Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition which usually affects the skin and scalp. In scalp psoriasis, one may experience dryness and itching of the scalp in the initial stage. Itching is usually accompanied by scales or flakes of the affected skin. Many times, itching becomes irritating and awkward. Most often, mild to moderate scalp psoriasis is misdiagnosed and treated as dandruff. However, the scalp psoriasis is characterized by red shiny raised circular patches on the scalp or on the margins of hair. It can also spread to your back of the neck, forehead, and even behind the ears in severe cases. Sometimes, the itching and sufferings are unbearable. The scalp may also bleed on scratching. There may be superadded fungal or bacterial infections if psoriasis is severe. It may spread to other parts of the body as well.
Conventional psoriasis treatment suggests medicated shampoos containing coal tar or salicylic acid to control scalp psoriasis in the early stages. If it is not controlled with shampoos, the topical or oral medications, such as psoralen, corticosteroids, methotrexate or cyclosporin, are used depending on the stage and spread of the disease.
Scalp psoriasis responds very well to homeopathy. When homeopathic medicines are given under expert guidance for the treatment of scalp psoriasis, the scalp redness reduces as well as the itching and scaling reduce gradually. The recurrence is brought under good control.
Some home remedies are also quite useful when it comes to psoriasis treatment. These home remedies might not be the only treatment, but it can speed up the recovery process when followed along with proper medications and can help in curing the scalp psoriasis. Check out the following home remedies for the treatment of scalp psoriasis:
Moisturize The Scalp And Avoid Dryness:
Moisturizing the scalp is one of the effective home remedies for scalp psoriasis.
Massage your scalp with oil twice or thrice a week before going to the bed, let the oil stay overnight, and then wash it off in the morning using a shampoo. Use olive oil, coconut oil, or vitamin E oil on the scalp to prevent it from becoming too dry. The use of oil can also make the lesions less itchy.
Some patients get severe discomfort by using hair oil, so you need to choose suitable hair oil.
- Apply Glycerin or Aloe Vera to the scalp and let it stay for about 45 minutes. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo. It may reduce redness, scaling, itching, and inflammation.
- Wrap a hot, moist towel around your head, in a turban-style and keep it for about 20 minutes. It helps moisturize your scalp that can minimize the irritation due to scalp psoriasis.
Take Regular Head Bath:
The regular head bath can help in controlling scaling and itching.
Use Properly Selected Shampoo:
Often, dull, lifeless hair and a flaky scalp are the results of over-shampooing. Use a mild shampoo to avoid the irritation of the lesions of scalp psoriasis. In the case of scalp psoriasis, using suitable shampoo is very necessary. Tar shampoo and anti-dandruff shampoo are quite useful, and you can use them in association with other medications.
Get Early Morning Sun Exposure:
In the case of scalp psoriasis, exposure to the morning sunlight (7 am to 9 am) for at least 30 minutes is helpful in reducing psoriatic lesions as it is a rich source of vitamin D. After this morning time, the sun rays can get harsh and harmful to skin and scalp.
Reducing stress along with proper medications might help in reducing the relapse of scalp psoriasis. Try following various stress-reducing practices, such as meditation techniques and yoga, regularly.
Eat Healthy Diet:
Following a nutritious diet is one of the effective cures for scalp psoriasis.
- Avoid alcohol and smoking, as it can trigger the relapse of scalp
- Diet rich in Omega 3 fatty acid and fish oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help in controlling scalp psoriasis.
- A diet high in fruits and vegetables can also have an anti-inflammatory effect.
- Avoid eating fried foods and foods containing processed sugar and artificial preservatives.
- Also, eliminating gluten from the diet helps reduce scalp psoriasis symptoms and discomfort.
Stay Away From Psoriasis Triggers:
Try to figure out what exactly triggers or worsens the symptoms of psoriasis, and follow proper steps to avoid them. Smoking, intense sun exposure, infections, skin injuries, and stress are some of the common triggers that can worsen the symptoms of psoriasis. So, try avoiding these psoriasis triggers.
Scalp psoriasis is unpredictable and goes through the cycles of remission and relapse, but with proper treatment and lifestyle changes, the frequency of the relapse can be reduced and long remission period can be achieved.
Are you looking for treatment for scalp psoriasis? Then get in touch with us to know about how Dr. Rajesh Shah’s research based homeopathic treatment for psoriasis at LifeForce can help you. You can give us a call at +91-22-66888888 or drop in an email at email@example.com or read more here.
– Written by Dr. Aparna, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah