Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Can Toxins Cause Dry Scalp?

Monday, 19 July 2010 01:10 PM

Question: I am a moderately active, slightly overweight woman who for 14 months has suffered from an itchy, extremely dry scalp. I've consulted dermatologists, but their treatments haven’t helped. I recently turned to herbal medicine and have had some itching relief from tea tree oil and shampoo, but it has done nothing to treat the underlying condition. I am also in the process of a detox program. If it is caused by toxins, I hope this will begin to address the problem. Do you have any suggestions?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Dry, healthy scalp and diseased scalp have very different recommendations. Usually problems such as yours are localized and do not reflect internal disease and ingestion of "toxins," so don’t waste your money on detox programs. Sometimes a dermatologist can send a scalp scraping to the lab for pathological examination and fungal stain and culture to aid further evaluation and treatment.

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