Psoriasis is perhaps one of the more common skin conditions out there. It is also one of the more irritating. On this page I want to take a brief little look at what Psoriasis is all about, what causes it, as well as a few of the symptoms that you should be on the lookout for if you believe that you are suffering from the condition.
It is worth noting that there are multiple different ‘types’ of Psoriasis. Whilst they tend to have the same symptoms and root cause, it is without a doubt the ‘scalp’ version of Psoriasis which is the most common. Psoriasis in general can appear almost anywhere on your body. Away from scalp psoriasis the most common locations for it to occur are behind the ears and on the back of your neck. In rare cases the condition may present itself on the arms and the elbows. For now though, I am going to be taking a little look at scalp psoriasis.
So, What is Scalp Psoriasis?
Well, it is an inflammatory disease. Nobody knows the exact reason as to why scalp psoriasis occurs but it is believed to be down to a defect in the immune system. The disease is characterized by large red and scaly bumps appearing on the scalp. They may not be there all of the time. In fact, it is very rare for somebody to be constantly exhibiting the symptoms of psoriasis. Those that suffer from the condition will find that they have periods where no patches will appear on their scalp at all. It will always return though and sadly this is one of the conditions which can’t be treated. It can only be managed.
Why Does Psoriasis Affect You?
Despite scalp psoriasis being a common condition nobody has been able to work out what actually causes it. As I have mentioned already, it is generally believed to be down to a defect in the immune system. It is believed that this defect causes some skin cells to grow fairly quickly in certain locations. Due to them growing quite quickly they form a ‘pack’ of sorts. This pack turns into quite a large bump. The scales which often occur as a result of scalp psoriasis are basically dead skin cells. It is believed that the problem with the immune system is genetic. It is therefore more likely that somebody will suffer from psoriasis if somebody in their immediate family suffers from it. There does seem to be some sort of evidence that stress can be a contributing factor towards the illness. However, it is worth noting that studies are still ongoing into this. It is likely that the increased stress factor from suffering from the condition makes it worse as opposed to being a direct cause of scalp psoriasis.
The Most Common Scalp Psoriasis Symptoms and Signs
This condition can be anything from so mild that it is nigh on unnoticeable all the way through to incredibly severe. This could of course have a detrimental impact on the self-confidence of somebody. I now want to take a little look at the various scalp psoriasis symptoms and signs. Please note that not all of these will be present. In fact, most people will only ever have one or two of these symptoms:
- Dry scalp: This is perhaps one of the more common symptoms related to scalp psoriasis. Almost everybody that suffers from the condition will have this to some degree. It is often accompanied with flaking of the skin. This is quite often mistaken for dandruff. Most people at this point will use some sort of ‘anti-dandruff’ shampoo as they spot none of the other scalp psoriasis symptoms. This is all well and good, but if your condition does not clear up within a couple of weeks then you should try home remedies for scalp psoriasis and/or visit your doctor.
- Hair loss: This is another ‘common symptom’ of psoriasis. This symptom tends to occur more in men than women. It is worth noting that this is not permanent hair loss. Once the condition has been brought under control the hair will grow back.
- The scalp may have a burning sensation or be incredibly sore to the touch. This is a scalp psoriasis symptom which normally only occurs with the more serious flare-ups.
- If you have a scalp which itches quite a lot then this is a massive indicator that you may be suffering from scalp psoriasis. Like every other symptom on the list this is something which will come and grow. You may have many months without a single itch on that head. When it comes back though it will be quite severe!
- The ‘main’ symptoms of psoriasis are ‘plaques’ on the skin. Think of these as ‘small bumps’. Most of the time they are not noticeable. They can come in a variety of different colors. The most common ones are reddish bumps. These tend to be quite sore and give off a burning sensation. It is the ‘white’ scales which often leads to the ‘dandruff’ symptoms and the itchiness. It is likely that you will have both of them on your scalp.
If you believe that you have scalp psoriasis then you will need to get in touch with your doctor. Whilst there are various treatments available over the counter for you to purchase, it is important to know whether you are suffering from psoriasis first or not. There are one or two other conditions that it could possibly be. Now, neither of these conditions is that serious, however, it is important that you get the right treatment for your condition. This way you can be sure that you are going to be able to keep it under control. When you visit the doctor they should be able to give you the diagnosis pretty quickly, particularly if you have the symptoms of psoriasis on other parts of your body.
This is just a very brief guide to scalp psoriasis. Hopefully it has given you the information that you needed. Remember, if you believe that you are suffering from the condition then it is important that you seek help as soon as you can. The sooner you receive help the easier it will be to control!
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