Pityriasis Amientacea (severe dandruff)
What is Pityriasis amientacea?
Pityriasis amientacea is a severe build-up of scale. It looks silvery or yellowish and can matt the hair as the scale grows along the hair shaft, flattening the hair to the scalp and building on top of itself. If picked, clumps of hair can be pulled out with the scale attached.
It is more commonly found in children and young adults and effects females more. Although males can suffer with this condition too.
Signs of Pityriasis Amientacea
A silvery/yellow scale build up on the scalp and then the hair. Thick matted areas either localised or wide spread.
It can cause hair loss in affected areas due to clumps being pulled out when brushing or picking. It looks like tiles on a roof building on top of itself when left untreated or in severe conditions. The under lying scalp can be reddened and or weepy. When the scale is removed, it quickly starts to rebuild itself due to the excessive skin production with this condition.
Possible Causes of Pityriasis Amientacea
• Seborrheic dermatitis
This condition can be cured with the correct treatment and products but will not rectify itself. The timescale on eradicating the scale depends on the severity of the condition as when the scale is removed it instantly starts to rebuild itself due to the excessive skin production. Regular treatment is recommended as each time it is treated the area becomes smaller and smaller. If left too long between treatments or untreated it can spread and thicken.
As with any condition, the earlier it is treated the quicker and better the response.
Our Eucaderm No 3 pack will help this condition but clinic treatment is strongly recommended. We use steamers to soften the scale as well as infrared lights to aid healing the skin below along with the whole No 3 Eucaderm range.
Call us on 01273 711140 to discuss any concerns you may have or to book a consultation to assure correct diagnosis.