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Scalp psoriasis

Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger HendersonReviewed on 13.10.2023 | 1 minute read

Psoriasis is a long-term condition that causes thickened patches to appear on the skin. It only affect the scalp, or you might have other patches on your body. It can be intensely itchy and in a mild form, may cause red patches, usually at the back of the head and extending to the neck or behind the ears. In a more severe form, thickened plaque may cause temporary loss of hair, and this requires stronger and more prolonged treatment.

Getting Well

Despite hair covering these patches, people often feel self-conscious about the appearance, especially as flaking can occur, which looks like dandruff. It can get worse at times, and better at times. Sometimes a combination of treatments is needed to gently lift the plaque so medications can get to the psoriasis itself.

When should I see my doctor?

If you think you have scalp psoriasis, you should book a routine appointment with your doctor, who will listen to your symptoms and examine you - they may ask about rash elsewhere and symptoms of associated conditions. They can suggest targeted scalp treatments to reduce itchiness, think any plaque and help resolve the psoriasis.

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Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed by Dr Roger Henderson
Reviewed on 13.10.2023