Im using a lot of medicines to cure my scalp psoriasis….but my bad habits like itching or not using my creams daily are I think making the problem worse. I would like to know the dos and donts of caring for scalp when it has psoriasis?
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Good to know that you’re aware of the importance self-care has in managing any disorder. So, here are some useful tips for your scalp health. First, you should never pick at your flakes no matter how much they itch. Scratching irritates the scales, exposing them to infections, rips and new flare-ups on unaffected regions. Keep your fingernails short to this effect. OTC hydrocortisone creams, calamine lotions and diluted apple cider vinegar can be tried to control itching. Preceding your hair wash with scalp exfoliators like coconut or olive oil or salicylic acid products is another great idea. The exfoliators should rest on the plaques for a couple of minutes before you put shampoo. Psoriasis-friendly medicated shampoos and conditioners with ketoconazole, coal tar, salicylic acid, etc. should be your picks. Avoid scalp dryness that provokes not only itching but hair fall. Conditioning, air drying, moisturizing and avoiding artificial dyes, hair styling products and straighteners are some ways to curtail dryness. Test each hair care product for irritation on a small portion of your scalp before slathering it on the whole of your head. Other than the above, managing your psychosocial stress is also a must to prevent psoriasis flare-ups. Exercise, meditate, do yoga, try acupuncture, join support forums and indulge in recreations to feel less stressed. However, scalp psoriasis like any other psoriasis can be recurrent and there may be some importance of regular medication to maintain remission.

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