How Can I Treat My Itchy Scalp?

Monday, 29 Jul 2013 09:48 AM

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Question: I have extremely itchy skin on my scalp and my chest. What’s the best treatment for this?


Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Sometimes patients with this condition have psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or even a contact dermatitis. I’d ask for a dermatology consultation. While awaiting your consultation, ask your doctor if he or she thinks you should try a topical antifungal shampoo containing a low level of corticosteroid twice a day.

You might also try a tar-based shampoo and see if it makes a difference, until you can meet with a dermatologist. In the meantime, discontinue all other topical treatments you are using and avoid any hair coloring products you may be using.

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