Scalp psoriasis is a chronic condition that affects about 3% of the population. It does not favour any race or age group but affects slightly more females than males.
The condition appears as scaly crusted plaques on the scalp; these plaques can cause the reddening of the skin underneath which can be quite sore. Some skin can have a tendency to bleed if disturbed or irritated by the intense itching which occurs in some cases.
Plaques may affect a small isolated area of the scalp, but can also spanover large areasand spread over to the forehead, ears or neck. Isolated plaques may also be found in other areas of the body such as the elbows or knees.
Temporary hair loss may occur where the plaques are situated, once cleared the hair will start to regrow.