Scalp Psoriasis: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment Options
As with any type of psoriasis, scalp psoriasis can bring its sufferers discomfort, pain, embarrassment and frustration. We deal regularly with patients who experience scaly, dry, and even cracked and bleeding patches of skin along their hairline, on the back of their necks or even behind the ears. While there is no cure, there is hope for bringing your scalp psoriasis under control, for living a normal life again without constantly having to worry about the symptoms of your condition.
What Are the Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis?
Everyone is different and so the symptoms may manifest themselves differently from person to person. Typically, what we have seen in relation to scalp psoriasis sufferers is excessively dry scalp, itchiness, soreness, red bumps and patches as well as thick, crusted over sores. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to contact a dermatology provider in order to begin a course of treatment that will help you alleviate the suffering.
What Causes Psoriasis of the Scalp?
The cause of scalp psoriasis is not exactly known. While it can be genetic, it also tends to stem from an immune system problem, as we have seen that certain types of infections can trigger flare ups of scalp psoriasis. Basically, it is caused by the body’s skin cells growing at a quicker rate than normal, thus causing the skin buildup. Again, there is no cure, but there are treatments that can make a dramatic difference in the intensity and severity of your scalp psoriasis.
How to Get Rid of Scalp Psoriasis
While there are over the counter ointments and creams, we highly recommend you consult with a dermatology provider who can prescribe a more definitive and effective course of treatment for your psoriasis. The most common topical prescription treatments for scalp psoriasis include the steroids: Calcipotriene, anthralin, and tazarotene. We’ve had wonderful success with these types of ointments, and results can generally be seen within about 8 weeks. Another option that we’ve used to great effect is UV light therapy. The excimer laser for instance, delivers a much larger and focused dose of ultraviolet light, giving great results without the need to expose the entire body, thus it has minimal side effects. Your dermatology provider will also take the time to look at the entire picture, including your lifestyle, diet, and stress, among other factors, and how they impact your scalp psoriasis. We care about our patients, and we always want to help them feel like the absolute best version of themselves.