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    A common condition affecting the scalp, resulting in small flakes of dead skin sitting in the hair and on the shoulders. Read more →

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    Scalp Psoriasis

    Psoriasis affects around 3% of the UK’s population and involves the speeding up of the bodies usual mechanism for replacing skin. Read more →

    Any advise on severe scalp psoriasis, I suffered with dry and flaky scalp with red patches all over my scalp. Please help...





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    Alposyl shampoo and e45 shampoo are a starting point. Apply to wet hair and soak for several minutes which will soften up any flakes and aid removal when the scalp is rinsed. Seek a GP. They can prescribe you with exorex lotion which can be applied to scalp. This slows down the rate of skin cell production and eases itching. If this doesn't ease the scalp psoriasis your GP on your second visit may refer you to a dermatologist who will have the ability to prescribe various stronger treatments including UVB phototherapy and topical steroid creams with salicylic acid (the steroid clears the psoriasis and the salicylic avid breaks down the flakes). If the above has no effect then your dermatologist may recommend biological treatments or drugs that dampen the immune system to stop the psoriasis patches releasing chemicals causing inflammation. These are usually reserved for the most stubborn and extreme cases. Hot weather will make your scalp psoriasis a lot more itchy. Shorter hair may help keep scalp cooler and will help with applying topical treatments. Olive oil, glycerin, are good to moisten the scalp which shall reduce itching amd help remove flakes. Even better if you soak it in your hair overnight. Most treatments that are available on shelves in stores will not really help with reducing the red appearance. This will require the help of your doctor or dermatologist.

    Hi, I'm a 18 year old male and I have a problem with my scalp and around my eyes which involves a lot of dry, flaky skin, sometimes It can get really thick, it gets really itchy and always flakes on a day to day basis also it is really visible on my scalp and can sometimes get scabby. i have tried using special shampoos and weaker strength ones but still no change, any ideas?





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    Hi, I'm a 18 year old male and I have a problem with my scalp and around my eyes which involves a lot of dry, flaky skin, sometimes It can get really thick, it gets really itchy and always flakes on a day to day basis also it is really visible on my scalp and can sometimes get scabby. i have tried using special shampoos and weaker strength ones but still no change, any ideas?





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    view 27/may/2013, m ,response to Claire..,

    Hi there, for the past few months ive had a very dry, flaky scalp. It itches and burns i find myself messing with it and have had hair that has been falling out. My scalp has become very scabby and ive never had any issues with dandruff before, no nits. Ive been using t-gel and have been washing my hair less, which helps a little bit, but its really getting me down!





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    Ive been using T_Gel shampoo and have found it to be very effective. I wash my hair every day as it is usually a mess in the morning, for the first month or so I used T-Gel every morning and it cleared my scalp psoriasis. I now also use ordinary shampoo some days, but feel T-Gel really helped.

    Hi there, for the past few months ive had a very dry, flaky scalp. It itches and burns i find myself messing with it and have had hair that has been falling out. My scalp has become very scabby and ive never had any issues with dandruff before, no nits. Ive been using t-gel and have been washing my hair less, which helps a little bit, but its really getting me down!





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    I have an extremly flakiy scalp that regularly scabs over. Its very irritated and red and is very itchy. I also have very dry flaky skin on my face so i think they may be connected? I have tried moisturiser and medicated shampoo but up to now i can find no solution.





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    Hi, I'm a 34 year old female. I had Shingles on my face a year ago while I was pregnant and gave birth 5 months ago, but the itching on my face is still driving me mad. The skin is dry, flaky and itching every day, I've tried aqueous cream, a steroid cream, vasaline, moisturisers, exfoliating, but nothing seems to work, in fact everything I put on it seems to make it itch even more, I no longer use soap on my face, but even that hasn't made a difference, it's also on my scalp too and has been since the Shingles, it's so bad on my scalp that I'm starting to have very thin hair around the hairline, please can someone help or suggest something because this is getting my down so much now that I keep crying over it.





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    I started having pain on my scalp 3 years ago and my hair hurts so much on some areas. I'm now 30years of age. I have had Biopsy done but nothing was found. I got steroid injections to reduce the sensitivity on the scalp but this didn't work. Its a big patch now and have to wear a wig. My scalp is so painful on the bald area and it feels like my own hair is piercing me on touching. It sometimes feel sore like I hve had a scalding on the scalp. I don't know wht to do, Please help.





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    i have the same problem, im losing my hair at the front of my head and my hair is so sort, it is horrible to come and i try not to. Ive been to my doctor and they have been useless. I cant help but just wanted you to know that you are not alone.

    I'm suffering from a very itchy scalp (small red lumps), and this is causing me to scratch my scalp and pull out the scabs. I have tried everything over the counter and have even been to see my doctor but she said it isn't scalp posariasis and was unable to diagnose my problem. This has been on-going for about 4 years now and is increasingly getting worse.





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    Hi, i've suffered with psoriasis since i was about 5 years old, however about 2 years ago it became itchy. My doctor put me on to a shampoo called 'polytar liquid' that delt with the itchiness. The product is not specifically for psoriasis but for ithcy, dry scalps so it may help. Your able to buy in supermarkets or at the chemist with out the need for a prescription, i hope this has helped

    I would ask to see a dermatologist as scalp psoriasis can look like little red pustules as well as flaky white patches. I have scalp psoriasis and use something called betnovate which works but thecondition never disappears for long unfortunately. Anyway get your gp to refer you to see a specialist.

    I am a 19 year old male my symptoms for nearly the past year is that i have hair loss and hair thinning but it is accompanied by a daily itch on my scalp especially on the top of my scalp and sometime it intensifies so much causes me to feel very depressed and whenever i try to relive the itch it pains. Also when my scalp is itching my scalp appears red ton the whole top of my scalp. i have been to my doctor, a dermotologist and a qualified tricologist at the institute of tricology and they all say different things to me. my dermotologist say's i have folliculitus and androgennic Alopecia but the ticologist say's that i do NOT have male pattern baldness as i am also have thinning and hair loss on the sides of my scalp and on the back but says that i have telegon effluviam. This is all well an said but they don't seem to deal with the scalp pain and tenderness that i am going through. On another note whenever there an itch there is hair loss as well, i also seem to be losing hair from my eye brows and eye lashes and my eyes seem to always itch and sting whenever i try touch them after i have touched my hair. I have also been told that my hair seems to look very crimpled as well whereby it looks unhealthy and that some hair are easily broken if thats any help. on another note when looking at my hair strands as one does when being worried about hair loss my hair is noticibly thinner near the root tip then the top og the hair strand is this normal?





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    Hi I live in Norway, and have had kid eczema all my life. What I'm struggling with now, especially with the cold weather, is a very itchy, dry, and flaky scalp. At the moment I am trying to treat it with a Seborrhoeic dermatitis shampoo, but this just seems to make my scalp more flaky which shows horridly up on my dark work uniform >:( Could I use my steroid cream on my scalp over night and rinse the day after? would that get rid of the eczema on my scalp? (Dermovat 0,05%, Clobetasol, propion)





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    I HAVE HAD ITCHY SCALP FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS I HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED SHAMPOOS CREAMS I JUST CANNOT SEEM TO GET RID OF IT.ITS ITCHY FLAKY AND ALSO HAVE A SMELLY SCALP ODOUR WHEN I GENTLY RUB SCALP WITH FINGERS SCALP SMELLS ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER SYMTOMS WHAT HAPPENING I AM REALLY DOWN ABOUT THIS.





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    this sounds like what i might have, since i can remember and im now 26 ive had bad flaky skin on my scalp, some parts of the year its worse like when its very hot, the other problem i have which ive had since ive had chicken pox aged 9 i think is that i pick my scalp, its habbit and its got worse over the years, but its when i get itchy flaky head that its bad i can literally pick the flakes off my head and washing it doesnt really help. i dont know what to do





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    I've had Psoriasis in my hair since I was a young child, I use selsun or polytar shampoo which you can buy over the counter but my doctor prescribed me bettamousse which is a steroid based mousse, this always clears it up straight away when its really bad.

    I have had a flaky scalp for 3 years, tried nearly all dandruff shampoos, but still have flaky scalp. my doctor told me to buy nizoral anti dandruff shampoo, for the first 2 to 4 weeks use every 3 to 4 days, then once every 1 to 2 weeks to prevent dandruff from comimg back,vast improvement within 2 weeks





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    I have a 15 year old son who has developed a scalp condition which he has had for around a year, he was prescribed nizarole shampoo and when used it would clear the scaly scalp but after 2/3 days the scalp would become dirty again with fine particles. If the scalp is scratched with a fine comb it would help remove the mess from the scalp but it's never ending, the fine particles would just keep coming off, I say particles because it is not like flaky dandruff.





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    Hi I was prescribed Betnovate scalp application from my doctor which is the only treatment which calms my itchy, flaky scalp - but I have to keep using this at least every week to keep the itch at bay. Def the best thing and believe me, I have tried EVERYTHING! Hope this helps.





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    I think I might try this. But I have mixed hair it really itchy abs dry. Do you think this could help me!!?? I used to have flacks but since I have used Head and Shoulders I feel no flakes but my head it always itchy. Im pretty sure I don't have lice, but its embarrassing itching in front of people !!

    I'm 42 and have had dandruff since a child, probably due to stress the last six months my scalp is so unbearable its itchy,oily,smelly,flaky, feels so tight i get so down over the constant pain of sores in my scalp because i itch it so much and its embarassing around people, please help....





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    I suffer from really bad flare ups on my scalp, and the only thing I found has helped me is a shampoo called 'Nizoral' which is availabe in all chemists.. It's far more effective than t gel! After the first week of using it every other day, i had virtually no more scaly bits on my scalp. It's an absolute life saver for me, hope that helps!!

    Hi, I am 28. I have psoriasis now for the last 3 years. When I first discovered I had the condition I thought I had a bad case of dandruff which I constantly tried different shampoos such as t-gel to treat it. However I then started to notice red flaky patches develop around my face. I was very embarrassed so I contacted my GP. When she told me there was no cure for the condition I was deflated however the prescription of creams have helped to treat it. I have to use 5 different creams though. Diprobase(it is like a moisturizer for the face). Eumovate - for the patches on the face. Dovobet for the body patches. However I have been using Cocosis and Dovonex on my scalp and the results are not as effective as I would like. Especially around the back of the ears and the forehead of the scalp are still quite red and flaky. Any advice much appreciated. Eire abu.





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    hi ive had psorisis for 13 years im covered head to toe with red flaky itcy patches also my scalp is completly covered and is thick itchy flaky im imbarrassed to show my body i wear jumpers in the summer even tho the sun helps i realy need help i cnt go on like this it makes my cry. please can someone help me,also if i cut myself by accident it turns into psorisis and ive recently had an opp and the scars have now turned into sporisis im fead up n need help thnkyou





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    I myself suffer with psorisis and have done for 18 years,have tried all the creams there is one thing i found that helps is a few drops of tea tree oil in my bath,also you can have UBV treatment done if it splits and bleeds like myne used to,speak to your doctor who will help out with this

    hi ive sufferd frm psorisis 4 years but 1 thing that keeps it under control is dovabet hope it helps you ..........

    I'v suffered with scalp psorisis for 22 years, had numerous lotions and potions to no avail. I was finally prescribed betnovate cream which thankfully has helped a great deal, although it must be used sparingly it definately stops the inflamation almost immediately and gets rid of the horrible flaky skin which I used to find to be very embarassing. I have learned to accept it now and am grateful that I only have it on my scalp.

    hi i am suffering from scalp psoriasis for 20 years i use diprosalic scalp lotion and capasal shampoo.it seems to settle for 2 days and is back again.is very itchy flaky ald many times it bleeds.dont know what to try anymore.i have tryed numerous treatments but no relief.dont realy know what to try anymore.i just hope a cure for it is gonna be with us sufferers soon.





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    i have had psoriasis for 10 years and it is all over my scalp it is very itchy and flaky and sore.i have tried lots of creams but none help.





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    i am 24. i have an extremly itchy and flaky scalp, sometimes i can pick the skin off with my nails, ive tried tons of different shampoos though nothing seems to help thanks





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    Hello people! For bad, itchy, flaky scalp rub some or ask someone to put/rub some Olive or Almond or Coconut oil into your scalp. Coconut oil will require melting so put it on the radiator or if glass bottle put it over the stove-gas flame CAREFULLY don't burn yourself or break the bottle, keep turning the bottle around or leave out where the sun can reah it & melt it. leave the oil on for atleast an hour or overnight if bad scalp. OH you could also mix Almond & Olive oil together (equal amount) heat them & once cooled but still a tad warm put into/on to scalp! Trust me these will work & girls its great for the hair, it'll look fab & healthy & in great condition so you can do the flick!!! Also good for itchy scalp try lemon juice, leave on for atleast an hour. If all else fails get a specific oil from the health shop ask them to reccomend for the itchy scalp, bottles are very small & a tad pricey! But the Oils & lemon juice will defo work! Continue regulary even if condition improves keep it up atleast one a week. Oh..Oh..& another thing is Henna great conditiong & cooling for hair & scalp!





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    I have had scalp psoriasis since I was 22. Psoriasis runs in my family. I am sorry that this condition is making you feel so unhappy. You are not on your own . As you can see lots of us struggle with the same problem .I hate the flaky scalp and find it embarassing. Make sure you are referred by your Gp to see a specialist skin doctor or dermatologist. Take your mum or a friend with you when you go to the gp if don't feel you have the confidence to demand this. Some doctors do not realize how distressing psoriasis can be. I have found that polytar does not work but that betnovate scalp lotion did. I use it to get the scalp calmed down and the flakiness almost disappears. Then I give my scalp a rest from the betnovate which is a steroid lotion. When the psoriasis starts creeping back again I reuse the betnovate. There was a brilliant show on channel four last year which suggested dietary changes as well ... That is probably worth trying as well. Maybe someone on here can tell you more about that side. Anyhow please don't get down. Lots of people live with all kinds of severe skin problems and find a way of controlling the condition rather than it controlling you. Goodluckxx

    My husband has Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. His is pretty bad...silver flakes cover his entire scalp in layers...when he scratches the flakes off his scalp under it is raw and bloody. Without treatment it is out of control. His miracle shampoo is Nizoral. We were first getting it from his doctor, but it is now sold in stores. Before that we had tried absolutely every shampoo in the market. He uses it several times a week and it seems to keep it at bay. My son, who is 16, also has it, but on a much smaller scale (for now). When his hair gets too long, he really has a problem. His scalp really begins to flake and itch with red rimed silver flaky patched. Not nearly as bad as his father's, but enough to cause embarrassment. I find at this point, keeping his hair short seems to help. He does not use the Nizoral yet...I noticed that when his father uses it too often, it looses it's effectiveness. If I can keep it at bay with a haircut and a lightweight OTC shampoo...we will save the most powerful strengths for when it gets worse. I am hoping it doesn't get worse, but I am afraid it might.





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    i have very itchy scalp at the bk of my head and it becomes very flaky and sometimes give out a clear liquid and i have had it for the past 8 years and i was my hair every other day. any ideas wot this could be or how to treat it?





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    My baby is 6week old and his face and head is having rashes as well as dry flaky scalp. Please advice what can I use on him because my Gp told me it goes by itself but it getting worse, just to let you know I breast feed him as well as top up.





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    sounds like cradle cap buy some cradle cap treatment and small amounts of e45 cream for his face. PS his hair could fall out don't be alarmed this common with cradle cap.

    I have my hair dyed brown black at the hairdressers on average every 6 to 7 weeks. Over the past 6 months I have developed itching on my head ears and scalp usually about 4 hours later, I have heard of PPD and put it down to that,so last week we used a herbal dark brown color, and I cant believe the same thing has happened, its a burning sensation but not visible to the naked eye. I have noticed when I scratch my head i get black in my nails but I have washed it twice and the black is still in my nails!! could it be a flaky scalp? I have used a shampoo for an itchy scalp , and still itching. I am waiting now to see a dermatologist yet my Doctor says I can keep having my hair dyed!! can you put some light on this please.Kind regards Stephanie





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    i missed the end of last night's show, where the girl from big brother was treated for her flaky scalp, can anyone tell me what was prescribed, I thought they said anti biotics. Please help im itching to know!





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