Thursday, March 26, 2009

Scalp Psoriasis: Nasty But Not Life Threatening

In most cases, people that suffer from scalp psoriasis will not need to be worried that this disease will lead to premature death. However, it is a disease that is causing concern to many millions of people in different parts of the world and so needs to be understood better in order to find the right cure for it. Scalp psoriasis is basically a skin disorder that can affect a person in different degrees of severity and it is in fact a disease that when it is especially severe will often lead to psychological distress since the flaking of skin and raised and red colored patches that accompany this condition can make a person look quite repulsive.

The first line of defense in regard to treating scalp psoriasis is to make use of over-the-counter medications that can provide temporary relief. However, it is necessary that you first understand what causes this condition and then seek suitable treatments for curing the symptoms. Typically, scalp psoriasis is chronic by nature and it results in excessive production of skin cells that in turn makes the skin look red and blotched.

Unfortunately, the medical fraternity has not as yet been able to establish the real cause why this condition develops though it is suspected to occur because of the autoimmune system attacking affected regions. These attacks can develop on account of infection, trauma as well as stress and even because of changes in the hormones.

Scalp psoriasis can cause a person a lot of discomfort and will itch and hurt as well. Because of the pain and itchiness that accompanies this condition the patient tends to scratch their scalps and this makes the flaky skin fall away which is unattractive to behold and quite uncomfortable as well as painful.

Using over the counter medications is of course one effective treatment option; however, it is better to get a doctor to inspect your condition and diagnose the problem after which they can recommend suitable treatment and medications. Fortunately, you can treat most cases of scalp psoriasis without requiring using prescription medications. Remember however that a treatment that works for one person might not work so well for another person. So, you will need to be patient in trying out various options before suitable treatment can be found.

Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis. It is also a condition that for long was considered as being leprosy and it typically affects a person’s elbows as too the knees the most and is also scaly in its appearance.

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