Types of Psoriasis (cont.)
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Psoriasis of the Scalp
The scalp may have fine dry scaly skin or have heavily crusted plaque areas. The plaque can flake off or peel off in crusted clumps. Sometimes psoriasis of the scalp is confused with seborrheic dermatitis.
Picture of psoriasis of the scalp. Image courtesy of Hon Pak, MD.
Medicated shampoos are used to loosen the scales from the scalp. Salicylic acid and coal tar are used as active ingredients in psoriasis shampoo. Topical or systemic medications may be used to treat the psoriasis.
When psoriasis involves the palms and/or the soles, special problems occur. Since these surfaces are often extremely important in our normal activities, significant involvement can be debilitating. Because the skin in these area is so thick naturally, treatment with topical medication may not be adequate and alternative treatments must be considered.
Last Reviewed 11/20/2017
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