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Can psoriasis cause hair loss?

Key Takeaways

Question Answer
Can psoriasis cause hair loss? Yes, but it is usually temporary.
What are the causes of hair loss from psoriasis? Scratching, picking at the scalp, and harsh treatments can all lead to hair loss.
How can I prevent hair loss from psoriasis? Treat your psoriasis promptly and gently, and avoid scratching your scalp.
What are the treatments for hair loss from psoriasis? Treatments for psoriasis can help to reduce hair loss and promote hair growth.

Can Psoriasis Cause Hair Loss?

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that affects about 125 million people worldwide. It is characterized by red, inflamed patches of skin covered with silvery scales. Psoriasis can occur anywhere on the body, including the scalp.

Scalp psoriasis can cause hair loss, but it is usually temporary. The hair typically grows back once the psoriasis clears. However, hair loss can be distressing, and there are things you can do to prevent it.

What Causes Hair Loss from Psoriasis?

There are two main causes of hair loss from psoriasis:

  • Scratching and picking: Psoriasis can cause itching, and scratching or picking at the scalp can damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.
  • Harsh treatments: Some psoriasis treatments, such as coal tar and salicylic acid shampoos, can be harsh and irritating to the scalp. This can damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.

How to Prevent Hair Loss from Psoriasis

There are several things you can do to prevent hair loss from psoriasis:

  • Treat your psoriasis promptly: The sooner you treat your psoriasis, the less likely you are to experience hair loss.
  • Gently shampoo your scalp: Use a mild shampoo and avoid scrubbing your scalp too hard.
  • Moisturize your scalp: Keep your scalp hydrated by using a moisturizer regularly.
  • Avoid scratching: Scratching can damage your hair follicles and lead to hair loss. If you find yourself scratching, try to distract yourself or wear gloves.
  • Use gentle hair products: Avoid using harsh hair products, such as styling gels and mousses.

Treatments for Hair Loss from Psoriasis

In addition to the tips listed above, there are several treatments that can help to reduce hair loss from psoriasis and promote hair growth. These treatments include:

  • Topical corticosteroids: Corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation and itching.
  • Topical calcineurin inhibitors: Calcineurin inhibitors are a newer type of topical medication that can be effective for psoriasis.
  • Coal tar shampoo: Coal tar shampoo can help to reduce scaling and itching.
  • Salicylic acid shampoo: Salicylic acid shampoo can help to remove scales and reduce itching.
  • Phototherapy: Phototherapy uses ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis.
  • Systemic medications: Systemic medications, such as methotrexate and cyclosporine, can be used to treat severe psoriasis.

Conclusion

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune skin condition that can cause hair loss. However, hair loss from psoriasis is usually temporary and can be prevented or minimized with proper treatment. If you are concerned about hair loss from psoriasis, see your doctor or dermatologist. They can help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you.

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