Scalp Psoriasis or Dandruff?

A lot of people have been asking what the difference is between scalp psoriasis and dandruff.  Well, if you have psoriasis on your scalp, you will likely have patches on other areas of the body.  However, some people do only get it on their head.

You will generally have red, irritated areas with silvery white scales that flake, much like dandruff.  The only difference is psoriasis is silvery, while dandruff is often yellow or white.  If your condition is not responding to dandruff shampoos, you may want to try a treatment containing tar.  Just be sure to protect surfaces, as this can stain.

Still, it can be hard to tell without looking at pictures of psoriasis on the scalp.

I’ve found some additional scalp psoriasis pictures to help you decide whether you do have this disorder or just bad dandruff…

scalp psoriasisThis picture was from Dermatologist NYC.

Psoriasis on the scalp will often extend beyond the hairline, into the ears, and down the neck.  Here is a picture:

psoriasis on scalp This picture is from

In severe cases, you can start to lose hair.  This is not due to the psoriasis itself, but as an effect of the scales falling off.  Mild cases of psoriasis can be controlled with shampoos containing tar, but more severe cases likely require a doctor’s appointment.

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