Psoriasis, Dandruff & Eczema
At some point in their lives, everyone has, or will, suffer with a dry scalp problem. Dry, flaky scalps can be embarrassing, particularly when the hair is dark, as loose flakes sit on our clothes or shoulders. Scalp problems can be down to poor health, low immune system, an unbalanced diet, reaction to hair products, habitual scratching, hormonal changes or even hereditary factors.
Psoriasis is a condition that can be related with arthritis, and show signs on the scalp and body. It can only be kept under control as there is no cure as yet. The NHSC can recommend specific shampoos manufactured for psoriasis to help slow down the skin cell’s production and offer soothing treatments in the form of electrotherapy in our trichology clinic.
Psoriasis can appear as thick, silvery scales on clearly marginated pink or red plaques of skin. It will bleed and weep if it is attempted to be removed incorrectly (scratching) due to an insufficient ability for the skin to normally undergo the usual process of renewal. The period of time for normal skin rejuvenation takes approximately four weeks, yet in psoriasis it is accelerated by four to five times, making the skin turnover for sufferers of the condition one week, which is one reason for the heavy build up of scales.
Dandruff is clinically recognised by small, white, loose flakes that are easily shed onto our shoulders. The scales resurface within a few days of removing them; regular shampooing with an appropriate shampoo will help keep them at bay.
Pityriasis amiantacea is associated to asbestos-like scales; sticky, heavy mounds that stick to the hair firmly that make everyday styling very difficult. If these mounds are removed inappropriately they can take with them divots of hair and leave a small bald patch on the scalp; the NHSC can assist in treatment to help alleviate symptoms of this condition.
Seborrhoeic eczema is found on the scalp and body. Yellowy, moist, white scales that are often present with crusting and redness to the head that can be exacerbated due to the natural yeast found on our scalps or aggravated by certain products. Ointments can be applied in the clinic to remove the scales and home use of recommended products is required to keep the condition at bay.
The scalp can also suffer with many other conditions such as infestations, excessive greasiness, (seborrhoea), acne necrotica millaris, folliculitis, sebaceous cysts, neurodermatitis, and auto immune disorders such as lichen planus or lupus erythematosus.
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