Oh, My Itchy Scalp!

I have psoriasis on my scalp.  The good thing is that nobody can see it.  The bad thing is that sometimes I feel like fire ants are marching (and munching) all over my scalp.  I have to be careful not to scratch too much b/c I don't want to get bald spots, I can't style my hair certain ways, and have to be careful what products I use on my hair and scalp because even the most innocuous-looking product can send my sensitive scalp into hysterics.

I've had to get creative.  I have curly hair, and usually use pure aloe gel for light hold.  Witch hazel and jojoba oil seem to soothe my scalp a little.  Sometimes.

Sometimes NOTHING does.

HeavnsGirl HeavnsGirl
10 Responses May 11, 2008

Have you tried a tar shampoo?

I think you are on to something. I had a one time gall bladder attack one summer and went to a chiropractor someone recommended. She was also a reiki healer. She did several tests on me and told me to eliminate wheat from my diet to help the gall bladder and digestive system to heal. <br />
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I stopped eating anything with wheat in it, like bread, waffles, most cereals, baked goods, canned soups, gravy, etc. In about three months, I lost 40 pounds, and my psoriasis (scalp) shrunk down to nearly gone! My skin was smooth again, and the itch was almost non existant! I mentioned this to my chiropractor and she told me that psoriasis can appear if your digestive system is out of balance. <br />
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So by me losing weight from eating healthy foods, no wheat, and reducing my stress levels, I have also stumbled upon a good way to reduce my psoriasis itch and flaking. <br />
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I think healing from the inside out is the best way to heal our skin. Thanks for sharing your story, RCKitchens!

I have psoriasis of the scalp and face. It was brought on by a surgery in 2006 add about 70 pounds weight gain and it worsened in 2008 putting me in a terrible displacement with self confidence.<br />
But, I didnt give up on methods and have found out that potentially my weight could be the current problem along with not getting the essential vitimans.<br />
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I started taking Centrum daily, Zinc 25 mg's, Ginseng, B12 high potency, calcium, magnesium, zinc pill and fish oil pills along with using medicated Selsun Blue and Head and shoulders conditioner I have no itchy scalp, no flake, crusted spots and have found that results are happening. Infact in the 30 dollars invested these are the best results by far for my ailment.<br />
I believe when I drop the 70 pounds that there will virtually no problem.<br />
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I think without proper vitamins and supplements to boost immune system to be the root cause of all psoriasis issues.<br />
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First thing I realized is that basically theres no cure for this condition as it is mysterious, but , there<br />
are methods for defeating and taming the condition, being near poor, I cant pay for insurance much less pay 400 dollars for a steroid spray, what my alternative was, was research and<br />
using remedies to correct the problem, The Vitamins are working, If they continue to clear the process completely then Im set to believe a weak immune system caused the radical cells to<br />
produce as a result.<br />
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So maybe try the vitamins mentioned for three weeks and notice the results, If other things are working, then stay with them or add the vitamins to your treatments aswell.<br />
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For some reason Doctors dont tell you that you could have psoriasis from a weak immune system or stress, they send you to a dermatologist for medications that are severely high.<br />
I use to get upset about the condition and hated to go out, but, the fact is Its something that <br />
I couldnt stop from happening because I didnt know anything about it till it happened, ending<br />
the stress is vital and to do that is to understand that you got what you got and now you got<br />
to work it out of your system. Once you realize that, your able to focus and realize that results<br />
arent overnight, that it will take weeks or months to see results.<br />
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I tried everything from teatree oil, to all the creams that were sold on the shelf before I researched the condition and realized how it operates, once I found out about psoriasis as it pretains to the inner body, I begin to research supplements that are vital for a healthy immune system and focused there. My Theory is, If my immunse system is restored then cells dont have to scramble to faster production rates and skin, dead skin wont be accumulating and it will return to an average cycle of 15 days as it should.<br />
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Good luck with your endeavors and be persistant

Hi There,<br />
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I hope you don't mind me posting here. I am an associate producer with MTV Networks and am currently working on a documentary for the series True Life. For this episode, we are looking for young people who are suffering from an embarrassing medical condition and who would like to share their story and journey. The topic of psoriasis has come up on a few occasions. If you'd like to learn more about the project, I can be reached through experience project or via email - embarrassed @ mtvn. com <br />
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Thanks<br />
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Kristen<br />
MTV Networks

Head & Shoulders & Neutrogena didn't do anything for me. Massaging jojoba oil into my scalp daily has been helping lately, thank God, b/c I was ready to rip my hair out by the root the other day.

I have it all over my scalp as well and I heard that if you scratch and pick at it that it could create bald spots. Don't know how much truth there is to that. Also, I have been using Head and Shoulders shampoo and leaving it in for at least 5 minutes. It starts to tingle and feels like something is happening. I just started that a couple of weeks ago so somebody else might have more info on where that project will take me! Next plan: Nutragena T-gel shampoo<br />
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i also have it on my scalp and elbows and fingers and sometimes it cracks and bleeds, and gets very inflammed. i have tried all kinds of things even from a dr and nothing works.

I have the same thing, I'm 20. It's terrible. Fire ants is a good way to describe it.<br />

I'll try it!. Thanks.

What about cancer? And I'd have to shave my head to get the sun on my scalp, I think. Not sure how else to make that happen. Open to suggestions, though.