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Do you see any visible dandruff in the hair?
Do you have any other medical problems?
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There are two possibilities given your history. The first is Scalp Psoriasis and the second is Seborrheic Dermatitis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition where skin is made faster than normal - any body area may be affected but scalp is one of the commonest. Seborrheic Dermatitis on the other hand is a type of dry eczema related to a scalp yeast. Both conditions have more of a nuisance value than anything else; they are not harmful or dangerous. Both can occur for the first time any time in life.If possible I would recommend discussing both of these with your doctor since they are best treated with prescription products. If not here is what I would recommend as far as an over the counter regimen goes:Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo: Mix in equal proportion and lather onto the scalp. Leave on for 5 minutes and then rinse off. Do this every alternate day. These shampoos can make the hair dry so make sure you condition afterwards.Mg 217 Psoriasis lotion: Apply once at night before sleeping and then wash off in the morning. Use daily for 6 weeks and then 2-3 times a week for 3 months.Omega-3 Fatty Acid capsules: one morning and evening for 3 months. Tablet Claritin or Zyrtec 10 mg can be taken once or twice a day as required for itching.No hair oil application
NOTE: All of the above are available over the counter without a prescription. You can also buy them online at sites like amazon.
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