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I've been scratching itchy scalp for a year.

By Anonymous February 12, 2018 - 1:38pm
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Started using some anti dandruff shampoos. Dermatologist prescribed cortisone lotion. Just got worse. Have tried tea tree oil coconut oil magnesium oil peppermint oil rosemary lavender. Have cut my own once long hair. Longest I have lasted in not scratching is a few days to a week wearing scarves on head. My hair feels destroyed. Scalp red and tight and painful. I am senior woman with limited income. ACV Stinks and so do essential oils. Ashamed of appearance. I used to feel beautiful with gorgeous long colored hair and noe sport a mouse brown botched short hair cut and can see my own scalp from obsessive picking and scratching. I need help. My cat is sensitive to essential oils which stink anyway.

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing and I'm sorry you're having such trouble with your scalp. It's hard to lose beautiful hair over an unknown condition.

Two more things to try (even though I'm sure you're tired of that) is apple cider vinegar (apply it to your scalp and leave for a couple of hours. Yes, it'll smell, but it's worth it to try. Do it several times. If it doesn't help, try tea tree oil.

Another thought - have you been tested for an overgrowth of yeast? This can affect the forehead and the scalp very much - a two week course of medication can help. It's worth it to mention this to your doctor. I had a "yeast infection" (overgrowth) of the forehead - little bumps (hundreds) everywhere and constant itching. It cleared right up with medication and I never experienced it again - this was about 20 years ago. The scalp is a continuation of the skin.

February 12, 2018 - 5:01pm
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