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Does Psoriasis of the Scalp Cause Dandruff?
Can I treat it the same way as one would treat dry scalp?
3 Doctor Answers | Asked by Eva S in Seattle, WA
Scalp psoriasis can often look to the untrained eye to be dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, but it is typically more red, thicker more silver scale, and similarly itchy. Shampoos containing salicylic acid, tar or steroids are particularly helpful; these can also help dandruff and seborrhoea, and anti-fungal shampoos are helpful for dandruff but not psoriasis. Typically scalp psoriasis is more stubborn and difficult to treat and should be assessed by a dermatologist.
Psoriasis in the Scalp Can Cause Dandruff
Dandruff basically refers to the condition where the skin of the scalp is flaky (scaling). There are different skin conditions that can cause flaking (dandruff) of the scalp including psoriasis, but more commonly, a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. Typically these conditions are all inflammatory (but benign) in nature and can be treated with different types of shampoos, oils, foams, ointments and so forth. I recommend you consult with a board-certified dermatologist for...
Psoriasis and dandruff
Dandruff is a general term for scalp scaling. Psoriasis is one major cause of scalp scaling. The most common cause of scalp scaling is seborrheic dermatitis. Dry scalp, atopic dermatitis, fungal infections, among other conditions can also cause scalp scaling. If your condition is very bothersome, you ought to consider consultation with a dermatologist to get an accurate diagnosis to help guide treatment. If you are in search of a good dermatologist, try logging on to the American...