Scalp psoriasis is a very common but often misunderstood skin disorder, which can also affect one’s scalp causing scaly, reddish and raised spots in the scalp. It could affect specific areas or the whole of one’s scalp and could spread to one’s forehead, behind their ears and back of one’s neck.
Scalp Psoriasis is often confused with Seborrheic Dermatitis, popularly known as Dandruff. But both these disorders are very different. Contrary to wide belief, Scalp Psoriasis is quite prevalent and easily misdiagnosed. So, let’s take a look at this scalp condition and ways to deal with it. Shall we?
Is it Contagious?
The first and foremost question that I want answered is whether or not it is contagious. Many have this question and most believe it is contagious. The truth is – it isn’t! It is also considered as an auto-immune disorder, which means, the individual in question has some problem in their immune system that causes very quick build-up of cells. However, it is hereditary.
Is it Hereditary?
Yes, it is! So, if someone in your family has Scalp Psoriasis, there are chances that you may get it too!
Is it a Rare Disorder?
Unfortunately Not! About 50% of the 7.5 Million Americans who have Psoriasis, 50% have Scalp Psoriasis. While some are only affected in their scalp, it isn’t very common – which means, their skin is affected too.
How Noticeable is Scalp Psoriasis?
For some, the symptoms are mild and it goes unnoticed. However, it could also be severe, last longer and trigger crusted sores and thick patches. Besides, itching is a very common symptom that affects one’s normal life course – ignoring the itch can be difficult, while coddling it can lead to hair loss and skin infections!
What are the Symptoms?
Symptoms could only be fine or mild scaling for mild psoriasis. However, for moderate – severe psoriasis, the symptoms include:
Scales that are silvery while
Bumpy, scaly and red patches
Dandruff like patches / scaling
Soreness or Burning
Burning or soreness
Loss of Hair – not directly, but indirectly due to excessive scratching or trying to pluck out patches that results in hair being pulled out by the root!
What to do?
It is a good idea to confirm with a dermatologist to check if symptoms persist, or if you want to confirm before opting for treatments. Modern Medicine usually goes with medicated creams, shampoos, oils, gels, soaps or ointments. Milder ones are available as over the counter, though stronger ones need prescription.
Are there Natural Remedies for Dealing with Scalp Psoriasis?
Yes, there are many effective remedies. While it is believed that Psoriasis can’t be cured or eradicated completely, studies have shown there are many natural remedies that are effective at keeping not only the symptoms bay, but alleviating the problem depending on various factors.
Depending on the severity, the remedy(ies) could vary and might required prolonged administration. However, natural ways to deal with Psoriasis, Scalp or Skin is a reality many are opening their eyes to. We will learn more about the natural remedies in the coming day.
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