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How can showering before bed help with sleeping problems from scalp psoriasis?

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Moisture can soothe your scalp and calm the itch. Take a warm shower before you go to sleep every night. Wash your hair each time. Try an over-the-counter shampoo for people with psoriasis. Look for one with tar, ketoconazole, or salicylic acid. Dandruff shampoo may also help. To give it time to work, leave it on your scalp for five minutes before you rinse it out. If your doctor gave you a cream or other medicine to use during your shower, put it on your wet scalp before you shampoo. Leave it on for the prescribed period of time, then wash and rinse as usual. Always use conditioner. It will help keep your skin moist. Shampoo alone can dry our your scalp.

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation:  “Tips for better sleep with psoriatic disease.”

Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, chairperson, National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board; director, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center; associate professor of dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Scalp psoriasis.”

David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School; former president, American Academy of Dermatology.

National Sleep Foundation: “Healthy sleep tips.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis causes and known triggers.”

National Institutes of Health: “NIH News in Health: Feeling stressed? Stress relief might help your health."

CDC: “It is strep throat?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “A handbook for teens with psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:

National Psoriasis Foundation:  “Tips for better sleep with psoriatic disease.”

Abby S. Van Voorhees, MD, chairperson, National Psoriasis Foundation Medical Board; director, Psoriasis and Phototherapy Treatment Center; associate professor of dermatology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Scalp psoriasis.”

David Pariser, MD, professor of dermatology, Eastern Virginia Medical School; former president, American Academy of Dermatology.

National Sleep Foundation: “Healthy sleep tips.”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “Psoriasis causes and known triggers.”

National Institutes of Health: “NIH News in Health: Feeling stressed? Stress relief might help your health."

CDC: “It is strep throat?”

National Psoriasis Foundation: “A handbook for teens with psoriasis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

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