Psoriasis can manifest itself on a person’s skin in different ways. The places of localization of psoriasis plaques can also be different. But if on the body these unaesthetic symptoms can be somehow hidden from prying eyes, covering them with clothes, then the psoriasis of the head is almost impossible to hide. But it is precisely the lesion of the scalp under the hair that is one of the most common forms of this disease. This, for obvious reasons, gives the patient a lot of psychological, and not just physical, inconvenience. In addition, it is psoriasis of the head that is considered to be the initial stage of the disease, therefore, at the very first signs of it, a systematic comprehensive treatment should be started, developed and prescribed by a dermatologist.
Signs of scalp psoriasis
Symptoms of psoriasis of the ICH (scalp) can appear either in the form of separate psoriasis plaques located in separate places under the hair, or in the form of a large, crusty dense formation, the main part of which is still there, under the hair, and the boundaries of the lesion coincide with the border hair growth on the forehead, on the temples, on the neck, behind the auricles. At the same time, psoriasis does not interfere with hair growth and does not in any way contribute to hair loss.
This is because scalp psoriasis affects only the superficial layers of the skin, while the hair follicles are much deeper. In addition, unlike other skin diseases, psoriasis scales “grow” separately from each other, the skin between them, as a rule, is not susceptible to disease, so nothing prevents normal hair growth.
On the surface of psoriasis plaques and formations, in its scaly part, there is a large amount of sebum, therefore, scalp psoriasis can be easily identified by the characteristic tubercles, which are easily felt with fingertips. In addition, the symptoms of the disease are itching and a slight burning sensation in the affected areas.
Areas of localization of psoriasis plaques
Most often, certain areas of the scalp are affected by psoriasis. These include the skin behind and above the auricles, earlobes, hair parting, forehead, nape and back of the neck along the border of the hairline.
At the same time, the manifestations of psoriasis plaques behind the ears and on the back of the head are most often accompanied by itching, which, as a rule, leads to scratching and subsequent negative consequences. That is, by combing the skin, the patient only aggravates the course of the disease, although he experiences some relief and satisfaction.
Therefore, it is necessary to relieve itching with special ointments and medicinal creams, which are prescribed by a dermatologist for the treatment of psoriasis.
As for the formation of psoriasis plaques on the back of the earlobes, in addition to the unpleasant sensations of annoying itching and burning, additional problems are added here. The thing is that in these areas the skin is much thinner and softer. In addition, it is less exposed to ultraviolet rays and clean air, which contributes to the formation of a humid warm environment in this area. And these are precisely the conditions in which all kinds of bacteria develop perfectly, which, ultimately, leads to the development of inflammation.
To avoid such complications and symptoms of scalp psoriasis, you should carefully follow the rules of personal hygiene, regularly wash and dry the skin in these areas, do not comb your earlobes and ears in any way, and regularly lubricate the lesions with topical medicinal compounds.
Finally, in order to avoid the formation of a psoriasis “helmet”, when the skin lesion extends to almost the entire scalp, including partings and hair borders, it is necessary to comb the hair as gently as possible, trying to exert as little mechanical effect on the skin as possible. This way you can avoid irritation of the dermis at the base of the hair, as well as prevent further proliferation of psoriasis lesions on healthy areas of the ICH skin.