Dandruff - Mesa,AZ

Updated on August 06, 2010
M.M. asks from Omaha, NE
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Hi. I have had dandruff for a long time--mostly it's just a film on my head and when I scratch my head it gets in my nails, but it's not flakey. The dermatologist gave me a prescription that is a solution that I put all over my scalp twice a day. Well, instead of getting better, it got a lot worse. It became really itchy and really flakey. After about 1 1/2 weeks of this I called the dr. and asked 1. how long I am supposed to use this before it starts working 2. Is it supposed to get worse before it gets better and 3. Will I have to take this twice a day for the rest of my life?
The doctor said I would have to use it for a month before it started working and yes it gets worse before it gets better and I'll need to take it when ever I have a dandruff episode. So needless to say, I'm not taking it anymore. It didn't make sense to me take it when it makes my dandruff really bad for a whole month. And that this would happen every time my dandruff returned.
So my question is that I'm wondering if this has happened to anyone else out there--where you were prescribed a solution for your scalp and it just made your dandruff worse or did it actually make it better for you? And if it did make it better, did it take a month? Also, has anyone had used something that worked really well for dandruff--prescription or over the counter? FYI: Right now I'm also using T-gel shampoo. Thanks for your help!

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answers from Norfolk on

I dissolve an aspirin (uncoated - till the tablet falls apart) and add that to the little bit of shampoo I wash my hair with. It clears it up for me within a few days.

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answers from Phoenix on

I use the T-gel shampoo and conditioner. It works pretty well for me. My mother used to use a cream/ointment called "Tegrin". Reducing your stress levels can help with break-outs, but I have a hard time reducing stress. Maybe you will do better. Hope this was some help.




answers from Phoenix on

Yes, I've had problems with dandruff but found the best solution is peppermint. I've used a peppermint shampoo by Bed Head that works well, but the best solution is to just add peppermint essential oil to my shampoo and conditioner. I put about 10-20 drops into each of my bottles. The absolute best essential oil comes from a company call doTerra, check it out... http://www.doterra.myvoffice.com/blancabowman/

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answers from New York on

My tween has been having this problem until April when I started using a Rosemary mint shampoo and alternating with either vitamin shampoo or a clarifying shampoo. However, this past month, the oily hair and a few "salt" like dandruffs have returned @#*&%! I don't know if it's from the handful of times she went in a pool or something else. I always put conditioner in her hair prior to swimming and she washes her hair soon after swimming. Of course, none of her peers are having a problem like this, so now it's a big concern for her!



answers from Phoenix on

Hi there, I'm not sure if you have the same issue I have had in the past, but it sounds similar to what I have experienced: https://health.google.com/health/ref/Seborrheic+dermatitis. Over the counter shampoos like T-gel did not help. What did help is hydrocortisone cream on the areas it occurred. I just put it on at night. You could also try switching your hair products occassionally, so your skin doesn't get used to them. However, the first thing I would do if you don't already is to take a high quality fish oil, that might clear it right up for you. I suggest Nordic Naturals liquid oil in lemon flavor. It has no fishy taste and I can even take it on a empty stomach with none of the gross fish burps.



answers from Saginaw on

Prescriptions and T-gel do make it worse before better. As a stylist I always recommend Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner as an alternative and it sooths the itching too.



answers from Albuquerque on

If you're looking for a more natural cure, eating Ayurvedic foods can help. You're probably missing some essential oils or something. Good luck!

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