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Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis

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Psoriasis affects around 3% of the UK’s population and involves the speeding up of the bodies usual mechanism for replacing skin. Scalp psoriasis involves thick scales and redness that appear around the scalp, normally becoming itchy and inflamed. Other symptoms include tightness and soreness around the head. The normal treatment options include shampoo that can be use at home, but severe scalp psoriasis normally has to be treated by a dermatologist, who may prescribe steroid creams or salicylic acid. Although the condition can return multiple times, it rarely lasts for long periods of time and more generally occurs in flare-ups.

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my son has mild Localized scalp flaking 6 year old from past 8 months. I have taken him to multiple dermatologists all of them said it is dandruff. But by research says it is psoriasis though it is not red or ugly generally very mild and localized. his father has psoriasis, he said that unless it is red it cant be psoriasis. He had dandruff in all his life but psoriasis was diagnosed only at 27(milder case I suppose, he has few on his body, now he is 37 he doesn't treat it nor bothered about it. I am more worried. Though the kid is not worried or bothered about it, he is bit nervous me taking him to multiple doctors, finally he is asking me what has happened to me and why are you so worried?





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Hi, around 6-7 weeks ago I started getting really dry patches on my face, i then noticed other small patches on my torso that looked like spots but are just dry skin as well?? And I randomly started to get dandruff which I haven't had for years and certainly not this bad! I went to the doctors and they told me it was a small case of Guttate Psoriasis. I was told it would take around 12 weeks to go away but after noticing these patches nearly 2 months ago I haven't and can't see any improvement if not I've got more of them now and my scalp is worse!! I've never had this before and always had good skin. I'm 19 and is really effecting my confidence and feel like everyone is staring at me, and everything I've read online has said it never goes away or rarely does but I actually can't live like this. Any suggestions or medicines on how to encourage the healing process, how long roughly will I have this and does I have to spread & get worse before it goes away?? Thanks a lot - Amber.





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I got the same thing two years ago and mines. Won't go away it is embarrassing I can't wear short sleeve tops creams don't take it away but natural sunlight and sea water will clear it up but u have to keep going to the sea and get sun on ur skin but not too much sun it cleared mines up for a while but it will come back and just keep doing the same thing it's the best you can do the doc gave me a gel called dovobet gel and it cleared my arms up until u stop using it but it does clear it if you keep using it good luck xx

Try homeopathy treatment. That would surely work.

I bought organic extra virgin coconut oil I put it straight on the itchy sore parts of my scalp where the psoriasis is I leave it in overnight it doesnt leak onto my pillow and washes out easily. The soreness and itchiness dissapear instantly the smell is pleasant and leaves my hair nicely conditioned I do this about once a week and it keeps it at bay. I also find I get flare ups if my lifestyle is hectic it's a good indicator for me to slow things down a bit and watch my diet which keeps my psoriasis at bay hope this helps





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Hello, I am 27 and I have had scalp psoriasis the past couple of years. It is not very severe and it tends to accumulate around the end of the hairline (close to my forehead and neck). I have used all kinds of foams, creams and shampoos and it goes away, but as soon as I stop using them or if I am using them for a long time, it returns. Would you have any suggestions on what to do? Could it be related to psychological or environmental factors? Should I be concerned that it could spread to my face? I have seen some redness around by cheeks but I am not sure what it is. Thank you.





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Ive had psoriasis for years and ive tried all the medical shampoo and they work for awhile .i dont have severe psoriasis but ive started using aloe vera based shampoo and conditioner and im finding them very good . It is organic and so far it seems to get rid of the itchyness and i dont have any more flakness either .

Have you tried T/Gel? I have a similar level of Psoriasis on my scalp to you. I use T/Gel and it worked from the off. Use it every day for a week and then every other day. I noticed an improvement straight away. Eventually I lowered use and now use twice a week along with Vosene or similar medicated shampoo. I also use Betnovate daily just to keep the borders of my hair line free of dryness. Mine got so bad 6mons ago but is now pretty much gone and under control. Hope this helps.

I found out I had a scalp condition when at the barbers, they couldn't cut my hair properly because of big clumps hanging on to my hair follicle. I went to the Gp they weren't much help but they gave me a prescription for medicine shampoo which I took. The shampoo finished it did help but now its got worse. Could you help me,thanks





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My grandson scapegoat smells horrible after 2 days of washing it also looks like he got a lot of danraft





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I don't have sorosis but I can't find a heading my condition goes under. On and off for a couple of years I have suffered with a smelly scalp which appears about 4 hours after I've washed my hair, it's horrible, damp cheesy smell! I've tried Nizoral, t tree shampoo, t-gel shampoo, Jason's shampoo, nothing works, asked the doctor, 2 had never heard of such a thing, I've googled it, it does but no one seems to know a treatment, it's a fungal/bacteria infection, can anyone suggest anything? Here's hoping, Kate





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I used to get the exact same thing. It would spread behind my ears and all over my scalp and smelled horrible. I was told by a doctor that it was a fungal issue and prescribed Nizoral, which didn't work. The only thing that has actually worked is 'Ginger Anti-Dandruff Shampoo' from The Body Shop. I hate the smell but I haven't had an itchy, smelly or flaky scalp for weeks now. Hope it works for you!

Hi, I've had dermatitis/psoriasis on scalp for years, saw dermatologist few years ago who told me to use Hibiscrub as a shampoo once a week, just a teaspoon amount, wet hair and use as shampoo, stops 'wet dog' smell. It's a Antimicrobial Skin Cleanser, kills off the fungus, hope it works for you.

I don't have sorosis but I can't find a heading my condition goes under. On and off for a couple of years I have suffered with a smelly scalp which appears about 4 hours after I've washed my hair, it's horrible, damp cheesy smell! I've tried Nizoral, t tree shampoo, t-gel shampoo, Jason's shampoo, nothing works, asked the doctor, 2 had never heard of such a thing, I've googled it, it does but no one seems to know a treatment, it's a fungal/bacteria infection, can anyone suggest anything? Here's hoping, Kate





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My four year old has pserisiss on the scalp it smells like roting flesh trying to get a specialist in Alder hey is a nightmare. I took her there to accident and emergency and refused to go until they saw her. In the end after nearly 6 hours then sent a precipitation down without seeing her but assured me she would get a referal to be seen at there out patients. Peter has come and they are still not seeing her till the end of September what a disgrace. She starts school then and probably will be baldy. How can they let a child suffer like this I'm crying my eyes out writing I wish it was me. Can't believe a children's hospital can behave in this way. Every single person who saw her in that hospital said she needed seeing. Please help somebody





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Has anyone tried the eucerin shampoo and scalp treatment for dry itchy scalps. I wondered if this might help my daughters scalp psoriasis.





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My husband uses Philip Kingsley shampoo for dry itchy scalp and finds it helps

for me i've had this and every lotion and potion and nothing works ;( I've tried even herbal and natural things.Good luck x


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