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How is scalp psoriasis different from dandruff?

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If your scalp itches and flakes, your doctor can tell if it’s just dandruff or a more serious problem like psoriasis, a disease that causes red, scaly patches on your skin. Once you have the right diagnosis, you can treat the cause and get some relief.

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Health Service UK Choices: "Dandruff."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Scalp Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org.

American Academy of Dermatology.

National Health Service UK Choices: "Dandruff."

National Psoriasis Foundation: "Scalp Psoriasis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Psoriasis."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on January 24, 2019

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