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Treatments For Scalp Disorders
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Treatments For Scalp Disorders

Scalp dermatoses are skin disorders that can cause the scalp to become red, irritated, flaky and itchy. The most common conditions are scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and atopic dermatitis (eczema). If you have any of these scalp conditions, you are one of millions of affected Americans.

Although chronic scalp problems can be extremely frustrating, there are a range of treatment options available. Unfortunately, troublesome side effects and inconvenient application can make some treatments more bothersome than the skin condition itself. Therefore, it is important to select a treatment regimen that is right for you and your lifestyle.

Some common treatments are

Tar products are available over-the-counter or by prescription in shampoos, creams, gels, oils, ointments and soaps. While effective and often used in combination with other treatments, they can stain clothing, sheets and pillows; have a strong odor; and can leave a greasy residue on skin and hair.

Anathralin is one of the oldest prescription treatments and is available in various strengths. Potent strengths are sometimes used when other therapies fail. Anathralin can irritate skin and stain clothing.

Calcipotriene is a topical prescription medication. Recent studies have shown that scalp lesions cleared in 31% of patients within eight weeks. It can, however, be irritating, especially on the face and near the eyes.

Topical steroids are effective therapies which come in solutions, gels, creams, lotions, sprays, ointments, and a foam formulation. These therapies range in strength from low potency to super-high potency. While these medications work well, some people hesitate to use them because they can be difficult to apply, and can be messy and leave a greasy residue in the hair.

One of the latest prescription treatments available in a unique foam formulation is Luxiq (betamethasone valerate) foam, 0.12%. This easy-to-apply foam absorbs rapidly and doesn't stain or leave a messy residue. Its side effects are minimal, with initial mild stinging that disappears shortly after application.

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