I even work it into my ears as the psorasis has traveled there. Give it a try and just be patient. I think you'll be glad you did:)

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I've had some success with softening and removing the scales on my scalp by using "Apple Cider Vinegar" 5 min prior to washing my hair. I try to use a NATURAL (non-Aluminum, -Paraben,-Phthalate or -Proplene Glycol) shampoo or soap to wash my hair AND that has given me MUCH more success than ANY other protocol I've used in the past.

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P.S. For a moisturiser, I usually use Virgin Coconut Oil. That seems to have worked quite well for me.

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I too have used the MG217 shampoo for almost a month now and I have seen less scaling. I've also been following Dr. Pagano's diet, so I'm not sure whether that is helping or not, nevertheless I'm eating right and feel healthier without white flour, sugar, nightshades, and red meat. I also have it in my ears and I've been using OTC Cortaid with much success. I only need to apply it about every other day to keep it under control. I noticed after not using it for about a week, it came back in my ears.

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I use the oil the derm gave me....it works great...though I feel like a salad with it on...lol

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I would stay away from bleach..... No, I wouldn't. This isn't something I made up, nor is it new. I am the person who keeps insisting that all of these skin tricks, oils, salad dressing, compression dressings, Bleach (my saving grace) , none of it will do more than a cosmetic fix, and maybe buy a little comfort window.

I've had psoriasis for life.... I KNOW It's only cosmetic. I know its auto immune. I also have a few tricks to Look "normal", all discussed with my doc... And yes, this includes the bleach bathing. Just some clarification....
The bleach needs a little more research individually.... Because, some people Can't handle it on their skin. I cam. So I use it. It does not burn even the most delicate parts of my body, and gives me some relief.

As with ANY regimen within the scope of this condition, WHAT WORKS FOR ONE WILL NOT NECESSARILY WORK FOR ANOTHER...

Take Care
Billie

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My hairdresser put tea tree oil in my hair after she colored it last night- it did burn but it felt good and this morning my itching is better, the redness around my neck is better --- I feel a tightness in my scalp but it does not itch....andddd.......NO FLAKES THIS MORNING YAYAYAAA !!!!! I may have found something here !!

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I would like to say that myself and my mother inlaw have suffered from psoriasis for a good number of years and mother inlaw suffers particularly bad with scalp psoriasis and have had creams and lotions prescribed by doctors and dermi but it has all only worked for a short amount of time it was only a month ago my hairdresser suggested using olive oil so we tried it for this week and was amazed by the results I did have to use a comb to lift and remove scales but it was gentle on scalp no soreness or itch so we are going to carry on doing twice a week use like lotion massaged into scalp and leave for about a hour and then wash out with t gel you can only try it see if works for anybody else

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