Psoriasis of the scalp

Psoriasis is such an invasive health condition and it can occur anywhere on the body, but many people experience the itchy sensations on their scalp and this is a very visible part of the body and almost impossible not to scratch.

Red, itchy areas can extend over the whole of the scalp and even manifest on the back of the neck and on the forehead too. It occurs because your immune system sends out incorrect signals and the skin cells in response, begin to mature far too quickly. This usually takes a period of weeks but new cells may appear in a matter of days. It’s impossible for your body to shed this amount of skin cells, so instead, they pile up on the surface of the skin.

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Changing from heat to cold, infections, some medications, scratches and lesions on the skin can all lead toward psoriasis, but stress is a well-known trigger too. Although psoriasis of the scalp is common, psoriasis treatment differs from the usual, because skin is naturally thicker on the scalp and hair can become an obstacle when it comes to treatment. There are a wide variety of options which can help to alleviate symptoms; but it is worth noting that excessive scratching of the scalp can lead to hair loss as well as bleeding, therefore, care should be taken to not scratch or injure the scalp. There are fortunately some good shampoos that can help to minimise any itching and will also help to slow down the production of skin cell growth. This affords some relief.

Salicylic acid will help to eradicate some dead skin cells and this can be especially effective if combined with corticosteroids or even coal tar — a common treatment for psoriasis. You can easily buy over-the-counter shampoos, which are useful if the scalp psoriasis is mild, but there are many natural remedies suggested to help alleviate this condition, including keeping the skin hydrated. Light therapy — also known as phototherapy — is another potential healing aid as it enables the skin to receive controlled natural or ultra violet light. In addition, using aloe vera on the skin can cool the heat associated with it as long as you source directly from the actual plant. Coconut oil works in the same way.

There are many over-the-counter and prescribed preparations available for psoriasis of the scalp and the trick is to try one at a time and to ascertain whether it works on an individual basis. Remember that everyone experiences the symptoms and severity differently, so it’s important to find out what works for you.

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