Scalp Psoriasis – Diagnosis And Treatments

Scalp Psoriasis – Diagnosis and Treatments

What is Scalp Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is an auto-immune disease which affects around 2% of the Caucasian population. The disease occurs due to skin cells growing too quickly because of faulty signals from the body’s immune system. The excess skin accumulates as red patches, sometimes accompanied with silvery scales.

Over 50% of people suffering from Psoriasis have it on the scalp; there is currently no known cure, although treatments to reduce symptoms are available.

Triggers for Psoriasis are thought to be genetic predisposition, bacterial infections and other illnesses, stress and damage caused to the skin. People with Psoriasis can exacerbate the condition due to diet and other poor lifestyle decisions.

Impact of Scalp Psoriasis

The effects of Scalp Psoriasis are often psychological; here are common impacts for sufferers of the disease:

  • Dandruff – Psoriasis areas will frequently be covered by dry white silvery scales, which will flake and fall off onto clothing which looks unsightly and is a cause of embarrassment
  • Hair Styling – Sufferers may need to compromise on hairstyles, with short hair in particular being problematic as it shows the Psoriasis off adversely
  • Itching – The scalp can itch and scratching can lead to broken skin, bleeding, hair loss, infection risks and a general worsening of the condition
  • Pain – The Psoriasis can be painful and give sufferers a feeling of scalp tightness

The Value of a Trichologist Consultation

For sufferers of Scalp Psoriasis expert consultation is advisable. A GP can prescribe medication and give advice but will lack the specialist knowledge required. Consulting with a Trichologist consultation is highly advisable.

Visiting a Trichologist at a Clinic such as Wimpole will help to ensure Scalp Psoriasis is under firm management and control. A Trichologist will understand the “stress” the condition brings and will be a friend in the corner able to offer practical helpful advice.

Typical treatments a Trichologist could offer would be a range of ointments to treat damaged skin areas and also the use of UV light which is known to markedly improve the condition. Treatments could be provided on a regular basis with booster sessions when/if flare-ups of the conditions occur. As with many health conditions pre-emptive care is better than fixing the issue after the event.

Potential Scalp Psoriasis Treatments

There are a range of potential treatments for Scalp Psoriasis, these include:
• Managing stress – Anxiety and stress can “flare up” Scalp Psoriasis and techniques need to be put in place to keep stress to a minimum
• Medication – GP medication, over the counter treatments and specialist products from Trichologists will help
• UV light treatment – The effects of Psoriasis can be reduced through UV light treatment
• Weight management – Losing weight can help to control outbreaks

The Wimpole Clinic Can Help

If you are suffering from Scalp Psoriasis the Wimpole Clinic can help. Call us on 020 7935 1861 to speak to an expert and book a Trichologist Consultation. Our experts will be able to full diagnose the condition and discuss a plan to manage the condition.

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