Scalp Psoriasis - Scratch the Itch
Dealing with an itchy scalp and its embarrassing dandruff or flaky white skin can really drive a people to drastic methods to stop the itch. These raised silvery white plaques of scaling skin that cover the scalp along with dry patches of red skin irritation can be unbearable and even maddening to live with.
At times the constant itchiness of scalp psoriasis can be so consuming for people, they dig at their scalp obsessively until it bleeds and those observing this obsessive-compulsive behavior often regard it as repulsive. Some people even unknowingly fear psoriasis thinking it is contagious, and go to incredible measures in order to avoid body contact and interaction with the "neurotic itchers."
There are old wives tales and home remedies to cure just about everything, with many having been around for centuries. Here are a few examples of myths said to cure one of an itchy scalp.
- In a clean spray bottle put 100ml of water and five drops of pure essential oil of lavender. Shake well. Use once in morning and once at night. Spray a little directly on the infected area and rub it in. After applying, try not to touch the treated area.
- Take and mix together an over ripe avocado, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Once mixed, rub into scalp and hair and then put a shower cap on for half an hour to an hour. Wash out.
- Mix cup of clay with a little splash of water then apply to the irritated area. Remove clay once it has dried and reapply fresh clay. Repeat several times.
- Pour apple cider vinegar over the scalp until it becomes saturated, then wrap a towel around head leaving for 30 minutes to one hour. After, rinse away vinegar and wash hair with a non- sodium laurel sulfate shampoo! Finish treatment by massaging scalp with aloe- vera or jojoba oil.
- Find a field and pick 4 marigold flowers or visit your local flower shop. Remove the stems and put marigold flower heads in four cups of boiling water. Allow flowers to boil for four minutes. Set aside, letting water cool to room temperature. Massage solution into the scalp. Wash with shampoo, rinse, add lemon juice or vinegar, rinse, and done.
- Boil one cup of water and then remove from head and add 1 teaspoon of sarsaparilla root. Let cool. Strain so that water is saved. Put a washcloth into strained solution. Squeeze washcloth out and apply to infected area.
While some of these old wives tales and home remedies may truly work and others may not, here are a two real myths:
Myth one: if it works for one it works for everyone. Reality: there is no one thing for everyone.
Myth two: scalp psoriasis is contagious and can spread from person to person and on the body. Reality: Scalp psoriasis is not contagious. All types of psoriasis including scalp psoriasis will not spread to other people, and for that matter will not spread to other areas on the body.
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