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Treating scalp

February 4, 2013 — 11:13pm

I spent a long time trying to figure out how to treat my severe scalp psoriasis. Here is what finally worked for me: 1) I went to a top-of-the-line dermatologist. It cost me extra money in the short run (top derms in my city don’t take insurance) but it was SO worth it. It was a completely different experience. First of all, he was confident we could get it under control (my previous derm had basically said: you’ll just have to deal with this) and second, he was brutally honest about what the meds would do and what I would need to do (for example, exercise at least 5 hours per week). 2) I enrolled in a mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) meditation class. Google it to see if there is one in your area. Or, you can pick up the book and CDs by Jon Kabat-Zinn. 3) Per my derm’s suggestion, I did increase my exercise. 4) I tried eliminating certain foods (and did for a while) but in the end did not think these proved to be triggers. 5) I began taking yoga classes and practicing 1-2 times per week. 6) I used the meds prescribed by my derm but only for a short time, long enough to get it under control (I used Dermasmooth and Taclonex). 7) After getting it under control with the meds, I started using Head and Shoulders for dry scalp as my regular shampoo. I don’t know which things had the most impact but I can say that it is 90% gone now and I am so grateful. Thanks to everyone who posted tips here. I learned a lot from all of you.

Comments

  • Need tips and help foe psoriasis of the scalp. Have tried laser. Made it worse. Thank you. Help!

  • Have tried everything. Even the very expensive laser treatments. Now it is even worse, after laser. Have had this for 25 years. can use some help. this is scalp. Has started getting worse after I quit laser treatments. Started getting it ln my legs after that. All I do now, is pray about it. take pills for the itch.

  • I have a lot of psoriasis and it over 25 year. I still couldn’t find any cure. Any one out there have any ideas? thank you!

    T

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