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”.


Comments

  • my sister is 13 and her condition is so severe. No one has been able to help her. She is 13 and kids are very cruel to her. She has sunk into a depression at times. She had seen a dermatologist but I don’t think he factored in her age, hormones, and her peer stress and home life as well. Because it has spread from the scalp now down to her legs.
    What should she do? I don’t want to loose another sister.
    Help!
    Sincerely, Noelle

  • I have severe scalp psoriasis and major hair loss. Due to HMO Insurance restrictions, I can only see one dermatologist and his shampoo and conditioner and done nothing for my scalp proriasis. Can you send any suggestions? Thank You

  • Hi Sharon,

    Finding the right treatment for psoriasis doesn’t always happen on the first shot. Since there are many treatments for scalp psoriasis, it’s important to work closely with your dermatologist to find the most effective treatment. Tar products and salicylic acid are generally sufficient for treating very mild scalp psoriasis. Many coal tar and non-coal tar medicated shampoos for treating scalp lesions are on the market. Remember, medicated shampoos are designed for the scalp, not the hair. Sometimes doctors inject scalp lesions with steroid medications. This is done only when the scalp psoriasis is mild and involves a few areas. Steroid injections are given sparingly because the medication can be absorbed into the system.

    If you have a more severe case of scalp psoriasis, you may need to try different treatment plans before you find the one that works for you. If crusting of the scalp along with scaling occurs and/or the lymph nodes in your neck are enlarged, indicating a yeast infection, your doctor may prescribe antimicrobial treatment.

    Common topical treatments for scalp psoriasis include:

    * Anthralin
    * Dovonex
    * Taclonex
    * Tazorac

    Common systemic medication treatments for psoriasis include:

    * Methotrexate
    * Oral retinoids
    * Cyclosporine
    * Biologics
    * Ultraviolet light

    Hair blocks ultraviolet (UV) light treatments from reaching the scalp. However, better results can be achieved with conventional UV units if you part your hair in many rows, if you have very thin hair or if you shave your head. Hand-held devices called UV combs are available to deliver a higher intensity of UV light. Natural sunlight may also help if the hair is very thin or the head is shaved.

  • Hi Noelle,

    Dermatologists determine a treatment for psoriasis based on the type of psoriasis, age of the patient, severity of the disease, location of psoriasis, lifestyle, as well as personal and family health history. Treatments are limited for younger people because of the potential side effects.

    Here are three basic categories of psoriasis treatment:

    * Topical treatments like creams and ointments are used on the areas of skin that have psoriasis plaques
    * Light therapy (ultraviolet light A and B or UVA and UVB) works by exposing the skin to light waves, sometimes cover the whole body and sometimes only on affected areas, like hands and feet.
    * Systemic medications are medications taken by mouth or injected into the muscle.

    Learn more about psoriasis treatments on our website: http://www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=326. If you’re family is not satisfied with the care that your sister is receiving from her current doctor, it may be time to get a second opinion. If you need assistance finding a dermatologist in your area, please utilize our physician directory: http://www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1486.

  • After trying many treatments for scalp psoriasis my dermatologist prescribed a lotion that worked like magic. It is Betaderm 0.1%. Hope this helps someone.

  • i have a mild case of psoriasis on my scalp. My problem is that all scalp shampoo’s i use dry my hair out so when i blowdry, straighten or colour my hair it breaks and my hair continues to get shorter and shorter. i use leave in conditioning treatments, wash my hair with regular shampoo and conditioner sometimes and i rarely blow dry and straighten it but it doesnt seem to help. Is there anything i can do or use to get my hair strong and long?

  • Hi Sarah,

    Normal hair growth and health will usually return once these irritants have been reduced or discontinued. Unfortunately, in order to be effective, most treatments for scalp psoriasis contain chemicals or medications that can also alter or cause damage to the hair. When these treatments are used on hair that has already been chemically treated, such as with hair color or permanent solution, further problems or damage can occur.

    To read about what other people with scalp psoriasis are using for their hair, check out the It Works for Me directory: http://www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=437. You must be logged into the website to open this database.

  • hi i am suffering from scalp psoriasis from almost two years
    please suggest any home remedies in treating it and could u please tell me how to reduce hair loss due to scalp psoriasis(any preventive measures). thanqyou

  • Hi Karthik,

    There are many over the counter and prescription medications that can be used to treat scalp psoriasis. You can learn more about these various treatments here:
    http://www.psoriasis.org/netcommunity/sublearn03_loc_scalp. Or, try searching our free treatment guide:
    http://www.psoriasis.org/netcommunity/learn_treatmentguide.

    Hair loss is a common problem experienced by those with scalp psoriasis.
    Often this hair loss is the result of damage to the hair shaft or hair follicles and not a result of the psoriasis itself. This damage can occur from rubbing, scratching or excessive combing, and from harsh chemicals and medications.

    Normal hair growth will usually return once these irritants have been reduced or discontinued. Unfortunately, hair will no longer grow if the hair follicles have been damaged.

    To start on a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your case of psoriasis, visit with your health care provider.

  • Hi Sarah,

    I’m 28 years old male. I have been suffering from scalp psoriasis for past 3 years. My dermatologist has suggested me the following treatment:
    1) HH Salic Lotion containing Salicylic Acid(3.5%) and Mometasone Furoate(0.10%), to be applied twice in a week while going to bed.

    2) Hair & Skin tablet containing Biotin(10mg). Daily 1 tab.

    3) Prize 500 tablet containing Evening Primrose Oil. Daily 1 tab.

    4) 8x Dandruff shampoo containing ZPTO. Twice a week.

    I usually avoid scratching my scalp. But still I’m facing hair loss(40-60 hairs daily). My hairs are still thick in diameter but very weak in nature. So whenever I curl my hair, I get 2-3 strands in my hand. Although, I can’t see the hair root(hair bulb) in them.

    So my queries are:
    a) Is the above treatment enough for curing scalp psoriasis. Whenever I apply that lotion, I loose 10-20 hairs.

    b) Is the hair loss recoverable? How can I find out if the hair loss is due to scalp psoriasis, or is there any other reason for it?

    c) What can I do to strengthen my hair and hair roots.

    d) What treatment is suggested to recover my lost hairs.

    Please suggest me as I feel very depressed due to my hair loss.

    Thanks,
    Piyush

  • With my previous questions, please let me know the time required for successfully treating scalp psoriasis. And usually how much time is required for hairs to grow back to normal strength?

  • There is currently no known cure for psoriasis, but there are many treatments available, including topical medications, phototherapy, and systemic medications. To learn more treatments for scalp psoriasis, talk with your dermatologist and check out our website: http://www.psoriasis.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=442.

    Hair loss is a common problem experienced by those with scalp psoriasis. Often this hair loss is the result of damage to the hair shaft or hair follicles and not a result of the psoriasis itself. This damage can occur from rubbing, scratching or excessive combing, and from harsh chemicals and medications.

    Normal hair growth will usually return once these irritants have been reduced or discontinued. Unfortunately, hair will no longer grow if the hair follicles have been damaged.

    Unfortunately, in order to be effective, most treatments for scalp psoriasis contain chemicals or medications that can also alter or cause damage to the hair. When these treatments are used on hair that has already been chemically treated, such as with hair color, permanent solution, or styling with heat (i.e. curling irons, blow-dryers, etc.), further problems or damage can occur.

    There is no way to tell how quickly your hair will grow back. However, getting psoriasis under control with the appropriate treatment is the first step to healthy hair growth.

  • …now am 19 nyears old…an dam having this disease of psoriasis since when i was 11 years old…i took this problem seriously and went to doctor(homeopathic) when i was..16. and the course of medicine went very long with very marginal cure..then i went another doctor homeo[pathic only…the reaction was bit faster but there also..the day when medicin was not used, all comes back to initial stage. then i went to a skin specialist. when the reaction was faster than any one till now…he gave tarcoal products..but since all it was chemicals, i was scared that it will damage my skin seriously..so i went to a AYURVADIC….NEAR HIM the disease is in control but the hair fall is the maximum the ever……plz PLZ TELL ME THE EFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS AND ALL KIND OFF RESTRICTIONS TO FOLLOWED TO EFFECTIVELY TACKLE THIS PROBLEM IN SHORTEST POSSIBLE TIME…..I WILL MAINTAIN THE THE EFFECTIVENESS….

  • Hi Gautam,
    I myself have been suffering from Psorasis for past 14 years. The whole point is Homeopathy takes times but cures the disease. U need to have lot of patience. In the course of treatment your skin might become worst but u need to bear the phase as Homeopathy completely aggravates it and then only cures it. So please do not stop the medication if it aggravates. It might take 6,7 or 8 years to cure completely depending on how old u r disease is. My suggestion is continue the Homepathy medication it will cure..

  • While complementary and alternative treatments are becoming more common, it is important to note that to date they have not been tested and studied to the same extent as conventional medical treatments. Learn more on the Psoriasis Foundation’s website: http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/alternative.

  • I have always had dry skin but, no one on either side of my family has ever suffered with scalp psoriasis. My scalp psoriasis has been present for 6 mos. It’s a good thing that I had lots of thick healthy hair b/c it’s not now! When I shampoo (with countless different shampoos) the results are always the same. My hair falls out in large amounts as I wash and once I use a non-sulfate highly moisturizing conditioner and then carefully comb it, I get a large pile. And here is something puzzling, just 4 days ago I noticed skin tags and seedy small bumps are appearing on my torso from my neck to my waist, front and back. Another thing I have noticed is that my urine has had a foul odor since before all of this began. I have told my PCP and the derm dr. and neither think this is peculiar. I do thinkit is all related some how but, nothing has helped so far! Is there nothing else to try that won’t kill me?????

  • iam 28yr old…i have sever hair fall problem and i could see a white patches all over my head..looks like dandruff…i took so serious and went to a doctor…she advised to apply HHSALIC lotion every day night and advised to wash the hair with Salisia KT shampoo twice a week….. can i get out from this problem?
    …iam really in depression that every one started commenting me at my office looking at the volume of my hair.
    can you pls advise me are those medicines cure my problem?

  • My doctor gave me Dermasoothe scalp oil to use every night. And along with that Ultravate cream to use in the morning after wAshing scalp oil off. Works great! Good luck

  • I have been encountering scalp psoriasis for almost a year. It started off like a severe case of dandruff getting worse almost daily. My hair is thinning out so that my scalp is exposed more so than it ever has. In addtion, my scalp has dandruff flakes and a whitish colored appearance. I am very self conscious of this as I work in a high profile public and interpersonal interactions. I can see the looks on my office mates faces as I talk with them. I look in the mirror and it’s noticeable.
    I don’t want to sound like a whiner, but does the hair grow back eventually? Thank you,

    Herb

  • Hi Herb: hair loss due to psoriasis is typically temporary, as Dr. Abel mentions above. There is no way to predict exactly when your hair will start back coming in, but the best first step is establishing a treatment plan that is effective in treating your lesions. Scalp treatments must be repeated until one is able to get adequate control of the lesions. This can take up to eight weeks or longer. Once you achieve an acceptable level of clearing, you may be able to keep psoriasis from coming back by using a tar shampoo or other medicated shampoo daily or twice a week. Because these types of maintenance treatments have less harsh chemicals and medications (and involve a gentler application), it is likely that your hair follicles will repair and you will see better hair growth. For more information about treatment plans for treating psoriasis on the scalp, please visit our website: https://www.psoriasis.org/Page.aspx?pid=442.

    In terms of explaining psoriasis to others, we have some tips on our website for coping and handling the reactions of others: https://www.psoriasis.org/learn_emotions. Best of luck and please email us at education@psoriasis.org if there is anything we can do to assist you.

  • I have had P for many years now and have tried many different tactics in trying to calm the P down. I have noticed that drinking a ton of water everyday as well as exercise and diet have helped the most as well as low stress. I have also noticed a relationship between proper digestion and my skin (I have started to take probiotics, which have actually helped my skin). I also take Omega 3 fatty acids as well as cumin tablets and use olive oil with lavender extract in it on my scalp (I have had hair loss on my scalp and it is emotionally difficult to deal with). I really believe that my P is related to my stress, diet, exercise, family genetics and drinking enough water (I feel that my body is out of balance). My P flares up with too much sugar and when I drink alcohol. When I got really sick a while back and was bed ridden and on antibiotics, my P completely went away. The quest for fully healing my P condition continues. Any other advice? I was thinking of taking Biotin supplements?

  • Hi Aaron, thank you for your comment. It sounds like you are going a great job of identifying your psoriasis triggers and working to address their impact on your life. Maintaining a healthy weight by eating healthful foods may help reduce psoriasis severity and minimize the risk of developing related diseases. Additionally, stress can cause psoriasis to flare for the first time or aggravate existing psoriasis. Relaxation and stress reduction may help prevent stress from impacting psoriasis.

    At this point, there is not a substantial amount of evidence to indicate that biotin may be helpful in treating psoriasis. You may find it interesting to take a look at this list of 15 herbal and essential nutrient remedies used to treat psoriasis, previously published in Psoriasis Advance: http://www.psoriasis.org/Page.aspx?pid=1175. It’s important to talk with your doctor before beginning a supplement regimen. Please feel free to email us at education@psoriasis.org if you have any questions about the treatment options available to you.

  • Over the years I’ve tried many treatments for my psoriasis – scalp and arms are the main areas affected. Their effectiveness varies, and sometimes they work, other times, for no explicable reason, one I’ve been using suddenly stops working. I’ve now moved on from using chemical based products and am now going down the natural route as I think it’s being a bit kinder on my skin. The shampoo and conditioner from Katharine Botanicals is my current favourite – http://www.katharinebotanicals.com/psoriasis-treatments/scalp-psoriasis-and-other-affected-areas.html – and it smells lovely.

  • I’ve struggled with psoriasis for many years. I have recently got it fairly under control through the use of a lotion called Elocon. I have however started losing hair. Is this hair loss perhaps a result of the elocon scalp lotion?

    If so is there another way to treat my scalp psoriasis?

  • Thank you for the treatment tip, Sam! Please consider submitting to the It Works for Me database of at-home treatment ideas for psoriasis: http://www.psoriasis.org/iwfm.

  • Hi Victor: Elocon is not typically associated with hair loss, but sometimes the vigorous application of any topical can trigger this symptom. You can read more about many treatments for psoriasis on the scalp in this booklet: http://www.psoriasis.org/Document.Doc?id=155. Please feel free to email us at education@psoriasis.org if you have any further questions!

  • Hello. I am 26 and am currently suffering from some kind of scalp issue. It makes my scalp incredibly itchy, and I am losing hair slowly but surely. It’s been going on since late January. I didn’t know if it was a scalp fungus or what it was. My dermatologist (who I can only see sparingly as I have no health insurance and am on a sliding scale fee with) prescribed fluocinolone acetonide scalp oil for use twice a week for scalp psoriasis. I leave it on overnight, wear a shower cap to bed, and wash it out when I wake up in the morning. Either that or the antifungal pill I am taking is making my head not itch as much during the day. (Though it flares up during workouts.)

    I am going to see him on July 31st. I’m going to ask him if it is possible to get a Wood’s Lamp test to see if what I have is a scalp fungus or if I have scalp psoriasis. The hair loss is bothering me. My dad lost his hair, but I don’t know if what I have is typical baldness because my hair is falling out in the places I scratch the most which is most curious.

    Thanks for your time.

  • I have been usin the prescription shampoo my dermatologist prescribed along wiyh another dandruff shampoo and it doesn’t stop the constant itching and hair loss. The doctor says my scratching causes the hair loss. What concerns me is right before another patch of psoriasis develops I get sore spot on my scalp similar to acne. Is this normal or does it mean my psoriasis more severe than my doctor thinks?

  • I am having methotrexate and getting bald can u sujjest any remedy?

  • Hi Santanu: taking folic acid with methotrexate can decrease the side effects during treatment. Your doctor will know the best schedule for taking folic acid, so talk with your doctor about folic acid supplements.

  • Hi Joanne: there are a number of different types of psoriasis and it can appear in various forms, but do be sure to chat with your doctor if your current treatment plan is not addressing your symptoms. You can read more about other treatment options for scalp psoriasis here: http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp.

  • Hi,

    I have recently developed dry throat and mouth from past 3-4 months though I suffer from psoriaisis from past 3 years.I have also taken homoeopathic treatment for long. Is this because of homeoeopathic treatment or psoriasis patients also suffer from same throat, mouth n stomach condition as I have?

    Also any suggestions for scalp itchiness and roughness [moisturizers or oil are not of any help ]?

    Though I strongly feel long hours of sleep work very well..!

  • I had scalp psoriasis and i literally tried everything. None of the dedicated psoriasis treatments worked such as steroid shampoos.

    My advice to anyone is to try the following:

    1. Buy a very, very natural shampoo. Make sure it isn’t overly scented with essential oils as this will irritate your scalp as much as the baddies such as parabens that cause excessive irritation.

    2. I found a natural shampoo from an Indian company without any parabens or nasties and it works a treat. It’s called Himalaya , but i live in Singapore so i don’t know how readily available it would be elsewhere in the world.

    3. I keep my hair very short. I’m male of course, so if you really want to get rid of the excessive urge to scratch and build up of scales, then this is a practical way to go about it. I don’t know what to suggest for the ladies…

    3. Try to relax a bit more. I know it’s easier said than done but i have witnessed the flare ups in my condition when my life starts to get stressful. I don’t mean that you need to mediate or do yoga – just watch some enjoyable movies, go play some sports or just go out to a cafe.

    I hope this helps

  • Hi there Sanpreet, dry throat and mouth is not a symptom typically associated with psoriasis. Talk to your doctors about any potential side effects from your current treatment plan. In terms of products for scalp itch, you can find many options in the Online Treatment Guide: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/treatment-guide.

  • I definitely have scalp psoriasis in localized places (mainly along the hairline behind the temple), and I usually flare in the fall and in the spring. I know b/c I see the flakes and the red patches on my scalp. However, I’ve also been experiencing hair loss from other parts of my scalp – basically everywhere but where I’ve seen the red patches, where the loss and subsequent regrowth is in chunks. The regrowth is the only way I notice that I’ve actually lost hair in the first place. In the places where my hair regrows, I have never had itching or flaking. I do very little to my hair – moderate blow drying, no products, and rarely put it up with clips or ties. Is this loss connected with Psoriasis, or is it something else?

    Thank you!
    Tina

  • I’m suffering from psoriasis , it started off whn I went on holiday behind my ears but now it’s spreading out I did go and see my doctor n got a gel but that didn’t work , I haven’t been bak to doctors but I’m going next week. I apply dry skin cream which I use for my face it doesn’t get rid if it but the dryness disappears which makes it easier for me to go to school bcos it’s not motionless but now I’m really writing worried so I’m going to the doctors before its all over my scalp. I couldn’t figure what is was at first it’s been a few days I found out over the Internet.

  • Bcos it’s not NOTICBLE that’s what I meant sorry.

  • Dear Sir, Madam

    Im from Maldives and we dont find experst in Dermatology however Its a pleasure reading your suggestions about the desease and i would like to cure my sculp psoriasis and i find that a part of my sculp having effected and also that particularea hair is thin and weak and takes longer time to gro in that pirticular area ,however when i Shave my head the it seems its get better andf after when it grows back agin its psoriasis come back agin.

    Kindly suggent what kind of treatment is required and how to get back the hair to grow.

    thank you.

  • Cindy I share the same symptoms as you are having..I can tell you that the white spots on your torso need constant moisturizing.. My doc prescribed Vaseline..or Nivea extra moisturizer…. As for the urine I did a urine test and it turned out I had an infection..

  • Hey everyone.
    First of just like to say, great feedback from people it’s very useful stuff.

    I’m 22 year old male. I have suffered with Psoarisis for 6 years. I have it over my legs, arms, armpits and all over my torso. The psoarisis over my body is easily treated with topical steroid cream & twice a year light therapy to get me through the worker outbreaks. My scalp psoarisis however is very stubborn. My hair appears as if its greatly receding at the sides. Whenever I get out of the shower, just from gently washing my hair, I lose around40-60 hairs. I have used such ointments as Cocois but due to their factory burning down its no longer available in my area. I would really like to know if there is anything available on the NHS that can help deal with the psychological side to psoarisis because It really does affect the way you feel about yourself. I would often wear a hat when out in public regardless of the weather. I dread staying over people house. As when I awake I have skin sheds everywhere.

    Any advice or tips welcome.

    Thanks a lot and great posts.

  • I have had P for several years now, mainly on torso and limbs. Originally, my derm had me use the Clobetasol ointment that I use on my discoid Lupus. After having a small reaction on my leg, he changed me to Dipralene (sp?). A few months ago I noticed my scalp itching, then came the red scaly bumps, then the hair loss. My derm gave me Clobetasol topical for my scalp (it’s a liquid/gel) and it is wonderful!!!

  • Hi Jamie, thanks for commenting! You may find it helpful to check out our opportunities for connecting with others: http://www.psoriasis.org/newly-diagnosed/connect-with-others. The Psoriasis Association of the UK may be of assistance as well: http://www.psoriasis-association.org.uk.

  • Hi there Tina: if you are not having hair loss in conjunction with psoriasis flares, you may want to check in with your doctor about this. There can be many causes for hair loss, including certain medications, hormonal factors, and scalp infections.

  • Hello!
    I wasn’t sure what is my condition because doctors would give me different answers all the time. GP’s would always say it’s seborheic dermatitis and dermatologist would think it’s psoriasis. The last dermatologist I saw told me it’s seborhiasis. Basically there are symptoms of both.
    I’ve got crusty fatty build up on my scalp and it basically feels like my hair is stuck in a chewing gum.
    I was prescribed elocon, dermovate and recently Diprosalic and Sebco ointment. To be honest none of them do much for my pso riasis. The only helpful thing was actually jojoba oil. But only when the hair is shaved. The problem is that it sticks to the hair and it’s so difficult to get rid of it without damaging the hair. I’ve suffered major hair loss and got a nearly bald patch.
    Are there any advices for me? Is there are a chance that my hair would grow back? To be honest I’m losing trust in doctors ability to do anything

  • IM ALLY & I HAVE BEEN SURFERING SCALP PSORIASIS ON HEAD FOR THE PAST 4 YEAR FOR NOW.. I UNDER GONE A SURGERY IN 2009 ON MY HEAD, CAUSE THERE WAS A CYST INSIDE MY HEAD.. EVERYTHING WENT NORMAL AFTER THE OPERATION, BUT FROM THE PLACE IT WAS TAKEN OUT IT USE TO RISE UP WITH LIQUID & THAT LIQUID WAS YELLOW IN COLOR VERY THIN TOOO.. AFTER THAT FOR FEW MONTHS I WAS HAPPY TO GET RID OF IT.. THAN SUDDENLY MY HEAD STARTED TO PAIN MORE OFTEN & THERE WERE WATERY BOILS ON MY HEAD. WENT TO SKIN SPECIALIST & HE STATED ITS NOTHING ITS JUS DUE TO CLIMATIC CHANGES & NEED TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY DIET.

    HE GAVE ME COUPLE OF TABLETS TO EAT DEFINETLY HIGH IN MG AROUND 500 & LOTS OF CREAMS TO APPLY ON MY HEAD BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP. THEY DEFINETLY HELPED ME WHICH I WAS EATING THEM. ONCE THE COURSE IS BEEN DONE, AFTER A MONTH OR 2 THEY WILL COME BACK AGAIN & THIS TIME MORE POWERFUL & STRONGER THAN BEFORE & THE SOLUTION WAS TO TAKE MORE MEDS & APPLY CREAM ON YOUR HEAD DAILY..

    2012 TILL NOW THIS MOMENT I AM FACING WITH THIS PROBLEM & I PRAY EVERYDAY TO GOD THAT I DNT NEED ANYTHING BUT JUST CURE ME WITH THIS BLOOD SUCKING DISEASE, AS I KNOW THE KIND OF PAIN I GO THROUGH WHENEVER THEY ARE ON MY HEAD, I HAVE TO KEEP MY HAND BELOW MY HEAD CAUSE I CNT EVEN KEEP MY HEAD TOTALLY ON PILLOW AS IT HURTS ME A LOT.
    I HAVE BEEN SURFING MANY WEBSITES, COLLECTIONG VALUABLE INFO FROM THE NET & FINALLY HAVE DECIDED THAT WILL QUIT NON VEG FOOD FOR SURE, JUS ONCE IN A BLUE MOON. I NEVER USED TO DRINK BUT OCCASIONALLY BUT WILL STOP THAT TOO, WILL EAT MORE FRUITS & HEALTHY VEGGIES ALONG WITH PLENTY OF WATER & EXCERCISE. PLANNING TO STAY BLAD ATLEAST FOR AN YEAR & EXPERIENCE IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE OR NOT… HAIR WAS MY BEAUTY & IT KILLS ME FROM INSIDE THAT I HAVE A SUCH A DISEASES WHICH IS KILLING MY CHARM…I M CURRENTLY 25 & I WANT TO CURE THIS DISEASE NO MATTER BEFORE I TURN 28.

    WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER I USED TO RUB MY HEAD ON MY LIVING ROOM GLASS TABLE & THE WHOLE TABLE USED TO BE FULL OF WHITE STUFF, MY PARENTS SAID THAT NOTHING BUT A DANDRUFF, SO I IGNORED IT TOO. IF ONLY I KNEW THAT IN FUTURE THIS IS GONNA BE SUCH A BIG PROBLEM TO ME 7 WOULD HAVE DEFINETLY LOOKED FOR SOME CURE.. WHAT I STRONGLY FEEL THAT AFTER MY SURGURY I GOT THIS. DUE YOU THINK SOMETHING WENT WRONG THAT TIME !!!!

    CURRENTLY I M USING AVEDAM & SCALP SHAMPOO THEY ARE QUITE GOOD BUT STILL IT COMES BACK… HOW SHOULD I GET RID OF THIS ????? SOS

  • I got psoriasis when I was 14, three years ago. At first it was only on my elbows, but then it evolved to my entire body. It was horrible.
    My dermatologists prescribed me cortisone-based creams that thinned out my skin and caused scars on my legs.
    Today it is somewhat clear on my body..
    But it has never left my scalp. I have to tie my hair up because of the constant flaking (which is so embarrassing when people notice it). I have stopped using most of my medicated shampoos (aside for Head and Shoulders) because they were damaging my hair too much. This year I’ve shed so much of it that I am starting to notice “bald” areas. Help!!! What treatments are out there that don’t damage hair??
    I also just noticed a “pit” on one of my finger nails that resembles nail psoriasis. What is the best treatment for that?
    Please help me clear my psoriasis. It is becoming increasingly hard to keep up with it, as it shows up in new parts of my body as soon as I clear the other parts! :’(

  • I am 39 years old. I have been battling psoriasis since my diagnosis at 17, so that’s quite a long time. From my experience, all I can say is that everyone is different as far as their method of treatment. I have it to some degree on every single part of my body either right now or at some point on the past, but the scalp is the worst. It’s a challenge but at least you can cover the parts of your body where you affected but when it’s on your scalp, well it’s on display for everyone to see. Believe me, even at 39, grown folks are just as cruel as teenagers were when I first got it. I put clobetesol around The hairline, it helps a little but my ENTIRE scalp is affected. I have lost a tremendous amount of hair due to brushing, washing and styling but I just wait for the flare ups to end and the falling off to happen. Only bad thing is, although they are in the stage right now of detaching themselves from my scalp, the plaques are intertwined with a huge chunk of my hair and I have more than 20 bald spots randomly on my scalp. My solution: a hat…. I have been wearing one for just about a month now. Thank God my job is understanding, but it’s quite embarrassing as you can imagine. Psoriasis is a tricky, cruel, painful, physical and mental disease. After all these years, after all the treatments, I still don’t have one really good piece of advice as far as treating it. It all depends on how bad the flare ups are when they happen. My doctor is fantastic. He has tried so many different methods of treatment over the years but this psoriasis is here to stay. I wish you all good luck in your journeys and treatment plans…

  • Hi Simon: treatments for scalp psoriasis are often combined and rotated because a person’s psoriasis may become less responsive to medications after repeated use. It can certainly take trial and error to find the right treatment (or combination of treatments) for you. A doctor might recommend a different topical, and/or phototherapy for your symptoms. Read more on our website: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp. Once your symptoms are under control, it is very likely that your hair will grow back– but the first step is settling on an effective treatment plan.

  • Hi Ally: thanks for posting. Sometimes surgery or medical trauma can trigger psoriasis. Psoriasis triggers are often not universal, and what affects one person may not affect another.

    If you are interested in learning more about how diet might impact psoriasis, you may find it helpful to check out this webcast presentation by Dr. Jerry Bagel: http://www.psoriasis.org/events/educational/webcasts/diet-may-improve-psoriasis.

  • Hi Naomi: being very careful when removing scale may help to limit temporary hair loss. Soaking the scalp in warm (not hot) water can help loosen scales. Another way to soften and loosen scales is to apply oils, lotions, creams or ointments to a damp scalp.

    People generally use round or fine-tooth combs or brushes. One of the best methods is to comb the scalp gently in a light circular motion, holding the comb almost flat against the scalp. Once the scale is loosened, you may shampoo to flush the scale from the scalp and out of the hair. For other treatment options, please visit: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp.

    In terms of psoriasis of the nails, you can learn more about your treatment choices here: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/hands-feet-nails/managing-nail-psoriasis.

  • I had severe psoriasis. In my first semester studying I felt overwhelmed, stress triggered a red itchy spot on my scalp around my frontal lobe area. At first is was small then it began to increase its size and spread around my scalp. the size of the dandruff were the size of a quarter. i was imbaressed to walk out side. the doctor recommended a shampoo that had no effect what so ever. i went to a specialist, a friend of mine and he right away recommended me CLOBETASOL PROPINATE. the ointment worked wonders, within a week of use my psoriasis went away. However children should not use this cream nor pregnat women, it does contain some steroid. Hope it works for you God Bless

  • i am 21 year old, i sm suffering from scalp psoriasis from 5 years, i feels continuous hair fall and white patches.
    even my other body parts also get effected. continuous itching is there even blood also appears after scratching effected parts.
    when i am taking medication then some improvement is there but when i stops medication , condition again become worst .
    i am ow taking homeopathy treatment but i am not getting much improvement in my lasens.
    please suggest may i go to aayurvedic treatments and tell is psoriasis is curable or not ,doctor tell me not to use oil in hail is it right.

  • hi frnz,,, my name is ashish, i was suffering from psoriasis from last 11 years..i reated by many doctor but result was zero 0.. doctor said , “it will not cure completely” i was disappointed.. but i knew that there is one doctor who can do every impossible things possible… his name is JESUS CHRIST.. seriously he really luvs us.. its my real testimony… i got relief only in 15 days… only after pray to my jesus christ… he is great ,almighty, powerfull.. he can do everything for u… if u trust on him with all your heart.. if u lost and hopeless …dnt afraid..HE is always there for you.. just kneel down n ask him for your disease n surely he will cure u .. trust me. he loves u .. and he will wipe out all your tears.. may God bless u … :)

  • I use tea tree oil on my scalp psoriasis it seems to help though it takes awhile. It is fairly inexpensive to use.

  • Hi I have had scalp psoriasis for a couple of years now and it has caused me to lose my hair. My hair is really thin and I’m only 15. I have medication I use and a shower cap. I’m wondering if my hair will grow back after the psoriasis is gone or if it’s gone for good and what shampoos to use like sensel blue or head and shoulders. Help please. And what can I do to ensure that my hair doesn’t fall out more while recovering, and using the medication

  • I’m 42 years old, I found out I had psoriasis on the scalp this last year. I went to my doctor and she told me to buy this tar gel shampoo. Its working as long as I keep using it. It started drying my hair out, so I quit using it. My psoriasis came back. So I had to go back to using it and I am using conditioner and a leave-n-oil after I take a shower. Do I have to do this the rest of my life??? Now come to find out, I have a bald spot on my scalp. I wouldnt have known if my kids wouldnt have pointed it out to me. I feel so ugly and disgusted. I used to have thick pretty hair. What do I do? Will my hair grow back to the way it was? I know it was from itching all the time but I quit. Since I quit itching, do you think it will grow back? Im scared, please help.

  • Hi, I’m Von.

    I think my hair has stopped from growing. And now I’m having hair loss. I just wanna ask if there’s still a possibility that my hair could grow again? And what can I do to treat hair loss ? Is it appropriate to treat hair loss while I’m treating my psoriasis?

  • hi everyone. i’m joy 18 years old. and i’m a dentistry student. i discovered my P before turning 18 and it was really depressing. until now i keep on crying whenever i remember i have a P. and i’m now a flawless queen no more. i use to join pageants and i may say i got some looks and now my confidence is messed up but anyway i’m not loosing my hope that someday someone will discover the cure for this. now i don’t get many P on my body and i think they are gone? for the mean time. my only concern is that my hair is getting thinner now, i don’t know if it’s the result of coloring my hair or what but it’s really depressing please help

  • respected sir/mam
    i shaved my head due to hair fall and dandruff then what should i do for incresing more hair volume on head as since 3 year i am suffering from hair fall otherwise before that i had a good hair volume and my fathar also has a good hair volume and i have no disese. so plz tell me what should i do to convert my thin hair into thick hair

  • Hi my name is Charlotte and I am 14 years I have had psoriasis all my life. It has been difficult for me and my family. I really want to get rid of this and be like everyone els, it has been very annoying when you wan to got to a sleep over and having no one to touch your hair because it with show or change your clothes. I have it on my head and I hate it. I need help to get rid of it do you have any ideas because I need some thanks for reading

  • I have had psoriasis for at least 20years. It’s on my shoulders, neck, scalp, armpits, groin, stomach, rear end and upper legs.
    Topical steroids do not work any more so I just use vaseline on
    my body and talcum powder on top of the vaseline. My scalp
    is covered with scales and my hair is starting to fall out in gobs.
    The dermatologist recently prescribed DermaZinc compounded
    which seems to work somewhat but not enough. I tried laser treatments of the scalp – didn’t work. I got 32 cortisone shots in the scalp – didn’t work. Is it time for me to try one of the biologicals? PS every time the weather changes I get another flareup which drives me crazy with the itching. I take Benedryl
    in order to sleep and it definitely helps.

  • Hi my daughter just turned 17 and she has just started having sistoms of Psariasis and I don’t know what to do. It first started out with little blotich on her skin and now it is in her hair. Her hair is so bad that she is now lossing hair bad. I can’t get her to the Dermitligest until May of 2013 but I need to know what to do to help her now. Can you please let me know what is out their to treat her with her head problem.

  • Hi, I am a 16 year old boy and I have had scalp psoriasis for about a year and a half now. I have always had really fine hair but now since it has been getting worse it has been getting very thin and hair loss in parts. I am very depressed from this and I would like to know if it will ever grow back. Thank you.

  • Hi all: as a reminder, hair loss is a common problem experienced by those with scalp psoriasis. Often this hair loss is the result of damage to the hair shaft or hair follicles and not a result of the psoriasis itself. This damage can occur from rubbing, scratching or excessive combing, and from harsh chemicals and medications.

    Normal hair growth will usually return once these irritants have been reduced or discontinued. To learn more about treatments for scalp psoriasis, please visit: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp.

    To start on a treatment plan that’s appropriate for your case of psoriasis, visit with your health care provider.

  • Hi,
    My name is breanna and I am 14 yrs old
    I received hair psoriasis when I was 13 last year
    I didn’t know at first. I had extremely long hair and the next you know it was barely past my shoulders . I found out that I had scalp psoriasis. Now my hair is growing back and becoming more healthier.
    I put t- gel shampoo in my hair and its works super fast and gets rid of most of the psoriasis on the first day!!!
    After that I also put morracan , also known as Arran oil in my hair and rub it in. You should not put olive oil in you hair if you have scalp psoriasis , I found out the hard way.

    T-gel and argon/ Moroccan oil can be found at Walmart and target too

  • i’m 19 years old.thin scales are forming on my scalp for two years.
    whenever i scratch on that scales it goes and after 2 days it will come back again.please help me to find a solution
    before 2 years mu hair was very strong but due to this thin scales my hair has been shedding too fast.please help me.

    sincerely,
    sai teja

  • Hi there Sai, a health care provider can help you to develop a treatment plan to get your scalp psoriasis under control. We have a wealth of information about treating scalp psoriasis on our website: http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp. Please feel free to email us at education@psoriasis.org if you need anything further!

  • Just got back after seeing a top dermatologist in Australia.

    He said my scalp psoriasis is due to an irritation after my hairdresser scratched my neck with her scissors. I also gained weight around the same time which obviously affected my immune system. Previously, my psoriasis was dormant as it is genetic.

    I have one fingernail that is pitted.

    He advices me to:
    - Go on a gluten free diet and avoid tomatoes.
    - Go on a fast for one day a week.
    - Use one cap of pure coal tar (prescribed) and mix with shampoo (natural ingredients/no sulfate) then wash it out and use conditioner (natural ingredients/no sulfate) and wash out and towel dry. Then apply pure coconut oil to the whole head and wash it off in the morning.
    - He gave me an oral prescription (zinnat tablets) for 10 days.

    Hope this helps!

    Lucy
    xx

  • First of all i suggest all of those suffering from scalp psoriasis or psoriasis on body….never ever yes never ever use any type of steroids (highly restricted) as it makes the condition worst….Second never try to use allopathy medicines n treatment these can b effective temporary….I got psoriasis in 2010 on my scalp first, after that in 2011 winters (October) it appeared on my chest, back, thighs n on legs too….after that i use some AYURVEDIC medicines…trust me after consuming n applying ayurvedic creams psoriasis disappeared from my body (chest, legs….) by Jan 2011….yaa it just left light brown circles where psoriasis appeared….2012 passed n psoriasis didn’t appeared back by god grace….but yaa m still struggling with psoriasis on my scalp it needs a proper ayurvedic treatment like (bowel cleaning n all)…..u can mail me (vickyanu01@yahoo.in) and ask if u want to ask anything but i don’t provide any medicine/treatment….just will share how the things gone with me….now remember these points:-

    1. Never use any type of steroids even if doctor suggests you.
    2. Stop consuming meat, fish (non-veg) food, spicy food, alcohol and everything containing acetic acids (lemon/coldrinks)
    3. Try not to itch your skin.
    4. You can consume curb but in form of buttermilk.
    5. Most important try to reduce stress level by doing yoga n meditation.

    Share knowledge, experience n help others. God help us. :)

  • i m 30 years guy and have psoriasis almost a year and half. 1st a single red patch showed up on by belly side, i didnt count it at all. then when it was not curing, i went to doctor. he 1st told he that i have the psosiasis symptoms. he gave me an ointment what cured my 1st patch but later, i had some on my back. after applying ointment to them, it was like a blast. its still a nightmare to me how about 60% of my body affected in 3 days. i generally visited many doctors, took different medications but one thing i got that my 1st doctor said ‘its a part of you now and you have to cure by being a part of it’.
    my symptoms are mild though i m still taking medications. need to go through some tests in months to continue medication but i m taking it. i left medicine 1 time and then the disaster almost occurred. i m taking medicine since then but i cant just stand off use any storid ointments. it works great at 1st but triggers patches and pimples usually on face and chest.
    my scalp got psoriasis a litter after my body. but that part is most horrible. mostly ichy and dandraff. i was called gifted with nice hair and scalp but after the outbreak, the gift became a curse. i have already lost too much hair and still loosing. though in conscious mind i always avoid even touching scalp. though i have some medication for my hair and those worked great and cured me, but that didnt last long. now i use a ointment on my scalp 2/3 times a week after shampooing, i have just mild symptoms but the problem is the itchiness, it often get out of control.
    now a days i m living a planned life what is still the 8th wonder to my people :) . what to do, safety 1st. i was planning to go through another treatment such as homeo or aurvedik but couldnt make my mind. and as far i know, to much treatment for psoriasis is a threat to liver, so i m just confused. hope to be cured someday. god bless.

  • im from kashmir and im 23+..im suffering from psoriasis from 2005 but it affected my scalp last year and i lost almost half of my hair…i applied olive oil and its now under control but hairfall is still same….my hair strands have some white dandruff like attached at the root and now even olive is not working… please tell me what is this white dandruff like and what should i do to stop hairfall…..im very much disturbed n depressed…

  • give me some treatment for body psoriasis as well… Thankyou

  • the only thing that i have had in the past to cure my psoriasis was a few yrs ago it was a compound called psorcon

  • I was having scalp psoriasis which was not known to me for past 2 years (assuming to be severe case of dandruff).I happen to visit a reputed trichology centre in india for getting rid of dandruff and severe hairfall.I underwent many sitting and spent almost 50000/- for the treatment but nothing worked.So I finally met a reputed Dermatologist from whom i came to know that i am suffering from scalp psoriasis.He prescirbed me a lotion and medicated shapoo which worked wonders for my scalp.Later he asked me use SCALPE Shampoo(Ketoconazole IP 2%,Zinc pyrithione(ZPTO) 1%,base qs) which was really good(althought the hairfall continued but my scalp was clean and shining with no irritation).I then confronted with that trichologist who inturn adivsed me to discontinue the shampoo as it wil affect hair follicle.they advice me to continue with their own prescribed herbal shampoo and usage of this has created the same problem again.Kindly please confirm if SCALPE Shampoo is indeep safe and will not affect the hair follicle, so that i can continue with the same.Also Please let me know if i could take legal action on Trichology centre for giving me wrong treatment without analysing my scalp properly.

  • Hi im urooj here I have skin disease psoriasis goin to initial stage since 4 yrs im just 24years old im depressd about my skin specially my hair fall out please tel me if coconut hair oil that are better for me can i used condisionr?? I’m under treatment bt im not satisfied abt my docter im belong small town there are no consultant dr.

  • hi, i am suffering from scalp psoriasis.. i myself not aware of that problem.. for past many years i was suffering . but just few months back only i came to know through biopsy test.. the thing y my psoriasis was in control means for these years is.. i used to bath in salt water.. now i shifted to another place and there is normal water to take bath.. and more the area which i am staying now is city, much polluted area.. and i am addicted to smoking.. So, to stop the symptoms of psoriasis, we should quit smoking and always be tension free.. if possible try to bath in hot salt water.. now i am in severe depression.. i am undergoing herbal treatment and practising meditations.. I request all psoriasis patients to do meditation and yoga and relax the mind.. it will control it and free our depressed mind.. Let Baba bless us and make us to free from this disease,, i believe it is due to the sin of last birth… we should fight against it in this birth with more courage and confidence..

  • My hair around my hairline and edges has broken off and fell out due to my psorisis ( i am african American), I have been trying for a very long time to grow my hair back, do you have any suggestions for me to re grow my hair?

  • Hello Rohan: since Scalpe Shampoo is not a product available here in the United States, I encourage you to contact the Psoriasis Society of India (PSI) for information and resources more specific to your question: http://psorindia.org/psoriasis.html.

  • Hello Safiya: for more information about managing scalp psoriasis, check out this fact sheet: http://www.psoriasis.org/document.doc?id=2770. You can read more about topicals, phototherapy, and systemic medications for psoriasis on the National Psoriasis Foundation website: http://www.psoriasis.org/treatment.

  • Hi S.: Hair loss related to psoriasis and its treatments is almost always temporary. Unfortunately, hair may no longer grow if the hair follicles have been damaged. It’s unclear whether you have sustained this type of damage to your follicles, but there are a number of treatments and remedies designed to repair damage. A hair salon or spa may be able to provide you with more information about these treatments.
    To learn more about treating scalp psoriasis, please visit: http://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/specific-locations/scalp.

  • Hello Urooj: coconut oil is a popular emollient for many people with psoriasis. It can soften and soothe the skin, and reduce redness and irritation. You can read more about OTC psoriasis treatments here: https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis/treatments/topicals/over-the-counter.


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