Pityriasis amiantacea is a scalp condition that causes scaling, and can occur in patches anywhere on your scalp. It most commonly affects those between the ages of 25 and 50, and also those who have psoriasis, eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis and lichen simplex.

 

Pityriasis amiantacea is initially characterized by the formation of tight scales on the scalp. Eventually, these scales overlap, cling together, ‘build up’ and result in hard patches with matted hair at the root.

DOES PITYRIASIS AMIANTACEA CAUSE HAIR LOSS?

Pityriasis amiantacea often causes alopecia (hair loss), resulting from the removal of the scaly crust on the encased hairs. However, the loss is almost always reversible and all hairs lost will grow back.

TREATMENT FOR PITYRIASIS AMIANTACEA

While extremely bothersome and stressful, pityriasis amiantacea is not difficult to treat. The initial stage of treatment is to remove the scales so that topical medications can be applied and penetrate the scalp effectively.

 

Creams containing tar and salicylic acid can be very effective. For more information on the treatment of pityriasis amiantacea, please contact your nearest Philip Kingsley Clinic.

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