Scalp Psoriasis – Ding dong the “witch” is dead….well, at least at bay

The interesting thing about looking at stats and likes is that it often tells us what kinds of things our readers and visitors like or find useful. One of the posts that have stuck out is the post I wrote in January about scalp psoriasis. Granted, the main purpose of me creating this blog was to hone writing skills and share information about the craft, but I’m not too proud or picky to exclude discussing other things. With that said, I’m happy to pass on information that may help someone else. And without further ado, I’ll share another update on my progress.

After the last post about scalp psoriasis, I had a couple of pea-sized patches to form. This was around the first part of March. One was in the back left side of my scalp, and the other on the left side about 2 inches above my ear. They didn’t itch. It was just annoying. I found them when I went to comb my hair. Low and behold, there was the infamous crust (gross, I know). So I did an inspection of my scalp and found that that was it. I grabbed my ointment and rubbed some on both spots. I only did it that one day. Since then, the patches have been gone, and nothing else has formed anywhere on my scalp.

Previously, I mentioned that foods or sodas could be the aggressor. Now I’m not so sure. I still drink mostly soda (I know, a bad habit), but it hasn’t caused any new flair ups. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a believer that the things we’re exposed to (internally and externally) can have effects on our well-being. The only thing different since March, is that I increased my Vitamin D, since my doctor said it was low. Maybe that helped with keep the problem at bay. Time will tell.

I would suggest anyone suffering with scalp psoriasis to consult with a doctor or dermatologist to rule out things that can create flair ups. While there is no cure for psoriasis, maybe sharing this type of information with doctors can help to narrow down culprits and hopefully make steps towards a cure.

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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Disclaimer: The above post is the opinion and experience of Melanie Dawnn, and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please consult with your physician or medical provider for health concerns.

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Natural Hair and Scalp Psoriasis – Part Deux

Last month I posted about the problems I’ve had with scalp psoriasis.  I thought I’d give an update on how things are progressing.  So far, all is well.  The patches have not come back.  I do have some itchiness in my scalp and my overall skin, but I’ve noticed that it happens when I drink more soda than water.  I can only assume that one of the ingredients is a trigger.  That may be something to research. Continue reading “Natural Hair and Scalp Psoriasis – Part Deux”

Natural Hair, Scalp Psoriasis, and Hair Loss….Oh My!

black-woman-screamingIn July 2009, I made a decision to stop relaxing my hair.   This came as a result of research and discussions with co-workers on the effects relaxers have on hair.  For the next year I’d try various lotions, potions, and moisturizers to figure out what worked best.   One thing I found out was that my hair loves shea butter.

Skip forward to January 2011.  I had an itchy scalp that was beyond anything I’d experienced before.  There was a flake here and there so I though it was dandruff.  Wrong!  I spent a lot of money before I figured that out.  And on top of that, it made my scalp irritated, itchy, dry, and caused more scaling in the back of my head.  For the next couple of months, I conducted more research.  Some medical websites and random blogs suggested eczema or maybe psoriasis, but some of the symptoms didn’t seem to fit….or so I thought.  And by this time, I was losing some of my hair in the back of my head.  I took a leap of faith and tried tea tree oil and coal-tar.  Both were smelly messes, and I didn’t see a difference in my scalp or reduction in hair loss.  Back to the internet I went.  Once I’d exhausted the searches, it boiled down to my having to see a dermatologist.

Continue reading “Natural Hair, Scalp Psoriasis, and Hair Loss….Oh My!”