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I have an itchy forehead and have had for a couple of months. I feel I need to do something about it as it is getting no better. The itch can be in my eyebrows too. It is sort of prickly. The is no itch anywhere on my head or face other that forehead. I would try anything to stop it.
Already Tried: Antihistamine tablets - but not keen to take them all the time.
Thank you for the information. It sounds like you have a mild case of Seborrheic Dermatitis. This is a condition where the body loses tolerance for a yeast called Malassezia (which is present normally on all our skins) and starts attacking it leading to redness and scaling. Itching is variable but can be severe and in some cases can be the predominant symptom (as in yours).
Here is what I would recommend trying:1. 1% Cortizone cream + 1% Clotrimazole cream: Mix and apply twice a day for 14 days over the affected area. Then once at night for 4 weeks.2. Tab Claritin 10 mg morning and evening for 14 days3. Cap Lumitene (Beta Carotene) one morning and evening for 1 month. This is an excellent anti-oxidant and decreases the itching associated with this condition.4. Tab Biotin 5 mg - morning and evening for 3 months. This helps prevent recurrences.
NOTE: All of the above are available without a prescription.
Hope this information is useful, please feel free to ask if you have any queries.
What is the cause of this? Can I just go into any chemist and they will have these? Do I need them all?
Yes you can buy them all at your local pharmacy without a prescription as well as online at www.amazon.comThe regimen works best when all the measures are done but if it looks like too much then the first 2 measures are the only essential ones (the cream mixture and claritin).Regarding the cause - as I said it is a sort of hypersensitivity reaction to a yeast that is normally present on all our bodies. Why this hypersensitivity develops is not known though.