Can Psoriasis Contribute to Hair Loss?

Psoriasis and hair lossThere are few conditions that are as frustrating as psoriasis. It’s a skin condition that can cause itching, swelling, and other discomfort. It can change your appearance in painful ways. There are many issues related to psoriasis that you may be concerned about but what about hair loss? Is there a relationship between psoriasis and thinning hair and just how serious a problem is it? So what are the links between psoriasis and hair loss?

What You Need to Know About Psoriasis

According to the Mayo Clinic, psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to rapidly build up on your skin’s surface. It’s a chronic disease which means that evidence of psoriasis comes and goes, and it goes through cycles. It can flare up for a few weeks, then it can subside before coming back again or even going into remission. Symptoms can be very visible when you have them. They include:

  • Red skin patches
  • Dry, cracked skin that occasionally bleeds
  • Small, scaling spots
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Soreness
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Psoriasis and Hair Loss

There is a documented connection between psoriasis and hair loss. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), at least 50 percent of people with a condition called plaque psoriasis will develop it on their scalp and can result in hair loss. Scratching the scales that are formed by psoriasis can also result in hair loss.

The good news is, hair loss from scalp psoriasis is normally temporary. If you treat your scalp properly, you can often prevent itchy scalps and hair loss from happening. It’s recommended that you avoid using hot hair styling tools such as blow dryers, which can damage your hair and scalp. You should also use conditioner to keep your scalp moisturized and healthy. Placing a wet towel on the irritated area of your scalp can also bring relief.

RHRLI Can Take Care of Your Hair Loss Permanently

If you have psoriasis or are concerned about thinning hair, visit RHRLI and learn about ARTAS®, the permanent solution to hair loss. ARTAS® is an advanced robotic system that can give you a full head of healthy hair using a minimally invasive procedure, with little scarring. You’ll be back to your normal life in just a few days. RHRLI is the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has ARTAS® and our board-certified surgeon Dr. Baiju Gohil performs all of our procedures. Contact RHRLI LI today to experience the RHRLI Edge for yourself.

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