Eczema on the scalp is absolutely awful. This is in part down to the fact that unlike other forms of eczema it is going to be nigh on impossible to hide. When you suffer from eczema on the scalp then flaking is going to occur. This will lead to dandruff like symptoms. On this page I am going to talk to you a little bit about treating this awful condition of the scalp. Remember; eczema is sadly not a condition that can be cured, but it can almost certainly be brought to the point where it is going to be fairly manageable for anybody dealing with it…providing you take the steps required now.
Firstly; it is going to be important for you to determine whether you are actually suffering from eczema or not. There are a number of other conditions out there, including psoriasis, which can give exactly the same symptoms as eczema. The only way in which to determine which condition you are suffering from is to pay a trip to your local doctor who will be able to pinpoint exactly what is going on. It is important that you do not use any method to treat the condition until you know what you are suffering from as there is a good chance that you will end up making things worse as opposed to better.
If you are suffering from a severe case of eczema on the scalp then it is likely that your doctor will prescribe you with some sort of cream that you can rub into the impacted areas. This will not only speed up the healing of the skin but it will also loosen the scales on the scalp somewhat. This should make them pretty easy to remove. You may also find that using a good quality shampoo, and we will discuss a little bit more on that in a second, will also help when it comes to treating eczema on the scalp.
Corticosteroids and Antihistamines
There are many different medications that your doctor may wish to prescribe you if you are dealing with eczema of the scalp. The exact medication will of course depend on the severity of your symptoms. It is most likely that they will prescribe you with corticosteroid medications that can be applied topically. You may also be prescribed with some oral antihistamines. The job of the first type of medication will be to greatly reduce the inflammation of the condition. It is however worth noting that you will never be prescribed corticosteroids on a long term basis. As you can probably guess from the name; corticosteroids are steroids. This means that if they are used for too long in the same location then they can cause a ton of really bad side-effects. It is likely that your doctor will put you down for a short course of the medication, take a little look at how you are reacting, and if there are no side-effects and the corticosteroids seem to be having an impact on the eczema then they will probably put you down for some more before checking over your symptoms again at the end of that course. The job of the antihistamines will be to clear up the itching somewhat. They tend to be fairly effective too.
As you may well know; from time to time your eczema is going to become infected. It is a break in the skin after all and your immune system is obviously not acting to its full capabilities. If this is the case then your doctor will prescribe you with some antibiotics which should help bring down the infection. Just like the corticosteroids it is unlikely that you will be prescribed the antibiotics for a long period of time. This is down to the fact that long-term usage of antibiotics will result in the bacteria that has impacted your eczema starting to build up a tolerance to the medication and that will result in it no longer working. This means that the doctors are only likely to supply you with this type of medication in the most severe cases of infection!
Warm Olive Oil
Many people find that the best way for them to remove the scales of eczema will be to obtain some warmed olive oil. You do not need a lot of it at all. Gently massage the warmed olive oil into your scalp. You should leave it in place for about one hour. This should loosen the scales up just enough for them to be fairly easy to remove.
Remember; it is important that you use a good quality soft brush for the removal of the scales otherwise it will end up causing far more damage to your scalp than you really want to deal with.
Avoid Long and Hot Showers
It is important that you try to avoid really long and hot showers when you are dealing with eczema on the scalp. Any doctor out there will tell you that exposing your scalp to hot water for long periods of time will end up making your scalp eczema a whole lot worse. Not only will it increase the amount that your scalp is itching, and this will be an almost effect, but it will also increase scaling. In short; it is going to end up making your eczema look and feel a whole lot worse. Find out more about natural eczema treatment.
Shampoo: Which One Shall I Use?
As eczema tends to have dandruff-like symptoms to vast majority of people out there will opt for anti-dandruff shampoo to try and clear up the signs of the condition somewhat. This is not a route that I suggest you take, particularly if you purchase anti-dandruff shampoo from one of the big brands. You have to realize that your dandruff-like symptoms are not actually dandruff. They are created by a deep-rooted medical problem.
Most anti-dandruff shampoos on the market are rife with chemicals and scents. None of this is going to be good for cleaning up your symptoms. In fact; many people will most likely find that using the wrong type of shampoo will lead to more problems than it solves. If you are going to go down the route of anti-dandruff shampoo in order to hide those flakes somewhat then I really do suggest that you only opt for shampoo which is 100% natural. We will discuss a little bit more about why you should be doing that in a second.
Shampoos with these ingredients, often prescribed by the doctor or purchased from your local pharmacy, will have a positive impact on your symptoms:
- Zinc Pyrithione
- Salicylic Acid
These ingredients will greatly reduce the inflammation on your scalp, help to clear up flaking, and will greatly reduce the itching.
If you can however I really do suggest that you try and get hold of a high quality, natural shampoo. This is incredibly important. Now; whilst the medicated treatments are going to have an impact on your scalp and may help clear up your symptoms, they are never going to be ideal for usage on a long-term basis. This is mostly down to the fact that they have a number of different side-effects. They may have an impact at the start but the more you use them, the more you will notice that they have less of an impact. You may even find that your symptoms end up getting a whole lot worse. You do not get this with natural shampoo treatments. Sure; there may be one or two issues at the start, but for the most part you should be able to use natural shampoo treatments on a permanent basis without worrying about your condition ending up getting a lot worse.
Is the Medical Route Truly The Best?
Another reason as to why you may wish to avoid the medical route is down to the fact that medical treatments will not try and tackle the underlying cause of the eczema. They are only developed to help tackle the symptoms. This means that if you are going through a particular bad eczema flare-up then your symptoms will most likely end up retuning pretty quickly after you discontinue treatment. Natural treatments will try and clear up the symptoms whilst at the same time fighting against whatever is causing that particular eczema flare-up. This results in a far better treatment.
Remember what I said at the start; if you are dealing with eczema then it is absolutely vital that you head to your doctor as soon as you possibly can. This is so that they can take a long, hard look at your symptoms and determine what condition you are actually suffering from. No matter what treatment plan you are going to opt for, although it is really suggested that you go down the medical route, it is important that you take the time to have your symptoms looked at so you know what you are actually dealing with. After all; utilizing the wrong medication or treatment on your scalp could result in you making your problems a whole lot worse than they need to be.