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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 →

    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.

    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.

    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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    Hello, I have been suffering from folliculitis of the scalp for fout years now. My scalp is always itchy, have bumps/rash all over my scalp, my hair has suddenly become dry and really lacks lustre and it recently started spreading to my berad area, all over my face.my face is all disclored(blemishes) every where,with unwanted hair growing from my cheek. What can I do to get rid of this once and for all, cos its really affecting my skin all over.





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    Hi, I have had scalp psoriasis for approximately 2 years now and I just am fed up and want rid of it right now. I have been to the GP and have scalp applications which I use but it still hasn't gone. Have you any other methods or products you suggest to use? Thanks





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    does scalp psoriasis make the head and scalp smell????





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    I have had scalp psoriasis for many years which seems to be getting worse spreading and no treatment has ever worked. I watched an episode of embarrassing bodies when a lady had her scalp steamed then all the scales were combed out. Can you please let me know where I can get this done. Thank you





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    i am 10 weeks pregnant and have never had scalp psoriasis until 8weeks ago..can pregnancy trigger it?i have been given shampoo,s by the doctor which are not working..im losing loads of hair and pick at my scalp all day...help please...advice greatfully recieved!!





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    i am pregnant and my psoriasis seems to be going im 12 weeks now and its all clearing up

    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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    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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    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!!

    I'm 16, and i havent been diagnosed but i think i have scalp psoriasis. I currently suffer from eczema at the back of my neck and thought maybe that, that is what is on my scalp. But it looks more like psoriasis. I relax my hair (which i have stopped now) which is basically putting chemicals in it to make it straigher, but this went wrong and i was left with burns. These burns never healed and are thick and scaly on my hairline and on other parts of my scalp. I don't know whether this is eczema or psoriasis and im worried as this cannot be cured.





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    I have had a very itchy,scaly scalp for the past 6 years. I get a build up of thick plaques which has spread right across the back and sides of my scalp. when i scratch i have very bad dandruff-like scales on my clothes and skin which is very embarrassing. None of the treatments I have been recommended have done any good, I have tried no end of treatments from steriods to coal-tar shampoos. Can you suggest an alternative treatment that might help?





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    I have scalp and skin psoriasis and I've found dermaspray which is fantastic no more red scaly skin. You can even apply it in your hair its non greasy and contains no chemicals whatsoever. This was my last resort as none of the products my dermatologist worked for me.





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    My son 18 months has x-linked ichthyosis, i don't know the cream used on tv but we use balneum plus cream and balneum bath oil which has urea and lauromacrogols in and helps break down the scales we also use hydromol intensive which i think is newish it hydrates his skin and also has urea in making his skin smoother and less scaly in appearance, and for his scalp we use oilatum shampoo, not sure about the spellings but these work well for us, i have been to the doctor loads of times when he was a baby and tried loads of cream combinations until we found the right one for his skin, if you get referred to a dermatologist they have sample creams to try. These creams don't make the problem go away we use them 3 or 4 times a day just to control the problem and in the winter his skin gets drier and more scaly, it reduces the appearance of his problem but it is still there, and as his condition prohibits him from sweating we have also been advised to use sun sense sunscreen just thought id mention it as i had never heard of it and summers approaching so his skin will need protecting i hope this helps someone.





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    hi am 14 years old.I got the scaly skin fall off me at night and day time, and it really ich,i put cream on but it still ich no matter what i put on the cream doesn't work i try E45 alrealdy.The doctor Explain every but i think he missing out something. P.S my body full with scaly skins all over my body. what cream should i used please tell me if you know thank you.....





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    I have had scalp psoriasis since i was a child, i'm now 21years old. I have all kinds of shampoos and they dont work. it reacts well for a while then it just gets worse. I find that useing betnovate helps my scalp. there is another scalp applicaton but that burns my scalp (betnacap).





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    you think psoriasis is bad, try having psoriatic arthritis as well, not only do I have scaly scalp and back, but swollen toes and fingers, plus got in neck too. So if you have psoriasis and get pain in joints get it checked with GP and ask dor Rhuematology referral - as you may be starting with psoriatic arthritis! (which not many people know exists) Ive had the P for about 14 years and the PA for 18months.





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    I have both. Not a lot of people know that psoriatic arthritus exists your right. I have had P for 12 years and PA for nearly 4 years, I was eventually diagnosed December 2008 when I moved to Hereford. I can just about walk on times, my fingers, my toes, my ankles, my shoulders, my wrists and my knee, my hips and lower back hurts too. I actually inherited the psoriasis form my mum and dad and the arthritus from my mum as she has both. I hope your okay thank you for saying what you did

    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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    Hiniv suddenly deveopled scalp psoriasis in the last four months, iv been using betnovate scalp application and T- Gel shampoo but its no better and now im getting a stingy burning sensation on my scalp, Also its very embarrassing as I walk round with flakes off my scalp falling down on to my clothes and Im constantly iching in public,my GP has just refferred me to a dermatologist, help please at my wits end.





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    Hi, I've had scalp psoriasis for eight years. I've found the best way to cope with it is the exfoliate prior to putting on the ointment prescribed to you, yes this does feel extremely painful but it prevents flakes for the new few days before repeating the process. If you like me with very fine hair then I find it helps to back comb your hair and hair spray it to prevent the embarrassing moment when people can see it on your scalp. Hope this helps, maybe one day they'll find a cure.

    I am very glad I watched this program today. I developed this itchy scaly legs that is worst in Winter few years back.My GP says it is dry skin an expensive cream will cure it. Well I do use expensive creams already so should not develop scaly itchy legs. Please may I know the creams prescribed for the young black lady that was treated. Thank you





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    that really sounds like what my son had, the scalp was growing over the hair, large scabs of dry scalp over it. What got rid of it was using diprosalic which was prescribed by a dermatologist,we did this twice a day, it is a clear liquid so no mess. What it did was softed the scalp & withing 5 weeks my son's scalp was completely clear, use this with a tar shampoo recommended by the doctor also. whenever I see new dryness appear I use the drops again. Hope this helps you.

    Ive had psorisis for about 7 years on my scalp. It started out with a little round circle of scab and then i got another one more a less at the side of it. After 7 years worth of scratching, itching, picking (which i shouldnt) its spred all over my scalp and ive got a little bit in my ears. Im affraid that if i get worse and spead on my face i will do something stupid. Is there anyone else with this problem on the scalp and what creams help the scalp as im using Synlar gel and i can only use it ever now and again due to it being steriod creme.





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    i have psoriasis on my legs, scalp . i also have alopecia areata on my scalp. for the psoriasis on my scalp i am using sebco coconut compound scalp application. on my legs i am using dovobet ointment and diprobase moisturiser .





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    where did you get the shampoo from? is this from the doctor?

    I am 22 and have had psorasis my whole life, it got at its worst in my teens due to the stress of studies, i tried every cream and lotion from the the gp but not much worked, i have psorasis mostly on my scalp, back, chest and stomach and the only thing i find that helps is the PUVA treatment which is like sunbeds where you stand in this machine for a few minutes and gradually as the sessins go on the scaly patches begin to fade, also it gives you a nice tan which is great, but you obviously can't keep having these treatments, you have to have a break from them. Apart from that, i havent really found anything that works apart from the sun in small doses, so if anyone can recommend anything else they have tried.





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    Lucy, I too have the same condition and in the same areas. I have had 2 lots of the UV treatment and it is great but it doesn't seem to keep it away for long. I too would like someone to give some other ideas as i find it hard to live with. Not so much for areas that you can't see well the general public can't see its when it becomes more visible on arms and neck for me thats when I start to get stressed about it. Hope you found something

    Hiya my names florrieann, i've had scalp and skin conditions all my life. I recently had a really bad scalp condition especially and they gave me alsorts to clear it, they tried me with betnovate, polytar, and aquareous shower gel for it, none of it work. My local GP then refered me to the skin and scalp base at the hospital and they tried me with synular which is made to clear any kind of scalp conditions up. When i used synular i became more confident with my scalp because it stopped flaking and bleeding. if you ask your GP about it i'm sure they will prescribe you with it. GOOD LUCK!!

    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 suffered with this on my scalp for about five years. It covers 95% of my scalp but has never gone beyond my hairline. (thankfully!!) Nothing i have been prescribed has worked and im getting desperate now!! Just reacently my scalp has started to really smell and there is a kind of thick gunk under the psoriosis. help... is my skin infected???





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    I've had Psoriasis since I was little, its mainly worse on my scalp and I only get it on my body when I'm stressed. I've been with my boyfriend for 3 years and it doesn't bother him. Its a bit embarrassing when it flakes off from my scalp because people think I have dandruff. My Mum and 2 out of my 3 sisters have it but I'm the only one who has it on my scalp. When I was younger I used to scratch it so much that it bled, but I don't really notice the itching any more. It does go away, but every couple of years it will come back really bad. I've just grown to accept it as a part of life as all the treatments are time consuming and all the scalp treatments I've tried never work.





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    This week's episode includes a woman with a hair-raising illness, some unwanted leakage, an itchy scalp and a wake up call for Dr Christian… Read more →

  • Teeth grinding

    Episode 3 - Rural

    This week's episode includes a woman leaving pieces of skin everywhere, and cases featuring lumpy eyes, boils on the groin and some truly terrifying teeth. Read more →

  • Acne scarring

    We're Coming to Get You!

    The Docs are back, and this time they're coming to get you! Read more →

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