What is Scalp Psoriasis?

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Scalp Psoriasis is a skin and scalp condition very similar to Seborrheic Dermatitis. I mentioned the two conditions in a previous article, but now let's elaborate more on these conditions.

Scalp Psoriasis

Scalp Psoriasis is a condition where the skin cells grow too quickly on the scalp and causes itchiness, flakiness of the scalp, and red bumps and irritation. The dry flakiness caused by scalp psoriasis looks white and bit powdery.

People who suffer from Scalp Psoriasis may very well also have Psoriasis on other parts of their bodies such as on the legs, behind the knees and elbows, and on the neck.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic Dermatitis symptoms are much the same as Scalp Psoriasis. The difference is where Scalp Psoriasis tends to be a dry and crusty flakiness, Seborrheic Dermatitis tends to cause your scalp to be greasy with yellow and/or white scales.

Available Over the Counter Treatments for Both Scalp Conditions

*As always, consult your doctor if you believe your conditions are of concern and read the warning labels on products before use.

Common OTC treatments are:
  • Pyrithione Zinc (Head & Shoulders)
  • Selenium Sulfide (Selsun Blue)
  • Salicylic Acid (Denorex, Ionil)
  • Ketoconazole (Nizoral Ad)
  • Tar (Neutrogena T-Gel)
  • Sulfur & Salicylic Acid Combination (Meted)
For more interesting information, consider reading posts busting the myths of Toppik scalp irritation and Toppik scalp cancer.

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