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Scalp Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a dog skin disorder caused by a weak immune system, especially involving T-cells. Psoriasis occurs when T-cells divide too rapidly (few days instead a month) and accumulate instead of being shed.

The most common form of psoriasis is scalp psoriasis which usually presents as brightly scaly plagues at the tip of elbows, legs, sacral area, and scalp. Scalp Psoriasis is also characterized by pink patches. Later the redness will decrease and infected areas develop silvery scales.

Food allergy to commercial dog foods can be a key factor. Excessive dandruff and scaling may be an early ailment for scalp psoriasis. Dogs also may have history of acute guttate psoriasis that reappears.
Scalp Psoriasis is often misdiagnosed as seborrhoeic dermatitis or eczema. Fortunately, the types of treatment do not differ much.

  • Evening Primrose oil - an omega-6 fatty acid is helpful for scalp psoriasis.
  • Coal tar is useful. It can be in lotion, shampoo, or ointment forms.
  • Sulphur is helpful for scalp psoriasis because of its keratolytic effect.
  • Salicylic acid, orally or topically can reduce scalp psoriasis.
  • Washing with potassium permanganate is effective and cheap.
  • UVB Sunlight can clear scalp psoriasis. Sunlight causes activated T cells in the skin to die. Daily exposure to sunlight improves your dogs scalp psoriasis.

Pet medication       Boost the immune system       Dog food diet for skin disorders


Other dog skin disorders:

Demodectic Mange ::: Scabies ::: Yeast Infection ::: Eczema ::: Ringworm
Staphylococci Infection ::: Seborrheic Dermatitis


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