Thick psoriasis on head!!!

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   Posted 3/26/2014 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Can psoriasis on my head cause headaches, and neck aches?? Esp at the bottom of the scull, my whole scalp is sore and feels very very tender, even my eyes are sore!!, it is very very thick on my scalp, I have to cover my scalp with baby oil wait about 2 hours until it all goes supple and then scrap it all off with a nit comb, and then my head bleeds...... Then within 5 days it's all back again, it's getting stupid!!!!! Xxx any help with this would be fantastic xx

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   Posted 3/31/2014 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this might sound odd, but if you study the cutting edge medical information coming out of Germany ( they have national healthcare;), they found epidemic psoriasis and eczema in nursing homes was really severe mite infestation. So, if you want to test it, go to Petsmart and buy a good flea and mite shampoo. If you improve, then you have found the cause, not just suppressed your immune system so they can multiply like crazy and piss off your immune system!

Hope that helps:-)

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   Posted 4/3/2014 11:41 PM (GMT -6)

The above site is a good place for helping the scalp P. There a number of treatments for UR scalp.

PLZ see a Derm who specializes in scalp P.

Even UVB light treatments can help clear UR scalp P. Only thru a derm. See: UVBTREATMENT/

Also coconut oil heated in the micro wave to a warm temp, not to hot just comfortable temp. Place a shower cap on for over nite treatment several days in a row,(occlusion). Combing scalp can removes the scales it may also cause stress & damages to the scalp & hair follicles. This is what is called a rebound effect. Commonly referred to the Keobler Effect. See webmd.
The treatment must be repeated until all signs of P has gone into remission. Never use steroids on scalp makes hair fall out. I use many techniques one will help u.

The webmd site discuses the need for occlusion and PLZ see my post dated 2013 for may other alternatives and explanations on how smothering the P. area stops the capillary blood vessels from feeding the P cells deep in the derm layers. This takes time. Time will help the P. go into remission. Just stay consistent with treatment. U will see results. Treatment may need adjusting according to individual results.

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   Posted 4/8/2014 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kerry,
I am sorry to hear about your thickened scalp. Believe me, I know how it feels. My husband was born with a skin condition called ichthyosis; it's almost similar to psoriasis in that it dries so much and it itches and it scales. His head used to be very very thick. he's hair was all patchy but we started using cream with urea that I make him. At first, the cream stung a little but the sting wore off pretty quick and the results were amazing. We would apply the lotion on his head and he would wear a plastic shower cap to bed and in the morning, he would scrub his head with a brush.
if you soak your head at night or whenever, just scrub off the ones that will come off, don't force it with a comb because that will just coz your scalp to scar and build up worse. it might take a week to get everything out and once it's all out, apply whatever lotion you that works for you and soak it overnight once a week just to maintain it. . We have found that urea cream works best. I am happy to report that my husband's hair has thickened and he no longer has problems with the thickened scalp, something he lived with for 24 years. I know it's a bit of work but so is maintaining a fit body:)
This is nice because it is relatively cheap
If you have anymore questions, you may email me.; my email is on my profile.
husband has ichthyosis( super dry skin condition)

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   Posted 5/8/2014 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kerry, Here is what has worked for me for many years.

A list of medications needed to treat scalp Psoriasis into remission.

Two different shampoos, one Salicylic Acid (psoriasis shampoo) and the other one is Coal Tar Shampoo.
Any generic brand Salicylic Acid shampoo 3%.
Coal Tar Shampoo Psoriatrax 8oz 25% Coal Tar Solution .
or ....
MG217 3% coal tar shampoo (easier to find locally but 40% less strength than the Psoriatrax)
Psoriatrax is more efficient over the MG217 because it is stronger and has worked great for me.
Use the MG217 or any generic 3% coal tar shampoo, available at CVS or WalMart or all ingredients are available online.
It will work but may take a little longer to see results.

To keep psoriasis at bay...this works for me. Keep this mixture handy. Stops the itch and swelling. Great for overnite treatments.
50/50 mix non-alcohol Witch Hazel=anti-inflammatory MIXED with VEGETABLE/Glycerin=the natural layers in skin composition.
Mix together, then shake the glycerin and witch hazel 50/50 in a spray bottle. Keep handy for daily treatments or to stop itching.

All the products listed above are OTC or available online.

Also for severe itching a RX for Hydroxyz 25 mg. This is a anti-histamine in a different class than all over the counter anti-histamines. Not scratching will keep the P. from becoming infected from scratching and the more scratching the more the itch!

START BY A GOOD SCALP SOAK. Soak UR scalp under water in the tub until the P.scales are softened and can be easily removed.Then apply the Salicylic Acid shampoo a little dab at a time on your fingertips, massage it slowly into the scalp.
Once the area is covered with shampoo, keep your head above water leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing allowing the shampoo time to loosen scales. Then part your hair by rubbing your fingers on the scalp to loosen all the flakes. Then rinse off the scalp area well.
Do the Salicylic Acid shampoo treatments for 3 days. Salicylic acid shampoo loosens the plaques so treatment with coal tar shampoo can be effective reaching deep into the derm layers to the small capillarity blood vessels that feed the psoriasis. The coal tar then blocks the flow of blood to psoriasis resulting in remission.

The routine is simple to follow..
After......3 days of Salicylic Acid shampoo.....then 1 day of coal tar.
Next..... 2 days of Salicylic Acid shampoo.... then 2 days of coal tar. Last .. ...1 day of Salicylic Acid shampoo.....then 3 days of coal tar.

Also any time u can add over night treatments in between, works faster to soften plaques and treat scalp while not treating the pillow, cover scalp with shower cap. Use Vaseline, olive oil, coconut oil. Warm oils in micro wave then apply to scalp, and 50/50 mix solution above.

Then use only the Coal Tar shampoo. A total of 12 treatments with both types of shampoo.

Look in UR drug store section under psoriasis treatment for shampoos. Coal tar and salicylic acid shampoos available online.

Also prescription shampoos are available also work in the same technique just substitute the RX shampoos. You may want to discuss this with UR derm.

I hope this will gives u hope that it is possible to clear UR scalp of P. And put psoriasis in remission.
Good luck... 👏
This treatment has worked for me I know it will help others. I have spent many years with a local P. Support group. Everyone who tris this is a winner!👏
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   Posted 5/9/2014 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have it on my head but no headaches.

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   Posted 7/18/2014 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
1.Shave your head, it make it so much easier to maintain. As soon as my hair grows to 6mm or more the plaque builds up so much, flaking and getting itchy.
2. Use Olive Oil to soften the plaque and reduce inflammation, or even sit in the bath and keep your skin wet for an hour or more until the plaque is soft enough to pretty much rub off gently by hand.
3. Use shampoos, Tar, Salicylic Acid, and anti dandruff. Don't stick to one shampoo, rotate them in no particular order and keep using the olive oil to manage the inflammation and plaque.

I'm new onto the olive oil, but Im happy with the results so far and its clean and natural.

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   Posted 8/5/2014 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I came here for the problem of withdrawal from an antidepressant but I have terrible psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. My scalp is bad. I have started just mixing 3 aspirins (regular strength salicylic acid tablets) into a little water and mixing it with a couple of teaspoons of Tar shampoo. That works better for me than the salicylic shampoos and is less costly. My skin is always better in the sunshine and chlorine of the summer, but fall is just around the corner. I have found that a way to control my terrible itching on my back, chin and scalp is to use Capsation cream. The same cream one would use on arthritis but just dab it on the itchy spots. I use it most every night and it really does help. It may burn a little, but for me, that is much better than the horrific itching. I am going to try coconut oil/olive oil. Thanks everyone for your input!

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   Posted 8/5/2014 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, iluvdogskate,

I luv UR name and I have to give u kudos for what a great recipes u have shared for P. I have had P. Since childhood. P is always a challenge. When the itchiness take over.. Drives me mad..usually a few hours of sunshine on summer helps. Vit-6 as u know .if that doesn't help then I turn to one of the three antihistamines.
I use hydroxyzine HCL 5 mg.- prescription , Zurtec and Zantac..OTC
Each on is in a different spectrum of antihistamines for the body. Benadryl never works. Also 50/50 mix of alcohol free witch hazel mixed with glycerine in a spray bottle . Spray and rub in stops the itching .witch hazel is a anti-inflammatory and glycerin in in the skin naturally. In fact there is a whole Glycerine theory for P. Google..
Thanx for sharing all UR great recipes for P. Definitely keeping those & adding to my list.. turn
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   Posted 8/6/2014 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Chotti :) thank you! Witch Hazel and Glycerin sound good. I have both and will try that. kate (I luv dogs)!!!

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   Posted 5/1/2015 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I take vitamin d3 200 i.u. and can not use any shampoo with sls. I have to use biolage conditioning balm conditioner. I have sores, and rarely rough patches. I have found taking coconut oil in pill form has helped tremendously, but nothing gets rid of it completely.

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   Posted 4/13/2017 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had an eczema/psoriasis mix on the back of my head (cradle cap area). Have been using foderma serum every day. It doesn't dry my hair out. I follow with regular shampoo. I also use the foderma serum on those areas after I dry my hair. Finally, I made food modifications b/c sometimes those can irritate your gut and that can lead to irritations of the skin and diet change has been FANTASTIC and has helped me be able to wear black shirts for the first time in my life!!

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   Posted 5/6/2017 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Celiac disease and once I found that out, all my problems got better except psoriasis. For my scalp I used Nizoral shampoo alternating with Biotin shampoo (jason's brand) and recently discovered Nature's Gate herbal shampoo. These help with the itching and the last one makes hair very fluffy and thicker looking. For a while I used apple cider vinegar (Braggs "with the mother") type mixed with water in a squeeze bottle just before final rinse in the shower. This was soothing to scalp and softened plaques, but if I got it on my back it would cause itching later in the day. So then I tried mixing up Epsom salts and would soak my scalp in warm epsom salt water in a basin. That was soothing. Now my final rinse is just bottled water like Deer Park or distilled water because our tap water isn't that great. Now that's all I need other than those shampoos. But I started taking B complex vitamins along with the magnesium and also Kelp supplements, vitamin D, iron ... All of these things are healing my skin, including the two plaques I've had for 5 years on my trunk. Almost gone now. Oh yes, my topical for non-scalp plaques is Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Foot Cream. I don't think that would be good for scalp though.
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