Most cases of itchy scalp are caused by dry skin, which can contribute to dandruff. However, there are times when an itchy scalp is more than just that. In some cases, patients may be diagnosed with a condition called scalp psoriasis.
What is scalp psoriasis?
Scalp psoriasis is a type of psoriasis that develops underneath the hair. Psoriasis itself is a condition that is caused by an autoimmune disorder. It is a chronic problem that causes the skin to look red and scaly, and it often causes areas that become itchy and bothersome. Scalp psoriasis is focused on the scalp, and can make patients incredibly uncomfortable. Itching, burning, and pain can result, making it difficult for patients to focus on work or enjoy their day-to-day quality of life.
With a proper diagnosis of scalp psoriasis from a professional in the field, many patients can seek effective treatment. Dr. Betty Bellman of Miami Beach, FL is a doctor who works with individuals to ensure they get the treatment they need to address the problem and relieve them of the symptoms that can come with scalp psoriasis.
What treatments are available for scalp psoriasis?
Dr. Betty Bellman often finds that patients are responsive to different types of therapies. The treatment chosen is typically achieved by evaluating a patient, providing a proper diagnosis, and assessing the severity of the condition. Then, trial and error is commonly used to try different types of solutions and determine the best solution for an individual. Each patient is different, so it is vital that patients utilize the services available to find what works. Below are a few of the more common treatments for scalp psoriasis:
- Prescription-strength shampoos and cleansers
- Topical sprays for controlling itching
- Topical foams and liquids
- Laser and light therapies
- Systemic therapies of psoriasis is present elsewhere, or if psoriasis is more severe
Learn more about scalp psoriasis
If you believe you may be dealing with scalp psoriasis, call Dr. Betty Bellman and team in Miami Beach, Florida. Her practice is located at 4302 Alton Road, Suite #705 and can be reached by phone at (305) 534-8480.