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Scalp Psoriasis

thestonequo
thestonequo

I am being drive crazy by Scalp Psoriasis. I've given up with Doctors at moment, and researching the condition on the Internet and experimenting. To date I have found no effective treatment.

Can anyone suggest a good shampoo/conditioner to give some relief ?

Jon

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Hi Jon I use Betnovate scalp application and also use shampoo with coconut oil in it. Coconut oil by its self I have been told that helps as well

thestonequo
thestonequo in reply to Hidden

Thanks, I'll do a bit of research.

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I think the trouble is that psoriasis can be managed but it can't always be banished and sometimes the best that can be achieved just doesn't seem enough. I expect dermatologists are used to people losing faith in them for these reasons, but I am sure that the internet is a minefield of cranky pills, potions and remedies and therefore I'd want some guidance from a doctor at the very least.

I had a severe psoriasis flare recently and went through a dizzying array of products for scalp psoriasis as the dermatologists tried one thing after another. Even though I was losing hair, as in going bald, I did need to be quite pushy and really lay it on the line when the creams etc. didn't seem to be doing anything at all. It felt to me that the better the doctors got to know me and my psoriasis the better communication was and the more carefully they thought about the way forward.

But you're asking about shampoos. I'm currently using Dermax, I should think that's available OTC. But (and sorry if I'm telling you what you know already) you may well need steroid cream even to keep the psoriasis under control and that will need to be prescribed I guess. My regime ended up like this: Sebco coconut oil compound applied to plaques twice weekly overnight to dissolve them / Dermax to wash the compound out and lift plaques in the morning / Clarelux steroid foam applied to affected areas twice weekly at night (not at the same time as Sebco).

As you've probably gathered I'm Mrs Cautious. But one 'internet remedy' I have tried is apple cider vinegar. I was happy to splash that around because I was already pretty sure that vinegar has antiseptic properties and is highly unlikely to cause harm if used on the skin. And splash it around I did. If your scalp feels itchy, grotty, hot and horrible then some apple cider vinegar applied with a cotton wool pad is very soothing. I don't know if it helps, but it feels like it does!

Thank you Mrs Cautious.

Whilst I struggle with my local GP, the Consultant is excellent but getting to see him is a challenge. The GP refers to a book each visit.

I will research the shampoo you used, I'm gaining info from others experiencing the same symptoms and hope that at some point I will find a potion that gives me some respite.

Regards. Jon

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I should have looked at your page before replying because one glance showed me that I didn't really need to tell you about steroid cream etc.!

Any chance of changing GPs in the hope of finding a more cooperative one?

thestonequo
thestonequo in reply to Hidden

No worries, my medical history is complex and I empathise with the Doctor. I had to change Doctors a few months ago and to be honest they haven't covered themselves with glory. Conversely my Consultants ( I have five for various conditions ) are superb as specialists. I am finding it valuable however, to seek the experience of others who go through the same emotions and worries as I do.

Thank you for your input

Kind regards

Jon

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Dont know if this really works but have read on another site whereby wrapping a hot towel ver your head after applying the lotions and potions from doctors that it helps the itchiness. Worth a try. Xxx

thestonequo
thestonequo in reply to Hidden

thanks Georje....i'll give it a go.

regards Jon x

I use a topical liquid called Ectosone..It works great to get rid of an itchy scalp especially at night if you're sweating.It's a clear liquid you just rub in and it won't affect your hair or anything..

Thank you .

If you have scale you can remove much of it by slathering on aloe vera gel. I use Trader Joe's brand as it seems to have more moisturizing properties than others. Leave it on overnight with a shower cap. In the morning you can comb away most scale. I use Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle shampoo and conditioner. It takes down the itch fast and lasts through out the day.

i live in australia, i have found a product called sebitar, it stops the itch and flares in your scalp, but doesnt clear up the flakiness very well.

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