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Mrs. Brady
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   Posted 12/4/2017 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope everyone is doing well. For the first time ever I have developed a severe case of dandruff. What do you recommend to treat it? I bought some coal tar shampoo but then did some research and apparently if you have lupus you should contact your doctor before using. Well, I am not going to bother my rheumy about a case of dandruff, that just feels plain silly. What products can you guys recommend? Of course during my searches I found some Humira users reporting dandruff as a side effect of Humira - thoughts on that one? I'd take dandruff over UC any day, just curious what everyone's thoughts are on that one.

Thanks!
Hoshimoto's Hypothyroidism DX Oct 1997
Pancolitis DX Nov 2013
GERD DX Nov 2013
Lupus, DX Sept 2015
Medications - Synthroid; Hydrocort Enemas (as needed); Prilosec; Iron; Plaquenil; Vit D, Humira weekly
Past Meds: Lialda and Imuran - adverse reactions to both, discontinued

songlady
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   Posted 12/4/2017 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I just finished my post and read yours! I don't seem to have dandruff, but I sure have itching! How about you?
Age 61. Diagnosed UP 1983, UC 1986
Humira started 6/5/17
Lialda, 4 pills a day
Metamucil - 2 doses/day
two hips replaced thanks to pred.
Bentyl as needed as of 8/31/17
Surgery scheduled for 12/28/17 because of dyplasia!

Eph
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   Posted 12/4/2017 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
The key with dandruff is to switch medications periodically. I usually use coal tar for two months, then switch to one of the other options for a couple months.
53 year old male
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1988
Apriso 3pills/day while in remission. 4x/day during flare.
2000IU Vit D3 daily.
Started LDN on 5/11 (4.5mg caps). Reduced to 3mg 11/13.
Various probiotics
1.4g Curcumin (Tumeric) (increased to 2.8g/day 3/15)
Ginger tea nightly
Symptom free from 9/2016-11/2017. In minor flare now.

Mrs. Brady
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   Posted 12/4/2017 12:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Like a Head and Shoulders? I haven't used any of these products before so I'm not sure what to try. My kids had issues with dandruff for a while when they were little and I used the coal tar shampoo on them so that was my first go to.
Hoshimoto's Hypothyroidism DX Oct 1997
Pancolitis DX Nov 2013
GERD DX Nov 2013
Lupus, DX Sept 2015
Medications - Synthroid; Hydrocort Enemas (as needed); Prilosec; Iron; Plaquenil; Vit D, Humira weekly
Past Meds: Lialda and Imuran - adverse reactions to both, discontinued

Connor77
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   Posted 12/4/2017 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Depends on what's causing the dandruff. Is it just dry skin, seborrhea, or full on psoriasis?

If it's dry skin then adding some essential fatty acids like fish oil to your diet, and using a good moisturizing conditioner could help.

If it's seborrhea then it's probably either related to a new environmental exposure (like a new shampoo), something diet related, or even something like candida.

If it's psoriasis then it could be related to pre-existing auto-immune. I get really bad dandruff when I flare but usually it's because of explosive candida growth. When I take grapefruit seed extract it goes away.

countess18
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Mrs Brady

unrelated but how are you doing UC wise? Did you have to add another med along with the Humira?

Michelejc
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
You could try a shampoo with tea tree oil in it. Tea tree oil has anti fungal properties which eliminates dandruff. Go to sites like Puritan Pride:

https://www.puritan.com/mvc/Catalog/Search?searchText=tea%20tree%20oil%20shampoo
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59, female - diagnosed with moderately severe proctitis/mild diverticulosis
Lialda - one a day
6mp - 50 miligrams
VSL#3 DS - 1 pack a day or as needed
Zocor - 40 mg
Calcium with Vitamin D
Glucosamine
Magnesium
B-Complex

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notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to use this really smelly "jason" brand natural "dandruff relief" shampoo when I had issues. It smells bad but it always seemed to work for me. It's in a brown bottle. They sell it all over, I got it on amazon.
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Michelejc
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   Posted 12/7/2017 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
notsosicklygirl said...
I used to use this really smelly "jason" brand natural "dandruff relief" shampoo when I had issues. It smells bad but it always seemed to work for me. It's in a brown bottle. They sell it all over, I got it on amazon.


I think they sell that on Puritan Pride site.
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59, female - diagnosed with moderately severe proctitis/mild diverticulosis
Lialda - one a day
6mp - 50 miligrams
VSL#3 DS - 1 pack a day or as needed
Zocor - 40 mg
Calcium with Vitamin D
Glucosamine
Magnesium
B-Complex

"Fly under the radar" - Dad -

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 12/7/2017 11:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Michelejc said...
notsosicklygirl said...
I used to use this really smelly "jason" brand natural "dandruff relief" shampoo when I had issues. It smells bad but it always seemed to work for me. It's in a brown bottle. They sell it all over, I got it on amazon.


I think they sell that on Puritan Pride site.


That stuff stinks, but it works!

I buy vitamins from there but I didn't know they sold all types of products cool
Co-moderator: Ulcerative Colitis
Currently: no meds. 6/15 Step One J-pouch Surgery Complete! 9/15 Step Two Complete! 11/15 Step 3 Complete!

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.

Michelejc
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   Posted 12/7/2017 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
notsosicklygirl said...
Michelejc said...
notsosicklygirl said...
I used to use this really smelly "jason" brand natural "dandruff relief" shampoo when I had issues. It smells bad but it always seemed to work for me. It's in a brown bottle. They sell it all over, I got it on amazon.


I think they sell that on Puritan Pride site.


That stuff stinks, but it works!

I buy vitamins from there but I didn't know they sold all types of products cool


They have tons of good stuff on that site.
MODERATOR-UC FORUM
59, female - diagnosed with moderately severe proctitis/mild diverticulosis
Lialda - one a day
6mp - 50 miligrams
VSL#3 DS - 1 pack a day or as needed
Zocor - 40 mg
Calcium with Vitamin D
Glucosamine
Magnesium
B-Complex

"Fly under the radar" - Dad -

Maria115
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   Posted 12/28/2017 3:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering for ages why all the anti-dandruff shampoos didn't work on me.
My scalp has been itchy and sore for a long time now, so I didn't include that in my thinking process. But, it looks like that's the perpetrator!
I will try some solutions for my dry scalp from tomorrow on. I read some mask recipes on http://ohealthyeah.com/dandruff/ and I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with them or knows how to improve my scalp care with a natural, organic mask?

Mrs. Brady
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   Posted 12/28/2017 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Countess 18 - I didn't see the above post. I haven't added the MTX yet as I am now back in remission, not sure if it's the Uceris or the flare just subsided. I have about 4 days of Uceris left and I am due for my annual scope in early March. My plan at this point is to stop the Uceris after I finish the script and see what the results of the scope are. I really don't want to add MTX but then again, I don't want to jump ship on Humira as that leaves me with one less med to try. How are you feeling on the Humira?
Hoshimoto's Hypothyroidism DX Oct 1997
Pancolitis DX Nov 2013
GERD DX Nov 2013
Lupus, DX Sept 2015
Medications - Synthroid; Hydrocort Enemas (as needed); Prilosec; Iron; Plaquenil; Vit D, Humira weekly
Past Meds: Lialda and Imuran - adverse reactions to both, discontinued

countess18
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   Posted 12/28/2017 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey
I just happened to be on when you responded. I weaned off of prednisone a few days ago so that is a great accomplishment. I am in remission and actually saw great results approx 3 weeks after starting. I have to get used to the idea of being on a biologic in the first place and I feel like I have to take every trip on my bucket list in case it stops working. I am glad that you got right back into remission and were able to take Uceris and not prednisone. Have you heard of a lot of people in remission on Humira for a lot of years? I never want to take prednisone again!
Thanks

T
diagnosed proctitis April 2016 s/p a c diff infection age 53
Nov 2017- ?Crohns colitis left side - mild/moderate
remission March-Sept 2017 then flared again-failed prednisone wean
started Humira 11/17/17, prednisone taper 5mg per week, balsalazide 3/ 3x day cannot tolerate Lialda or probiotics
past meds- cortifoam, canasa, rowasa, plan is -will be off all meds except Humira

Mrs. Brady
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   Posted 12/28/2017 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad you were able to get off the devil's tic tacs, I HATE pred! I have heard of people being on it for years for UC and it still working. I belong to a Facebook group called Humira Junkies, lots of success stories. I know what you mean about coming to terms with being on a biologic. It took me a while, now it's a non-issue. I just wash my hands constantly, don't touch door handles and try to avoid sick people. It's not as scary as I had built it up to be in my mind. Funny that now I want to stay on Humira and don't want to switch to another med that I would have to go to have infused. I'd rather have my 10 second stick in the comfort of my own home. May your remission last!!
Hoshimoto's Hypothyroidism DX Oct 1997
Pancolitis DX Nov 2013
GERD DX Nov 2013
Lupus, DX Sept 2015
Medications - Synthroid; Hydrocort Enemas (as needed); Prilosec; Iron; Plaquenil; Vit D, Humira weekly
Past Meds: Lialda and Imuran - adverse reactions to both, discontinued
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