Scalp Psoriasis Affects Around Half Of Psoriasis Sufferers
According to The National Psoriasis Foundation, about fifty percent all the people who have psoriasis have it on their scalp. That’s a lot of scalp psoriasis, when you think that around 3 percent of the population in general have psoriasis.
Scalp psoriasis stems from excessive cell growth and can lead to large white flaky patches of skin and severe dandruff, on top of the uncomfortable itching and even stinging or burning sensations. It’s not hard to diagnose scalp psoriasis, but it’s incredible how many people get it wrong in my opinion. I’ve seen many patients over the years with eczema who were diagnosed as having psoriasis. You may like to read the page entitled Psoriasis Diagnosis to familiarize yourself with the correct ways to diagnose this all too common skin complaint. Take a good look at the image above and you will be able to see the silvery, dry skin flakes that so so characteristic of scalp psoriasis.
Scalp Psoriasis Affects Everyone Differently
I have learned through clinical practice that everybody who has scalp psoriasis will experience it a little different from somebody else. For example, some will experience a lot of itching, whereas somebody else may notice that there scalp is very sensitive ranging from mild to quite severe and even burning and stinging at times. In its appearance, scalp psoriasis can range from mild to severe‚ÄĒsmall, red, rash-like bumps to thick, scaly, plaques.
Natural Scalp Psoriasis Treatment
The Natural Psoriasis Treatment Program website was created to inform on the psoriasis treatments you may be interested in administering to avoid unwanted side effects and to be the most effective and pro-active in preventing those flare ups and skin outbreaks. As an experienced clinician I feel it is important to inform you on the pros and cons of both conventional pharmaceutical treatments as well as natural psoriasis healing methods in order for you to make an informed choice right now as to what will be the most effective and clinically-proven psoriasis treatment option for you.
There are different ways to treat psoriasis but a natural psoriasis treatment is what most moderate to severe psoriasis sufferers end up looking for in my experience, particularly after they have tried and exhausted other methods of treatment. Be sure to read my topical treatments for psoriasis page, it is packed with many different natural hints and tips on how you can get your skin in top shape without the worry of all those chemicals.
There are many different ways to treat the symptoms of psoriasis and there are literally countless topical and systemic treatments that are commercially available. Chances are that you are one of the fifty percent of psoriasis sufferers who is unhappy with conventional treatment, and that’s why you are looking at this website right now.
There are many different websites you may like to look at when it comes to treating your psoriasis, and the website of The National Psoriasis Foundation is quite a good resource when it comes to providing you with biological, pharmaceutical, and consumer information on the many different treatments that might be prescribed by your medical doctor or dermatologist. They even have some information on various natural treatments, although their information is mostly conventional medical psoriasis treatments.
It is important for you to remember that psoriasis is considered an auto-immune disease by nature, and that there is NO miracle drug, herb or vitamin that will “cure” it. The most effective treatment means a holistic treatment program, a combined effort of medication (natural or drug-based), a healthy psoriasis diet, exercise as well as topical treatments that all contribute to minimizing those unwanted flare-ups and ease discomfort.
¬†Over The Counter Scalp Psoriasis Treatments
There are many different kinds of topical treatments available over the counter, but sometimes a product like “Head and Shoulders” just isn’t good enough. You may have heard about coal tar treatments, they can certainly help to slow skin growth and reduce any itchiness, but who wants to smell like a petrochemical factory? You will find that a lot of consumer psoriasis shampoo products will contain anywhere from 0.5 up to 2 percent coal tar.
Here is a list of some of the more popular consumer brands:
- Neutrogena T/Gel
Besides over the counter products, there are also several prescribed non-steroidal topical agents which include Dovonex,Taclonex, Tazorec and Vertical. These are strong chemical preparations that will work more effectively if the psoriatic skin plaques are first removed, this way the chemicals can more easily penetrate the skin. I’m no big fan of these chemical treatments because there are many effective natural psoriasis skin care treatments that work just as well – if not better.
Though the chemical makeup of each of these pharmaceutical treatments is different, the side effects are all the same and include, but are not limited to an actual worsening of the psoriasis, a reddening of skin, and in some extreme cases, quite severe dermatitis. Why even contemplate this kind of treatment?
More About Scalp Psoriasis
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- Scalp Psoriasis Who Gets It and What Causes It
- Scalp Psoriasis Diagnosis and Treatment
- The 7 Signs And Symptoms Of Scalp Psoriasis
- 10 Tips For Managing Scalp Psoriasis
- Scalp Psoriasis Lifestyle Management