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Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions

Picture of Psoriasis of the Scalp

Picture of Psoriasis of the Scalp

The scalp may have fine, dry, scaly skin or have heavily crusted plaque areas. The plaque can flake off or peel off in crusted clumps. Sometimes psoriasis of the scalp is confused with seborrheic dermatitis. A key difference is that in seborrheic dermatitis, the scales are greasy looking, not dry.

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Reviewed by William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR on December 9, 2009

Image Source: Image courtesy of Hon Pak, M.D. and reprinted with permission from eMedicine.com, 2009

Text: eMedicineHealth: Types of Psoriasis