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Scalp psoriasis appears as red, itchy areas with silvery-white scales. Psoriasis in children often first appears on the scalp. You may notice flakes of dead skin in your hair or on your shoulders, especially after scratching your scalp. The scaly patches, which may bleed when removed, may extend beyond your hairline.

Treatment options for scalp psoriasis include medicated shampoos, steroid foam or lotion, tar preparations, a topical form of synthetic vitamin D called calcipotriene (Dovonex), phototherapy, and oral medications.

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