Psoriasis or just dandruff?
How do I tell the difference?
Psoriasis (pronounced sore-EYE-ah-sis) is a non-contagious, lifelong skin disease.
According to the National Institute of Health as many as 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis. Many undiagnosed.
In Europe it is estimated that about 2-3% of the total population has psoriasis. In Asia and Africa only about 1% of the population has psoriasis.
The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches, or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells, called scale.
Chemical hair treatments are not advisable, when psoriasis is active.
Red, dry patches are often seen at the edge of the hairline, around or inside ears.
If you suspect that a person might have psoriasis, it is advisable to refer the patient to a GP or a dermatologist. Getting the diagnose and the right treatment can help the person to keep clear of psoriasis.