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Dr. John Pagano says that “Psoriasis on the scalp is one of the most unsanitary, uncomfortable and unpleasant manifestations of the disease, and the self-consciousness a person develops because of its visibility makes it all the more disturbing.” I totally agree! As of now I can fix my hair so as not to have any bald spots showing. It does take a considerable amount of time though. Especially since I am not doing anything special, just pinning it up. Thank the lord I still have hair, cause some people don’t have as much as I do!
The pictures above are of my psoriasis, these were taken earlier today. I washed my hair this morning, so therefore the patches are inflamed. Same old story, happens every time. I make sure to only wash my hair every other day, trying to use as cold of water as I can stand. Hot water causes inflammation in the patches, then itching. Later on, I will list some of the shampoos and conditioners that I have tried. Most have worked for a short length of time, some not so much. I believe that now since I am sticking to Dr. Pagano’s prescribed diet, I will have better luck with some of the topical applications. Sometimes I condition before and after shampooing, so as to not cause much friction, and I always use circular motions with my fingertips. Lately I have been avoiding shampoos with sulfates, making sure to use those with aloe and manuka honey for healing and relief.
So, the question is, Does psoriasis cause hair loss? Well I have had psoriasis for about 30 years now and this is the first instance that I have experienced hair loss. Yes I have had scalp psoriasis during all that time. Don’t know what is different this time. I think scratching, or stress on the hair follicle is what causes the hair to fall out. At first, it started coming out in handfuls in the shower after I would shampoo, then it would seem to come out every time I put my hand to my hair, and at the same time I would wake up in the morning with hairs on the pillow. I have had new hair coming in, but I started noticing the shorter hairs coming out as well. I have tried changing my normal routine, so as not to sit and scratch my head, although sometimes it feels as if my skin is just crawling and I can’t help but scratch. When this happens, I just use my fingertips, making sure to move in one direction.
At 38 I should be concerned about graying, not balding. But as I tell people, gray hairs are better than no hairs. Right now as I am detoxing, I have no choice but to get used to the bald spots and continue to work with what I got, some hair!!
Here are some of the products that I use for my scalp, as well as some of the patches on my body:
Special thanks to psoriasisselfmangement.com. For the last few years the folks over there have provided me with some real helpful and useful information to help my healing journey. I will stress that something that may help one body may not help all bodies. It is pretty much a trial and error process. Take heart and keep your head up, it can get better, it will! Take time to relax a spell! You deserve it!