Dr. Shah from Richfeel Trichology center, Mumbai gives his opinion on Pityriasis Amiantacea

Pityriasis Amiantacea a.k.a. Tinea Amiantacea is an eczematous condition of the scalp (skin of the head). In this condition, thing tenaciously adherent scale infiltrates and surrounds the base of a group of the hair. It results in hair loss and bald spots. In 1832, Alibert described it as an inflammatory condition of the scalp in which heavy scales extend onto hair and bind the portions together. It is mistaken as a fungal infection but it is not caused by a fungus. Dr Shah says Richfeel has a unique hair treatment methodology to cure the problem of Pityriasis Amiantacea.

Who gets affected?

The condition is very common in children and young adults. It is more common in females in comparison to males.

Do other conditions associate with Pityriasis Amiantacea?

Yes, the patients who are suffering from psoriasis, eczema, seborrhoea dermatitis and lichen simplex are more prone to Pityriasis Amiantacea.

Can it cause hair loss?

Pityriasis Amiantacea often causes hair loss as the scaly crust takes away hair with it. However, in most of the cases, the hair grows back almost every time.

Is it treatable?

Pityriasis Amiantacea is very troublesome and bothers a lot. It causes a lot of irritation, hair loss and a lot of stress to the patient. Still, it is not difficult to treat. Read more treatment reviews here.

What happens when it occurs with Psoriasis?

It is rare but possible to occur with Psoriasis. In such condition, thick sticky scabs can be seen on the scalp. If the patient removes these scabs, yellow sticky discharges ooze. Doctors do not advise to indulge in peeling off these scabs as they can lead to permanent scars and infection.

Can commercial products cause Pityriasis Amiantacea?

The increase in usage of chemical based commercial products causes irritation and infection on the scalp which may lead to Pityriasis Amiantacea.

What is the treatment for Pityriasis Amiantacea?

  • The main aim of the doctor during the treatment is to remove the scales with medicines.
  • For inflammatory conditions, the treatment involves topical ointments containing a cocktail of steroids for immediate effect.
  • In some cases, antifungal treatment is also required if there is some fungal infection around the affected area.
  • Mineral and vegetable oils also help in some cases but it should only be used under supervision.

What are the precautions?

There can be a lot of reasons which may cause Pityriasis Amiantacea. It is important to check with the doctor as soon as possible. In most of the cases, the home remedies do not work properly and the patient increases the problem. The Pityriasis Amiantacea is completely treatable. While the treatment is going on, it is advised that the patient should eat a proper diet, include important vitamins and use ointments as prescribed. Regular follow-ups are also required to check the progress of the treatment. In our opinion treatment at Richfeel’s hair clinic is the way to go.

Doctors suggest not peeling of the scales even if they are irritating as it will only increase the problem. Self-control and proper medication will treat Pityriasis Amiantacea in a short span of time. All you need to do is trust your doctor and follow the prescription properly.