Natural Scalp Psoriasis Treatment
Scalp psoriasis is something which affects more than 50% of those who have psoriasis. It varies from what seems to be dandruff flakes to red scaly lesions which can run down the hairline, to the forehead, ears, or even down the face. Usually, these scaly layers of dead skin cells result in a lot of itchiness and a feeling of tightness on the scalp.
The scalp is an area of the body that many psoriasis patients find to be the hardest to control.
Treatment for scalp psoriasis is difficult because the hair becomes an obstacle for applying creams and medicines. Medicated shampoos with active ingredients usually help somehow.
Scalp Psoriasis commonly occurs on the back of the head however multiple areas of the scalp or the whole scalp may be affected.
Scalp psoriasis is characterized by thick silvery white scales on patches of very red skin and can extend slightly beyond the hairline. Scalp psoriasis, despite being partially hidden by the hair is often a source of social embarrassment due to flaking of the scale and severe ‘dandruff’. Scalp psoriasis may be extremely itchy or on occasion have no itch symptoms. It can also cause temporary baldness on the affected areas.
The raised silvery white plaques of scaling skin that cover your scalp along with dry patches of red skin irritation around the hairline can be unbearable and even maddening to live with. Dealing with an itchy scalp and its embarrassing dandruff or flaky white skin can really drive a people to drastic methods to stop the itch.
What causes scalp psoriasis?
Scalp psoriasis is very much linked to diet, in spite of what most conventional doctors might say. It’s the lack of health and balance of the GI tract that allows foods to become a villian for those suffering from the effects of scalp psoriasis.
As I have stated in a previous article, intestinal Candida overgrowth has been proven to be one of the main causes of psoriasis.
Anti-fungals were shown to cure 7 out of 9 patients with psoriasis of the palms. Another study looked at patients with scalp psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Yeasts were found in half of the tongue cultures and in 1/8th of the scalp scales. Nearly three quarters of the patients had massive yeast colonization in their stool specimens!. Further proof that Candida is one of the scalp psoriasis causes.
Successful treatment of scalp psoriasis begins with re-establishment of beneficial bacterial levels of the gut, restoration of proper chemistry and the temporary elimination of dairy and gluten containing foods.. Additionally, a food allergy test will fine tune your diet by identifying the foods your immune system is having trouble with.
Avoid deep fried foods
Many scalp psoriasis patients can readily testify that one of the most irritating of foods for their condition are deep fried and oily foods.
Fats seem to show up particularly as psoriasis on the scalp. (Test it yourself with French fries and donuts!)
Quit eating charcoal grilled or fried foods. You most probably know that fried foods were bad for you anyways – it’s common knowledge. But, you have no idea how much of a difference it could make to your scalp and your overall psoriasis condition. In addition,the grease and oil from these foods have trans fats which can aggravate psoriasis symptoms.
Avoid dairy products
Dairy consumption can for allergic individuals cause an almost immediate outbreak of scalp psoriasis lesions. Many people don’t have sufficient amounts of the lactase enzyme, which is needed to properly digest the lactose found in milk.
[The protein in cow's milk frequently is only partly digested and becomes a major source of intestinal putrefaction and toxemia. Incompletely digested protein may pass the wall of the small intestine and cause allergy].
Products such as yogurt, hard cheese, and butter, are usually much better tolerated due to their lower lactose content.