“Scalp psoriasis–and the itching it causes–can drive you to distraction. Here’s what dermatologists wish you knew about the condition. At least 50 percent of all people with psoriasis will develop some scaling on their scalp, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF). Scalp psoriasis runs the gamut from mild to severe, and psoriasis scalp can extend beyond the hairline onto the forehead, the back of the neck, and around your ears. There are some foods that can worsen it.
There are at least 21 reasons that your scalp may itch, and just one of them is scalp psoriasis. See your dermatologist to make sure you are treating the right scalp condition. He or she can easily tell if it is scalp psoriasis or something else.
Itching is one of the most common–and vexing–symptoms of scalp psoriasis, says Harold Farber, MD of Philadelphia. And itching begets inflammation and can cause your scalp psoriasis to spread to previously unaffected areas via the Koebner phenomenon. Scalp psoriasis tends to itch more than other body parts, and not scratching is easier said than done, Dr. Farber says. Making matters even more difficult, stress tends to travel with psoriasis and many of us cope with stress by … scratching. Scalp psoriasis treatments including OTC topical creams, gels, lotions, ointments, pads, shampoos, and sprays to help curb the itch. But “be careful applying these products to inflamed scales as they can burn or sting,” he says. Other anti-itch treatment options can include topical steroids and oral antihistamines.” Click here to read the entire article.
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