Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

A Flaky Scalp: Is it Psoriasis or Dandruff?

It may be hard to tell the difference between scalp psoriasis and dandruff since both have similar symptoms of an itchy scalp that produces white flakes. However, it is important that you the difference between the two conditions so that you can seek the most effective treatment.
Psoriasis could actually be the underlying cause of your dandruff. Psoriasis can be a hereditary condition that is caused by your immune system. Both men and women of all ages can suffer from psoriasis. Furthermore, psoriasis is not limited to the scalp, but can affect elbows, knees, lower back, groin and other body folds with itchy, scaly patches. Cuts, scratches, sunburn or dry skin conditions can trigger your flare up if you have scalp psoriasis.

Dandruff, on the other hand, is primarily caused by naturally occurring fungus, yeast that feeds on your natural skin oils. This causes the skin to shed more quickly and to itch. Other possible causes of dandruff include not brushing hair regularly, not enough shampooing, dry skin, diet and stress. Unlike psoriasis, mild dandruff is often seen in adults between 20-30 years old and affects men more than women.
While psoriasis and dandruff can both be somewhat relieved using a shampoo that contains coal tar or salicylic acid or a topical steroid cream, you might not find the most effective treatment for your condition until you determine which one you have. Since a fungus causes dandruff, you may need an anti-fungal shampoo to successfully eliminate an itchy, flaky scalp caused by dandruff. However, if you have psoriasis that is not responding to topical cream or shampoos, than you may benefit from ultraviolet light therapy from a board certified dermatologist for best results. Light therapy can be used to help your skin repair itself after a psoriasis flare-up.
It will be worth your time to let a dermatologist properly diagnose your itchy and flaky scalp. Olanksy Dermatology Associates provides effective and long-term treatment for your dandruff and all types of psoraisis.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Based on 900 reviews

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!