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Scalp Psoriasis

Health Inspectorate WalesAround 50% of patients with psoriasis experience Scalp Psoriasis. The severity can vary from excessive flaking which is similar to fine dandruff to thick plaques. Scalp psoriasis often extends past the hairline onto the forehead and face. Many patients also suffer with it on the backs of their ears.

As well as causing embarrassment from the constant shedding of scale onto shoulders, clothes, and furniture scalp psoriasis can bleed after combing the hair, and many patients will avoid going to the hairdressers.

Treating Scalp Psoriasis

Medications

There are a variety of treatments for scalp psoriasis and many have the same ingredients as those used to treat body psoriasis but are formulated as liquids, foams, shampoos, or oils.

Tablets and Biologics, which act systemically all over the body can very often be helpful when treating scalp psoriasis.

Ultraviolet Light Therapy UV phototherapy is a safe and effective treatment for psoriasis. Usually it is administered to the whole body in cabins or to the hands and/or feet in local treatment. The skin of the scalp is usually not exposed in whole-body cabins, so scalp psoriasis is not treated. However, there are a range of ultraviolet instruments which have attachments with combs designed to move the hair to expose the scalp to sufficient UV light to enable phototherapy treatment of scalp psoriasis. However, this mode of treatment is slower than whole-body phototherapy, and a little patience is needed for a good result.

Clear Skin can provide treatment for Scalp Psoriasis and also advise and provide a range of UV combs for use at home with medical support and supervision.