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Dovonex Scalp Solution is a prescription strength viscous liquid that is formulated to help reduce plaque psoriasis. The active ingredient, Calcipotriene (Calcipotriol) is a form of vitamin D3 that is naturally synthesized in our skin when exposed to sunlight or ultraviolet light. A vitamin will help to decrease the flaky patches of skin? Yes. We consume vitamin D through certain foods, such as fish oils, butter, and egg yolks, but the amount required from your diet to make a positive difference in psoriasis would be almost impossible to consume, not to mention a possible danger.
Dovonex Scalp Solution is a topical medication for relief from the red, itchy, flaky patches of skin that form as a result of new skin cells being produced too quickly before the old cells have time to fall or slough off. Dovonex Scalp Solution is usually applied to your scalp or other hairy areas affected by psoriasis; once in the morning and again at night. It is absorbed into your skin cells where it will help to normalize your skin cell growth cycle and allow time for the old cells to have flaked and fallen away.
We shed our skin about every four weeks as the new cells push to the surface. However, for those with psoriasis, new skin cell production has sped up while the old skin cells are still waiting to dry up and fall off. What happens instead is the older skin cells begin to bunch-up as the new cells appear and they form a raised patch of skin. Plaque psoriasis most often forms on your scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back, causing redness, itching, and even embarrassment.
The cause of psoriasis is not fully known. It is thought to be related to an immune system problem in the body, specifically a malfunction of a white blood cell known as a “T” cell. It is thought that genetics or environmental factors may also be linked to psoriasis. There is no cure for psoriasis, only treatments when you have a flare-up.
Discuss other medical conditions you have and whether you are currently undergoing phototherapy treatment for your psoriasis. Inform your doctor of any OTC and Rx drugs you are taking, including herbal remedies and vitamin supplements to be certain there will not be any negative reactions with the absorption of Dovonex Scalp Solution.
You should not apply Dovonex Scalp Solution to your face. Any that runs offs your scalp and onto your face should be washed away immediately. Do not apply other products for plaque psoriasis while using Dovonex Scalp Solution unless directed to do so by your doctor. Keep out of reach of children and do not apply Dovonex Scalp Solution to any child under two years of age. Dovonex Scalp Solution will make treated skin areas more sensitive to sunlight so wear protective clothing when outside.