Treatment for Seborrheic Dermatitis, Scalp Psoriasis
Seborrheic dermatitis (SD), dandruff and scalp psoriasis are common causes of scalp itchiness. It can be difficult to differentiate between these conditions because what triggers the skin reactions can be very similar.
Your family doctor will be able to make a differential diagnosis between Seborrheic Dermatitis and other conditions like psoriasis, rosacea or eczema among others.
They are all uncomfortable skin conditions but can also be treated by reducing exposure to triggers such as allergens, chemical skincare products, and improving the body’s immune function.
Symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis are:
- Scaly patches forming on scalp that are mildly itchy
- SD can also cause skin to be dry or oily
- Early SD can be distinguished in that skin appears with enlarged pores and open like a sponge.
- Dandruff is a mild, non-inflammatory form of SD, characterised by shedding of dead skin flaks from the scalp with some itchiness.
Difference between Seborrheic Dermatitis and Scalp Psoriasis
- Scalp psoriasis sufferers may have lesions on the elbows or knees
- Usual signs include dryness, red patches and scaling
- Psoriasis also causes nail pitting, while dermatitis does not
Common SD scalp treatments include:
1. Shampooing once every 2-3days allow natural oils that your skin produces to stay at regular levels.
- Avoiding shampoos and soaps containing harsh chemicals, artificial colouring, and fragrance. Choose Emu Oil Ultra Mild Shampoo & Conditioner
2. Applying a superbly moisturising, naturally derived emu oil.
3. Using a humidifier if the air-conditioned room is very dry.
4. Boost Immune Function
5. Consume more antioxidant-rich foods, such as berries and leafy greens.
6. Sleep 7-8 hours nightly.
7. Control stress by exercising taking up hobbies, meditation, prayer, reading etc
8. Get some sun outdoors
9. Avoid Allergen Foods
- Sugary and sweetened drinks
- Fried foods and trans fat
- Common allergy trigger foods eg. Refined products, conventional dairy, shellfish and peanuts, alcohol