Relieve scalp discomfort with Elocon
Skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis commonly manifest on the scalp, and it’s a very awkward area to have a skin issue. After all, suffering from an itchy, dry and reddened scalp is extremely uncomfortable, particularly if you have plenty of hair to contend with. Given the location, it can be difficult to resist scratching the area, which just makes the problem worse and can lead to even greater discomfort.
Elocon Scalp Lotion is specially formulated to deal with skin conditions on the scalp, making it easy to administer and use (even with hair in the way).
Just a few drops applied to the affected area each day, for a 7 - 10 day course, will work to significantly reduce inflammation, dryness, and cracking.
How Elocon works
Manufactured by Merck Sharp & Dohme using an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid with vasoconstrictive (causing blood vessels to narrow) and antipruritic (reducing itching) properties, Elocon both moisturises the skin and slows the rate of growth of skin cells (relieving psoriasis symptoms).
Elocon causes a reduction in the production of red, itchy skin — calming the treated area and allowing the skin to return to its healthy natural state.
When Elocon is the right choice for scalp psoriasis
Elocon is rated very highly by patients, but it is a potent treatment option, so it can’t be purchased without a prescription. By completing a free online consultation when you purchase Elocon, our team of doctors and pharmacists can ensure the treatment is right for you, especially if the skin on your scalp is itching and cracking on a consistent basis.
Note that Elocon lotion is safe for us on moist scalp lesions, but dry, scaling and fissured lesions should be treated with Elocon ointment instead, and particularly sensitive skin is best treated with Elocon cream. Elocon lotion is also not suitable for use on open sores.
What causes psoriasis & common symptoms
Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that affects an estimated 1 in 50 people in the UK, causes flare-ups of itchy, red, flaky skin and scaly tissue. These flare-ups are sporadic, usually being triggered by smoking, alcohol consumption, stress, certain kinds of medication, or irritants such as those found in hygiene products.
Doctors still don’t fully understand what causes psoriasis, but they suspect that it’s a result of the immune system being too sensitive and trying to defend against infections that aren’t there. In doing so, it speeds up the development of skin cells, causing inflammation and other issues as skin cells ‘pile up’ on the skin’s surface.
Why psoriasis affects the scalp
While psoriasis flare-ups can occur anywhere, the scalp is one of the areas most commonly affected, being an issue in around half of all psoriasis cases.
Why the scalp in particular is prone to psoriasis flare-ups is unclear, but since psoriasis commonly affects areas such as the lower back, knees, and elbows, it may simply be that it develops more easily in places put under particular stresses.
The scalp (typically) runs hotter as a result of being covered by hair, the elbows and knees are required to flex, the lower back bears the brunt of physical activity, etc. This line of thinking is mostly speculation, however - we don’t know for sure.
Elocon Scalp Lotion vs. Betnovate & Betacap
Elocon Scalp Lotion is prescribed for similar conditions as Betnovate Scalp and Betcap solution - eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis of the scalp. Elocon contains the steroid mometasone, whereas Betnovate and Betacap contain betamethasone. Both betamethasone and mometasone are classed as potent steroids, meaning they are strong and will be effective at treating more severe conditions. As there is little difference in strength between the treatments, it is usually down to personal preference and individual response when deciding on what treatment is best.
Elocon Scalp Lotion Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1139.pdf