Psoriasis is a common skin condition; nearly 8 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with it. With scalp psoriasis, the raised, scaly clusters of skin cells that are characteristic of the condition with grow on your scalp either below the hairline or spreading to behind your ears. Doctors do not know the cause, but it is known that psoriasis is not contagious. The severity of the condition can vary from slight to severe.
In very bad cases, it can lead to hair loss, which is caused by the intense itching. There are many treatments available for scalp psoriasis including gels and medicated shampoos. If you are looking for over the counter options, look for products containing salicylic acid and/or coal tar. For more concentrated treatments your doctor can prescribe ingestible medicine as well as topical medications. Scalp psoriasis is a very manageable condition with treatment usually lasting around 8 weeks.
If you are experiencing hair loss due to scalp psoriasis, don’t let it stress you out. This is a temporary result. The stress that your scalp is experiencing is the cause of the hair loss. The scratching caused by constant itchy scalp is the biggest culprit of hair breakage and loss. Once you treat the psoriasis, your hair will begin to grow back. This symptom will always present itself along with other signs of scalp psoriasis. If no other symptoms are present, then your hair loss may be due to something else. When experiencing hair loss due to scalp psoriasis, you may start feeling a bit depressed. Always remember that it is not permanent. Seek treatment and your hair will thank you.