Managing psoriasis on your scalp

Symptoms and precautionary measures

In addition to the scalp itself, scalp psoriasis can also affect the ears, the area above and behind the ears, the earlobes, the nape of the neck, the forehead and hairline.

Caring for your hair

It’s important to treat your scalp very gently if plaques are present. Try to avoid scratching the plaques. Wash and dry your hair gently. If you use a hair dryer you should use the cool or very low heat setting and hold it at least 30 cm. away from your head.

Remember to thoroughly dry behind your ears and both sides of the earlobes.

Any brushing or combing of the hair should be done particularly gently to avoid worsening your symptoms. Use a hairbrush with soft, natural bristles rather than a hard plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.

Use a hairbrush with natural bristles rather than a plastic brush, and avoid using rollers and curlers which can pull the hair and dry the scalp.


Consider your hairstyle

You may also want to consider what kind of hairstyle is practical. A short haircut could be more comfortable and practical if you have severe plaques on your scalp.

It may also be best to avoid styles that place tension on the hair, such as back combing or putting it up too tightly. If you are suffering from a flare-up on the scalp, you may want to put off perming or dying your hair until the plaques have healed. And always tell your hairdresser to treat your scalp gently.

Talk to your doctor

These simple approaches can be a great help. In addition, your doctor can best advise you on how to care for your scalp and the different treatment options for the condition.
Your doctor can also help you with any general concerns about using hair styling products while you are also using a prescription treatment.

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