I've been battling the itchy scalp and dandruff for about 20 years. (I'm 66 now.) In the last 50 to 10 years, I've developed plaques. In addition to all that, I constantly feel like I'm wearing a hat or headphones. I'm guessing that's because my scalp is stretched tight because of the psoriasis.
I've tried oral, and they worked for a bit and then stopped. I used one biologic for a while until I ended up in the ER with chest pain. They determined it was pericarditis, and I had to stop. It was helping, but now I'm on nothing. My doctor told me there was nothing else we could try. She also told me that my thinning hair was due to age because psoriasis doesn't cause hair loss. I'm looking for a new dermatologist because she obviously doesn't know her stuff.
Anyway, I am a picker. I pick at scabs. I pick at the dead skin around my nails. I think you know what's next. I pick at the plaques. Even when my scalp isn't itching (Since developing the plaques, the itching isn't as bad as it was.), my hand is still on my head, picking or scratching. I think it's become a habit. My hands always have to have something to do, so they go to my head.
How do I break this habit and keep my hands off my head? I've actually drawn blood, and I worry that I'm going to cause an infection.