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Is itchy scalp a side effect of using head and shoulders anti dandruff shampoo twice a week ?

Itchy Scalp - Allergic to Dandruff Shampoo? Or Don't Use Often ENOUGH? How do you know if your scalp is just itchy cause you don t use dandruff shampoo often ENOUGH, or if you re allergic to some chemical in the dandruff shampoo so it just keeps irritating the scalp? I only use dandruff shampoo, and I only shampoo about 2x a week. No dandruff but itchy scalp, so I continue to use it and it doesn t help very much. Last night I used the clinical strength head & shoulders (active ingredient 1% selenium sulfide for seborrheic dermatitis ) & it said to rinse and repeat. Instead I rinsed & used the regular head & shoulders (active ingredient 1% pyrithione zinc for dandruff). Had to get out of the shower it was so painful & I had red burn marks on my scalp. Maybe some kind of chemical reaction between those two?!
Wed, 25 Jan 2012
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hi
u have very sensitive scalp skin.
u need to apply antidandruff shampoo only when u have problem
once it clear u should switch to normal shampoo.
do conditioner to keep hair smooth and soft
u need to apply antifugal lotion and mild steroid over scalp to overcome ur problem.
what u have is irritant contact dermatitis due to chemical in shampoo
u need to consult dermatologist
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