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Chronically itchy scalp - can you help me?

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  • Posted By: cantfigureitout
  • December 21, 2008
  • 11:22 PM

I'm wondering if anyone has a suggestion for me I haven't already tried.
A few years ago, I had a bad reaction to hair dye. My hair fell out, I had itchy scalp and pain.
Not understanding what had happened, when my scalp felt better, I tried the dye again and had the same negative reaction. I haven't used hair dye since. Several months later, I began having severe scalp issues - hair falling out, intense itchiness, painful follicles. This has gone on for more than a year.
I have been to see a dermatologist, who diagnosed seborrhoiec dermatitis. She prescribed Ketoconazole and Selsun Blue. But the Selsun Blue made my head worse.
The Ketoconazole and spritzes of Listerine provide relief, but nothing fixes the problem. It always comes back before the end of the day. With the itchiness always comes little bumps - not oozing or scaly - kind of the bumps you would get with a mosquito bite.
I went to see an allergist who did a full back test. Apparently, I'm allergic to the para-phenylenadiamine in hair dye (I'm also allergic to sulfa, and I understand now the two can be related. Sure wish I'd know that - I would never have dyed my hair in the first place.)
The allergist suggested a scalp oil, but then I have to wash out the oil, and that is irritating to my scalp. She also suggested getting rid of commercial shampoos, and I have done that, but the problem continues.
I went to see a burn specialist, but he said the problem wasn't really in his area.
Another dermatologist said perhaps I'm low on iron, and I do tend to be low on iron, but I have been taking supplements with no noticeable improvement, plus all of my iron tests come back normal.
I have gone through menopause - but my symptoms were mild, and I am finished with the process.
I have managed to slow down the hair loss, but my hair is thin and my scalp is incredibly irritable. Even brushing it sets off a frenzy of itchiness. Wearing a hat does seem to help, although the weight of even the lightest hat eventually causes my hair roots to hurt.
This problem has dramatically changed the qualify of my life.
I hope someone out there has a suggestion for me. I realize this is not a fatal illness, but it is a constant source of difficulty. The itching and hair pain is almost more than I can stand some days.

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