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.
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How Can I Treat My Itchy Scalp?

Friday, 19 October 2012 09:32 AM

Question: I have been diagnosed with chronic folliculitis mainly on my scalp and also my chest. It is very itchy, unsightly and uncomfortable. What do you think is the best treatment for this? I’m a man in my 60s.

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Sometimes patients diagnosed with folliculitis actually 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 dermatology specialist. In the meantime, discontinue all other topical treatments you are using and avoid using hair coloring products.

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Antifungal and tar-based shampoos can be effective in treating an itchy scalp.
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