SKIN & HAIR

Scalp Psoriasis Treatment – Actionable Tips to Get Rid of Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp psoriasis is a condition that affects areas of the scalp or the scalp as a whole

You need to understand the potential scalp psoriasis causes and try to solve the problem at its root

The key is to try to identify the triggers, which usually vary on a case-to-case basis and formulate a plan accordingly

Dr. Puneet Agarwal
March 2nd, 2021
6 mins read

Your skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is one that is often exposed to irritants and potential stressors. It isn’t uncommon to develop skin conditions that are very distressing to deal with. Among these is scalp psoriasis,  a condition that affects areas of the scalp or the scalp as a whole. It appears as thick scaly patches on the skin. People often think this condition is infectious and contagious. However, this is not true.

‘Is scalp psoriasis curable?’ Unfortunately, there is no cure for it and there is little information about the cause, but with proper scalp psoriasis treatment, you can keep it under control.

Given the complex nature of this skin condition, simply searching and trying a scalp psoriasis solution at random may not do the trick. You need to understand the potential scalp psoriasis causes and try to solve the problem at its root. This may include diet changes and even the use of prescription medication to help with scalp psoriasis treatment.

To know more about this condition and a few ways to go about scalp psoriasis natural treatment, take a look at these pointers.

What are the scalp psoriasis causes?

There are no known scalp psoriasis causes and research indicates that there may be genetic or lifestyle components linked to the increased risk of you developing this skin condition. Some scientists believe that scalp psoriasis results from an immune system malfunction, where there is an overproduction of T cells. These attack healthy cells and produce more skin cells, which appear on the scalp in the form of patches that are red and usually flaky.

In addition to this, there are other factors that increase the risk of you developing scalp psoriasis and they are as follows.

  • Family history: You have a higher chance of developing scalp psoriasis if one or both of your parents have the condition as well
  • Smoking: Smoking increases the risk of developing psoriasis and is known to worsen the symptoms of the condition
  • Stress: Being overly stressed negatively affects the body’s immune system and this can be a contributing factor to the development of the skin condition
  • Obesity: Obese persons have more skin folds or creases in which inverse psoriasis rashes are likely to form

What are the symptoms of scalp psoriasis?

In the early, milder stages of scalp psoriasis, the symptoms may include minor or fine scaling on the scalp. Stress, cold or dry weather, infections, and diet changes can cause psoriasis to worsen.

Below are the symptoms you can expect to experience if your scalp psoriasis is moderate to severe:

  • Flaking of skin
  • Burning
  • Hair loss
  • Silvery-white scales
  • Dryness of the scalp
  • Itching

The hair loss with scalp psoriasis is usually temporary and doesn’t occur due to the skin condition. In fact, it is because of scratching or rough treatment that the hair is damaged and breaks easily. Getting scalp psoriasis treatment quickly should be a priority if you’re concerned about hair loss as the hair grows back normally after the skin clears up.

What are the medical scalp psoriasis treatment options?

As there is no cure to this skin condition, your best bet is to control the flare-ups as best you can. In the early stages, this is easily achievable with home remedies; however, in more severe cases, you will require special medication to address the symptoms. This may include taking medication to avoid chronic inflammation and hair loss. In many cases, scalp psoriasis treatment is usually a combination of options and doctors will offer care based on your case.

Here are a few medical treatments you can expect with the skin condition of scalp psoriasis:

  • Betamethasone and calcipotriene
  • Tazarotene
  • Oral retinoids
  • Anthralin
  • Methotrexate
  • Calcipotriene
  • Cyclosporine

Some of these are medications ingested orally and others may be administered via injection. Topical gels and foams are also available that are to be applied to the affected area. Shampoos too can be used to experience some relief.

What are the natural scalp psoriasis treatment options?

It is important to note that natural scalp psoriasis treatment isn’t something that can eradicate the symptoms completely, but it can reduce their intensity. These shouldn’t be your only treatment options as medicated and guided care is required to keep the condition in check. With that in mind, you can use any of the following substances to manage your scalp psoriasis:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Coconut oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon grape) cream
  • Capsaicin cream
  • Apple cider vinegar wash

How can you manage the symptoms of scalp psoriasis?

Keep these tips in mind to manage the symptoms most effectively:

  • Do not peel or scratch the flakes
  • Keep the scalp moisturised
  • Try to Identify potential diet or environmental triggers, if any and avoid them
  • Handle your scalp with care – avoid rough cleaning or combing
  • Get professional help immediately

With scalp psoriasis, natural care options like those mentioned above may be something you can rely on regularly, but with professional recommendation. The key is to try to identify the triggers, which usually vary on a case-to-case basis and formulate a plan accordingly. To do this effectively, you need a good doctor to guide you through the process and provide you with medications, if needed. To find such a doctor, and do so with ease, consider using the Bajaj Finserv Health App.

With this unique and easy-to-use digital tool, you can now access quality healthcare without any hassles. Thanks to the smart search functionality, you can search for the top physicians in your area within minutes, all through your smartphone. To add to this convenience, you can book appointments at the listed clinics online, thus eliminating the need for you to invest additional effort in getting care. You can also consult doctors over video should you need an urgent appointment. The app makes remote care a reliable option when a physical visit isn’t possible or unfeasible. To benefit from these telemedicine provisions and enjoy digital healthcare today, download the app for free from Google Play or the Apple App Store at the earliest.

Please note that this article is solely meant for informational purposes and Bajaj Finserv Health Limited (“BFHL”) does not shoulder any responsibility of the views/advice/information expressed/given by the writer/reviewer/originator. This article should not be considered as a substitute for any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult with your trusted physician/qualified healthcare professional to evaluate your medical condition. The above article has been reviewed by a qualified doctor and BFHL is not responsible for any damages for any information or services provided by any third party.

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