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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
See details.: Psoriasis involving the scalp. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin rash that is red and scaly.
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A member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Manage it: It's not curable, but is fairly easy to manage. "Scalp psoriasis" may actually be seborrhea / pityrospirum manageable with anti-fungal shampoos. Best ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jasyn Haney
23 years experience in Family Medicine
Topical treatments: There are numerous topical treatments to help with the flaking of the scalp in psoriasis. You can try t-gel or selsun blue shampoo. If this does not ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Tar shampoo: You should see your dermatologist for the best therapies. This could include a steroid shampoo, tazorac, (tazarotene) taclonex, vectical, other topica ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
50 years experience in Dermatology
Scalp psoriasis: Daily shampooing with a good dandruff shampoo is helpful. There are prescription lotions containing corticosteroids which are also very helpful. If ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience in Family Medicine
Unfortunately, no: Scalp psoriasis is a tough condition. There is no "permanent" cure for it, but the condition can wax and wane over time. I'm sure you are aware of s ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Srdjan Prodanovich
18 years experience in Dermatology
See Dermatologist: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that may, among other areas, affect the scalp region. Depending on the severity of the psoriasis in ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Uncommon: This is not a typical location for eczema. One might be more concerned about a contact sensitivity to products (shampoos, dyes, etc) in this location ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
See details: A patchy, red, scaly , flaking rash.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience in Dermatology
Seb K's: Seborrheic Keratoses are benign growths that can grow on any skin surface, head to feet. They don't usually cause "hair loss" but can displace some ha ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
43 years experience in Dermatology
Same thing.: Scalp folliculitis is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp, and is also sometimes called "acne necrotica", which is why it is s ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
No: It will not help treat psoriasis.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience in Dermatology
Rare Form: Pustular psoriasis is a rare type of psoriasis that results in painful white (pus-filled) bumps on the hands and/or feet. It is very painful and debi ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience in Dermatology
Sometimes overlap: Seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp can often overlap with scalp psoriasis in a disease termed sebopsoriasis. Both conditions are from scalp inflammat ... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Can be difficult to: Differentiate. They can blend. If lesion is mild and only scalp based, especially.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fung ... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
35 years experience in Pediatrics
No !: A recent study examining the side-effects of minoxidil reveal a minuscule number that actually have psoriasis. There seems to be little or no effect ... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ulker Tok
Dr. Ulker Tok answered
24 years experience in Rheumatology
No real criteria: Typical appearance would suffice for diagnosis.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
No: The resident fungus (pityrosporum orbicularis) on most normal skin can cause seborrhea on some people. This fungus thrives on oil especially olive oi ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Usually not.: If you have an extremly dry scalp, maybe. But you should use a zinc, tar, of selenium based shampoo. Other options include shampoo with a keratolytic ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience in Rheumatology
Tnf inhibitors: Tnf inhibitors are great at clearing the scalp.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bac Nguyen
22 years experience in Family Medicine
It is..mildest form: Dandruff is the mildest form of seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea)...It is more oilly on face, thus you see the oily-flaky skin/scales... If otc produc ... Read More
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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends what is in it. If it doesn't have selenium or ketoconazole, the likelihood of it working is fairly low.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Trauma: Psoriasis is a genetic or inherited disorder. Any type of trauma to the skin can trigger a psoriasis lesion to occur at that site.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
Probably: This is probably seborrheic dermatitis. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and treatment.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
No.: They are two unrelated diseases. Eczema is quite common so the combination would not be unusual!
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Ebner
17 years experience in Dermatology
Yes...SeboPsoriasis: This is quite common and we give it the name, "SeboPsoriasis" Treatment involves addressing both the psoriasis and seborrheic dermatitis components. ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
8 years experience in Dermatology
Steroids: While the best treatment depends on the extent of ur disease and other factors, topical steroids in foam preps work very well to help decrease the siz ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Many types..: Zinc pyrithione based shampoos work well, as tar shampoos (neutrogena), as dose selsun blue and its copies. Also, there are shampoos or scalp lotions ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience in Internal Medicine
Several things ..: This could be related to more severe seborrheic dermatitis, a fungal infection(tinea capitis) of the scalp, or even psoriasis. It's hard to say witho ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
40 years experience in Dermatology
Several: Bakers p and s shampoo is good. T gel and t sal are other ones that are made by neutrogena are also good choices.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
See details: Try a coal tar shampoo such as Denorex, PsoriaTrax or Betatar on a daily basis. If they do not work, see a dermatologist.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Many.: Tar, zinc pyrithion, selenium, salicylic acid, ketoconazole shampoos; scalp corticsteroid; intra-lesional steroids. And or course systemic therapy.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
33 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Psoriasis: Differentiating scalp psoriasis from scalp sebohheic dermatitis can be difficult. Although treatments for mild cases are similar, oral immunosuppressa ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
Scalp Psoriasis: No one knows the cause of psoriasis. Scalp psoriasis occurs mainly in women. There is no cure, as yet, for this baffling skin ailment. There are seve ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frances Ilozue
24 years experience in Family Medicine
See your doctor: You will need a prescription medication from your doctor to address this problem. Make an appointment this week.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Victoria Hagstrom
26 years experience in Family Medicine
Maybe..: But it's more likely that the thinning and receding is genetic and will happen regardless. The psoriasis (which stresses the skin that supports hair ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Shampoo/Psoriasis: This creamy rich shampoo(just natural shampoo for psoriasis) for scalp psoriasis is formulated to gently cleanse without damaging the skin's barrier ... Read More

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