Ayushya Varsha is offering a Psoriasis treatment kit which is a combination of brands available in the market packaged into one based on experiences through patients.
Scalp Psoriasis may be wrongly interpreted as dandruff because of the transparent flaky nature of the scales.
A patient may have psoriasis on the skin first and then the scalp may be affected, or both may be affected simultaneously.
Psoriasis on the scalp can be differentiated in three categories, mild, moderate and severe.
1) Mild cases: The first change noticed may be dryness in the scalp and hair. The hair may feel dry to touch. The second change seen is development of dandruff. Patient may typically exclaim, "I thought it was dandruff!" In such cases itching may be mild or moderate, which is more irritating and disturbing, in the initial stages.
Scratching leads to falling of fine dandruff on the neck and shoulders. The scalp itching is often awkward.
The closest differential diagnosis at this stage is seborrhea dermatitis. In seborrhea the scalp is oily, and the dandruff is rather sticky, like sebum and yellowish. Scalp psoriasis is dry, silvery and scaly.
2) Moderate cases: This stage may be seen a few years after the start of psoriasis.
The scalp may show single or multiple patches of scales. The scales may be white or silvery, moderately thick. There may be more concentration behind the ears, temples, occipital and parietal areas. Scales are visible and beneath and surrounding them, the scalp is reddish. 10-20 % of the scalp may be affected. The eyebrows, beard, may show patches of dandruff, dryness and itching. Hair fall may be prominent.
3) Severe cases: In severe cases of scalp psoriasis, there are large crusty patches of scales all over the scalp. The scalp redness is very much marked and the scales and redness many times can be seen beyond the hair line, on the forehead, behind ears and on the back of the neck. Around 50-80 % or more area of the scalp may be affected.
The scratching and suffering is unbearable. The scalp may bleed on scratching.
There may be super added fungal or bacterial infections.
If patient does not have psoriasis on the body, after this stage, psoriasis generally spreads to other parts of the body.
Ayurveda uses a set of cleansers, immuno stimulants, applications and anti infectives to cover an over all picture of Psoriasis and associated conditions.
Some patients have good relief by using scalp moisturizers; the best being hair oil, some patients get severe discomfort by using hair oil. Each patient must use his or her own discretion. Tar shampoo and anti-dandruff shampoo are useful, and can be used in association with homeopathic treatment