Scalp Psoriasis

In scalp psoriasis, plaques or scales that resemble dandruff can form on the scalp, as well as the forehead, hairline, around the ears, and nape of the neck.

The Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology offers highly specialized care for scalp psoriasis. Renowned worldwide for cutting-edge psoriasis research and treatment, Mount Sinai has developed a number of therapies in use today, including safe and effective topical treatments. Scalp psoriasis can be associated with psoriatic arthritis. As the only institution in New York State with physicians who are board certified in both rheumatology and dermatology, our entire team is skilled in drawing on the newest science to personalize a safe and effective treatment plan for each patient.

Symptoms of Scalp Psoriasis

The symptoms of scalp psoriasis could involve crusted plaques that cover the scalp or silver scales that resemble dandruff. The condition could cause itching and a buildup of scales. Scalp psoriasis may also be an indication that you also have psoriatic arthritis (PsA).

Treatments for Scalp Psoriasis

There are many different treatments for scalp psoriasis, and the highly skilled specialists of the Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology are skilled in tailoring the right options to your specific needs.

Because treatments may work differently in different patients, therapies may be combined or alternated in order to minimize side effects and maximize efficacy. The treatment options for plaque psoriasis include the following:

  • Phototherapy (or light therapy): Mount Sinai is home to a full Phototherapy Suite (which is among the world’s largest such units) for the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. We also provide skilled excimer laser treatments.
  • Steroids: These may be injected into the scalp.
  • Biologic therapies: This safe treatment option has been dramatically effective for severe cases of scalp psoriasis. This targeted therapy blocks the activity of certain cells and proteins in the immune system that play a key role in causing psoriasis.
  • Topicals: Topical treatments range from prescription therapies to medicated shampoos.