Can Scalp Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?
Hair Loss from Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a condition that causes what appear to be scaly/raised patches on the skin. Psoriasis can be either mild or severe. When mild, it is hardly noticeable. When severe, however, the scaly patches become more pronounced and red in color. Sometimes, Psoriasis can even cause hair loss.
The type of Psoriasis that causes men and women to lose their hair is called Scalp Psoriasis. The condition typically begins on the top of the scalp, but it can also spread toward the back of the scalp and behind the ears. Though more pronounced cases of scalp psoriasis can be unsightly, the skin condition is not contagious.
Going Bald from Scalp Psoriasis
Although the exact cause of Scalp Psoriasis is not yet known, medical professionals believe the scaly patches form when skin cells replicate too quickly. Faster than normal growth may cause the cells to grow onto or into one another, causing the skin to form raised, reddish patches.
It’s estimated that about 3.7 million or more Americans have Scalp Psoriasis (i). Below are the most common signs and symptoms of the condition.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis include the following:
- Reddish plaques
- Feelings of dryness in the scalp
- Intense feelings of itching and/or agitation in the scalp
- Burning and/or sensations of soreness
- Hair loss
Treating Scalp Psoriasis, Before Hair Loss Occurs
Treat Scalp Psoriasis, before it has the chance to cause hair loss. Today, a variety of treatment protocols are available to help nourish the skin, ease symptoms, and restore natural hair growth.
To learn more about treating Scalp Psoriasis and reversing hair loss, contact the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami. To speak with a member of our Institute, call 305-925-0222.
(i) “Scalp Psoriasis.” WebMD. Accessed 13 May 2014.