Patient enquiry

I wonder if you can help me, for years I have had an itchy and sore scalp. I have used everything for scales including Head and Shoulders, T-Gel and even Betacap from the GP. Some of these help for a little while, but recently my scalp feels sore after my colour treatment, and I am worried this may be worsening the situation. Please, could I arrange a consultation?

Consultation examination

Following my usual pattern of questions regarding health, I noted that autoimmune conditions run in the patient’s family, although skin conditions do not. I asked thorough questions regarding the patient’s diet, and I noticed a distinct lack of oily fish and dairy products – this is not a good combination for scalps like this.

I observed thickened scales and areas of excoriations where the patient had clearly been picking. (See photo below). I was concerned that unless the scalp improved quickly and the scratching stopped, these affected areas could turn into a secondary infection.

Diagnosis

Psoriasis, an increased skin cell turnover where the scalp doesn’t shed old skin properly. This condition is NOT a dry scalp situation, so the patient should not use any oil.

Further tests: not required, nor steroid creams.

Home treatment

  • Diet alterations as advised, to include more oily fish and dairy products
  • Lifestyle suggestions: management of stress and allowing quieter reflective time to allow adrenaline levels to lower each day.
  • Ointment to use twice weekly and more frequent washing with anti-inflammatory shampoo (both supplied by Sussex Trichology).

Photo of the patient

Patient Suffering From Itchy & Sore Scalp

Shuna Hammocks

Shuna Hammocks

Shuna Hammocks is a Consultant Trichologist who has been a hair and scalp specialist for 17 years. She is owner and Consultant Trichologist at Sussex Trichology. If you are suffering from hair loss, thinning hair or any other hair and scalp related issues, Call 07860387332 now for a private and professional consultation.

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West Sussex
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