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A Guide to Living with Scalp Psoriasis

If you’ve been diagnosed with scalp psoriasis, you know that some people try to draw a connection to dandruff, but it’s not at all the same. Not only is scalp psoriasis a chronic condition—meaning it tends to linger while dandruff usually comes and goes—it also causes the shedding of skin scales instead of flakes, and it can be red and painful to the touch. You need information and advice that goes beyond using a special shampoo. Here’s a full rundown of what people with scalp psoriasis should know about living with the condition and its unique set of challenges.

What’s Different About Scalp Psoriasis?

“Scalp psoriasis can be itchy, painful and cause dandruff-like flaking,” says Rhonda Klein, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist at Modern Dermatology of Connecticut in Westport. “It can be aesthetically and emotionally upsetting to patients.”

What sets scalp psoriasis apart from other scalp conditions—like seborrheic dermatitis (a type of eczema)—is the appearance of the impacted skin: powdery and with a silvery sheen, says the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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