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Scalp Psoriasis: It’s “hair-raising”! pSo & You

Itchy, ouchy scalp? Have you had it “up to *hair*?” About half of those with psoriasis have it on their scalp. So let’s chat more about this scalp psoriasis and how to get a handle on it!

“About half of those with psoriasis have it on their scalp.”

Yes, no, maybe so

Not sure if you have scalp psoriasis? Your healthcare provider or dermatologist is your BFF in that department. By examining your skin, scalp and nails, they can help determine if you have scalp psoriasis or another itchy-scratchy condition. Let’s see if you the most common boxes!

  • If you have scalp psoriasis, you’re likely to also have it on your elbows, knees, hands or feet. So search literally head to toe, checking the difficult-to-treat areas like these , these and even these
  • Red skin covered in flakes or dry, thick scales. These scales might be painful to remove and may bleed. #yikes
  • You’re itchy, itchy, ITCHY!!

Treat yourself, treat your scalp

All that itching and scratching can lead to hair loss. And since I love my luscious locks – and I’m sure you do too – here are some of the ways you can treat scalp psoriasis:

  • Shower overhaul – Your first line of defense is the products you’re putting on your scalp. Try switching up your products to find ones that don’t aggravate your symptoms, or ask what over-the-counter shampoos, oils, gels and soaps might be suitable.
  • Topical treatments – You might get prescribed a topical treatment that can be applied right to the scalp. #winwinwin
  • Systemic Medications and Biologics – Ask your healthcare provider about treatment options

Now all this talk about the heebie-jeebies and itchy-scratchies has me feeling like a nice long bath. Here I come bathrobe and movie binge!

Do you have any stories to share about your scalp psoriasis? I’d love to hear from you!

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