Psoriasis is an epidermis condition in which the outer covering cells grow rapidly. These freshly grown dead skin cells cannot be molted off as hurriedly as they grow which often results to thick, red, burning, and itchy red and gray spots on the skin. Psoriasis is hard to cure but can be treated to mitigate the discomfort.
Corticosteroids creams, topical retinoids as well as other medications like anthralin form an integral part of scalp psoriasis treatment. If this doesn’t work, then stronger medications are prescribed which are either taken orally or administered intravenously. Unfortunately, the sad news is that most of them provide temporary relief. Also, taking these powerful medications for a longer duration can put a person in the
risk zone of some serious side effects. Moreover, these topical products are not very effective to treat severe cases of psoriasis.
One of the reasons why you might want to consider brushing your skin on a daily basis is if you are dealing with psoriasis. Psoriasis is a genetic problem in which the immune system turns against itself and the natural process of the skin coming to the surface is sped up considerably. Where it would usually take about a month for a skin cell to come from the lower levels of the skin out through the outer levels and to shed, the process with psoriasis only takes about a week. By brushing your skin on a daily basis, you may be able to keep it healthy and detoxified, lessening the amount of psoriasis outbreaks that you experience.
Medicated shampoos are quite effective. Coal tar shampoos are found to be useful for most patients. These shampoos consist of various active ingredients, which help relieve itching and removes scales from the scalp. To achieve good results, rub the shampoo on the scalp and leave it for about 5-10 minutes or as per the instructions given on the bottle. Then rinse it off with warm water as it loosens the skin and remove the scales easily. After shampooing, apply cortisone lotion to the scalp. Regularly comb your hair to remove any scaling. If the scalp is infected by bacteria or fungus, then it can worsen your scalp psoriasis.
The standard medical treatments for psoriasis include powerful steroid creams and cortisone injections. Both of these come with terrible side effects and actually do very little to improve the problem. If you’re really game though you could always try taking Merk’s new pharmaceutical “wonder drug” for psoriasis called Raptiva. However, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) recently pulled it from the market after 3 patients suffered severe brain infections (two of them died) so we certainly wouldn’t recommend that one!