How to Treat Scalp Psoriasis

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Expert Answers to Psoriasis Treatment FAQs

Dr. David Harvey, a dermatologist and surgeon, answers some common psoriasis questions.
Scalp Psoriasis

More than half of people with psoriasis experience outbreaks on their head. If you’re tired of trying to control scalp itch or hide embarrassing lesions along your hairline, take heart. Treatment for scalp psoriasis really does work.



What Treatment Is Best for Me?

Psoriasis on the scalp is basically the same as psoriasis on other areas of the body. Treatment of scalp psoriasis varies depending on the severity of the problem. Some people only have occasional light scaling. Others have crusted plaques that can cover the entire scalp.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis, and they all come with risks and benefits. Ultimately, whether you treat with topical creams, light therapy, or medications, you and your doctor will decide the best treatment path together.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 13, 2016

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