I have crohn's-coltis, but even still I have struggled for about
12 years (since being diagnosed) to find some relief from an itchy, flaky, and very red at times scalp. Been to the doctors and tried everything form Tar shampoos to Nizerol to prescript
ion shampoos and nothing worked. Most made it feel drier and itchier than ever. It would hurt to even comb my hair sometimes. I also tried the natural stuff like Apple Cider Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil, and various other natural things like all organic shampoo and conditioners but none of these did anything either. The only thing that really helped was sunshine in the summer of all things.
Then I had a long chat with my pharmacist a short while ago - he's become a good friend. I explained the issue and he told me to do two things right away:
One - go to my doctor and get a prescript
ion for Betaderm (Betamethasone Valerate) - a topical coticosteriod. This worked wonders as long as I used it twice daily. But even then in the winter my scalp was very flaky and sometimes itchy.
The second thing he said was to use Head & Shoulders "Clinical Strength". I wish I had taken his advise on this sooner. I just sort of said to myself if the prescript
ion shampoos wouldn't work why would this? What my pharmacists said was the first time you use it, to lather it up, let it sit for about
5 minutes and rinse well for a couple of minutes, then he said lather up again right after, and go do something. Let it sit on your scalp for a good 10-15 minutes and go read or something occasionally stopping to rub it in and or apply more and work it in over the 10-15 minutes. Then he said to rise very well again for a few minutes.
I'll honestly say that one single application like this took all the redness and itching away. It blew me away.
I can't speak for anyone else but this did the trick for me at least.
My pharmacist said there is no proof, but he feels people with IBD have issues in dealing with fungus as well as general immune function. He said this shampoo will address both, and to alternate between regular head and shoulders for daily cleaning and "clinical strength" for 2-3 times a week special treatment. The dude fixed me up and I'm super thankful so I thought I'd share his advice. Plus it's all cheap and easy.
I'd try the head and shoulders prior to the steroid lotion just to see if it helps and then add the steroid prescript
ion if you need a little more help dealing with it.
Might be worth a shot - again the shampoo is pretty cheap.
Post Edited (Canada Mark) : 12/20/2014 1:42:29 PM (GMT-7)