Is Hair Scalp Psoriasis The Same As Skin Psoriasis?
Hair scalp psoriasis is the same as skin psoriasis, it just occurs on the scalp.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that is non-contagious and can occur anywhere on the body. It causes irritation and reddening of the skin and it is usually accompanied by white patchy flakes of skin called scales. In a normal process, skin cells grow deep down in skin tissue and then come up through the surface of the skin after about a month.
With psoriasis, the process occurs too quickly, causing a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. White blood cells attack the build-up, causing redness and inflammation.
What causes the process of dead skin cells piling up on the surface of the skin is unknown. There are certain things that can cause the condition to worsen or trigger attacks of psoriasis, however. One trigger is exposure to dry air; having dry skin is another trigger. Injuries to the skin, such as insect bites, cuts and burns can also cause a flare-up. Some medications are triggers for outbreaks as well; these medicines include beta-blockers and lithium. Too much sun and too little sun are also triggers. Alcohol and stress also seem to cause flare-ups.
Although scientists have not discovered the underlying physiological trigger for psoriasis, heredity seems to play a role in determining who will get it. In addition, people with a weak or compromised immune system are most susceptible. This includes people with AIDS, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and people with autoimmune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms vary. Most people experience patches of red and flaky skin. These patches typically occur on the knees, the elbows and the torso. They can occur anywhere on the body. Sometimes the patches are covered with silvery skin and the patches may be thick and raised. Genital lesions often occur in men. It can also be seen in finger and toenails, which can become thickened and yellow in addition to appearing dented. In some cases of psoriasis, white blisters or pustules can occur.
On the scalp and hair, typical symptoms range from flaking, scales, inflammation and redness to tenderness, sores and severe itchiness.
Hair scalp psoriasis is often mistaken for dandruff. It is easiest to diagnose if you have psoriasis elsewhere on your body. Psoriasis of the hair scalp causes silvery white patches of skin, whereas dandruff flakes are white and powdery. Psoriasis of the hair scalp is more difficult to treat than psoriasis on other parts of the body because it is difficult to apply medications on the scalp through the hair. You have to be careful when treating hair scalp psoriasis because although you want to remove as much of the scaly skin as possible to apply medication, irritating the patches can cause more patches to occur.There are many different treatments for psoriasis, although there is no cure for it. Topical treatments consist of creams and ointments that contain cortisone, coal tar, or anthrolin. These topical creams and ointments are applied directly on the patches of psoriasis. Moisturizers can help skin psoriasis, as can dandruff shampoos for hair scalp psoriasis.
There are also several medications that can be taken orally to help suppress the immune system’s response to the build-up of skin cells. Phototherapy can be used to treat the condition. This is done by exposing the skin to ultraviolet light; this is sometimes done after taking a drug that makes the skin more sensitive to light. The exposure of the skin to ultraviolet light slows down the growth of skin cells, which helps to prevent a build-up from occurring.
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