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What over-the-counter shampoos should I use for dandruff/dry scalp?

CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS

Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic disease that may result in redness and/or greasy scale of the scalp, face, chest and armpits. It is not curable, but may be controlled by medicines that reduce scale, decrease redness, and relieve itching. Antifungal medicines may also help by reducing yeasts that grow on the skin and worsen the condition.

PREVENTION AND TREATMENT

· The following shampoos are beneficial for seborrheic dermatitis:

DHS Sal
Head and Shoulders
Neutrogena T-Gel, T-Sal
Nizoral shampoo (prescription strength or over the counter)
Sebulex/Sulfoam
Selsun Blue
Capex prescription shampoo
Capitrol shampoo
Clobex shampoo

· Other shampoos, not listed here, may be beneficial as well. Be certain, no matter which shampoo you use, to rotate between shampoos and not rely on the same product all the time. Rotation of shampoos helps to better treat seborrheic dermatitis.
· Massage the shampoo into your hair and scalp. You may also use the shampoo on your face (avoid contact with eyes), ears, chest, and armpits.
· Try to leave the shampoo on your skin for 10-15 minutes (as able) before rinsing.
Your physician may also prescribe a topical medication for your seborrheic dermatitis. Apply as directed and do not rinse off.

RISKS OF TOPICAL STEROIDS

· Topical steroids are beneficial in the treatment of many skin conditions. If you are prescribed these medications, you should know certain risks associated with this treatment.
· With repeated use topical steroids may cause atrophy (thinning), hypopigmentation (lightening), broken blood vessels, and/or ulceration of treated skin.
· Use these medications just as your doctor prescribes to prevent such side effects.

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