Before you seek a treatment for your scalp psoriasis, it's best to understand what type of outbreak you're experiencing. Psoriasis is usually categorized as mild, moderate or severe. To determine how severe yours is, consider how much of your scalp (or body) is covered by the outbreak.
As a general rule of thumb, a moderate psoriasis outbreak tends to cover between 3 percent and 10 percent of the body. To visualize this, look at the size of one of your palms; it's approximately 1 percent of your body. Now, imagine an area three to 10 times that size. If your outbreak is smaller than that visual standard, you probably have mild psoriasis; if it's larger, you can consider your case to be severe.
A more straightforward way of evaluating the severity of your condition is to consider the impact it has on your life. If you find your scalp psoriasis symptoms to be particularly bothersome and limiting, then you can likely label your outbreak as severe.
Either way, you will want to be sure to share the details of your scalp psoriasis with your doctor so that he or she can provide the best treatment to target your category of outbreak.
Find out more about such treatments on the next page.