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Dandruff or scalp psoriasis? Find out what scalp psoriasis is and how to go about treating it

Scalp psoriasis is a somewhat rare scalp flaking condition that’s different than dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. It affects only about 3% of the population.


Because some of the symptoms can appear similar, it may be worth trying common dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis treatments first, to see if your condition improves.

Try Head & Shoulders Clinical Strength Shampoo contains strongest non-prescription anti-dandruff treatment you can get. Its selenium sulfide formula works hard to tackle the root cause of the scalp flaking and irritation.

If you see no improvement after using this shampoo every time you wash your hair for three weeks, your symptoms may be caused by another condition like scalp psoriasis.

Consult your dermatologist if you think you have scalp psoriasis. They will be able to prescribe a suitable treatment.

Dermatologists will often try a number of treatment options to find one that works best, as some treatments will work better for some people than others.

It all depends on the severity of the psoriasis and your individual reaction to treatment.

What treatments might your doctor recommend for scalp psoriasis?

You should definitely consult your doctor or dermatologist to find the right treatment – and there are plenty they might suggest:

1. Medicines applied to the skin

These treatments aim to soothe and reduce irritation and inhibit the skin cell turnover. Corticosteroids are prescribed most commonly.

2. UV light therapy

Controlled use of UV light can help to stop the problem cells from multiplying as quickly.

3. Steroid injections

This treatment is usually only for mild scalp psoriasis and is administered by a doctor.

4. Oral or injected medication

For severe scalp psoriasis, your doctor might prescribe drugs to be taken by mouth or by injection. These medications include corticosteroids and cyclosporine.

Scalp psoriasis doesn’t have a cure, but with the right treatment it can be managed and kept under control so if you think you have the condition, make sure to see your doctor or dermatologist.

Read more about scalp psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis

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