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ask: dry scaley scalp

By Anonymous

my head itches and I pull white scales off andit looks like snow on my shoulder.I have have had this problem for awhile I went to my doctor he prescribed shampoo and lotions but not helping

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Alison Beaver

That is great that you went to your doctor to talk about your symptoms, and if the prescribed shampoo and other treatments are not working, please call your doctor and let him/her know. If your doctor does not hear back from you...s/he will assume your symptoms are alleviated and treatment is working.

There are many "next steps" as far as treatment options. Your doctor can determine the cause of your symptoms, whether it is dandruff or related to a medical condition that needs stronger treatment. Have you been diagnosed with Seborrheic Dermatitis? If so, you can read about this condition and possible treatment options below (and by clicking on the term "seborrheic dermatitis":
Treatments for seborrheic dermatitis are usually applied directly to the skin in the form of shampoo or lotion. Treatment depends on the severity of your condition and your symptoms. Treatment can take several weeks or months and may need to be repeated if the condition recurs.

A wide variety of treatments are used for seborrheic dermatitis. These include:
* Prescription or over-the-counter shampoos containing one or more of the following ingredients:
o Pyrithione zinc
o Hydrocortisone or other cortisone (steroid) preparations
o Selenium sulfide
o Salicylic acid, sulfur
o Coal tar
o Ketoconazole or other antifungal medications
* Prescription or over-the-counter creams or lotions containing:
o Hydrocortisone or other cortisone (steroid) preparations
o Ketoconazole or other antifungal medications
o Pimecrolimus

October 30, 2011 - 8:46pm
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