National Psoriasis Foundation

Hair loss from scalp psoriasis

December 9, 2010

Question: Will scalp psoriasis cause my hair to fall off?

Answer: Scalp psoriasis, when severe, may cause an increase in shedding of hair, along with scales in the thick plaques. However, this is not a permanent scarring type of hair loss, and hair growth can recover following effective treatment. Although scalp psoriasis is one of the most difficult forms of psoriasis to treat, there are many effective therapies. The challenge is to maintain the improvement.

Elizabeth A. Abel, M.D.

Elizabeth A. Abel, M.D., is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. She is currently practicing in Mountain View California at the California Skin Institute and evaluates patients with all forms of psoriasis. Dr. Abel has served as an Advisory Board Member of the National Psoriasis Foundation, as Assistant Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is the 2010-2011 President of the Pacific Dermatologic Association.

Dr. Abel is a member of the Adjunct Clinical Faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical training at New York University and at the University of Maryland. She has over 80 publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature, and is the author of 22 book chapters and Editor of “Photochemotherapy in Dermatology”.


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