Psoriasis is a problem affecting millions in the United States. About half of those afflicted with this malady also suffer from psoriasis on the scalp. Scalp psoriasis affects people in varying degrees, ranging from mild irritation and scaling to more severe plaque-like patches on parts of the head or across the entire area of the scalp. In more severe cases, scalp psoriasis can also cause hair loss.

How Does Scalp Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?

In most cases, the hair loss caused by scalp psoriasis is only temporary, but care must be taken not to further irate or worsen the area. Hair loss typically occurs due to excessive scratching and not effectively treating the affected areas. Using treatment options to remove the scaling in a forceful manner can also be a reason for any hair loss. However, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, once you find a more suitable treatment for your scalp psoriasis, your hair is likely to grow back.

Treating Scalp Psoriasis

There are many treatments available for psoriasis. Some may work better than others depending on the exact symptoms of your condition. It is best to consult with your physician regarding any treatments before attempting to treat your condition yourself, as your physician can likely recommend a treatment or combination of treatments that will be most beneficial for you.

Treatments for scalp psoriasis can include:

  • Avoiding use of hair styling tools such as hair dryers, curling irons and other tools that can apply heat to the scalp
  • Using hair products and conditioners that contain beneficial ingredients for your scalp and hair
  • Soothing the irritated areas of the scalp with a cool, wet towel
  • Vitamins and supplements

If you’re suffering from scalp psoriasis it’s best to seek treatment. A Transitions member hair loss center can help determine which hair loss treatment solution is right for you. To set up a free hair loss evaluation with one of our hair loss specialists visit one of our locations by clicking here.


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