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What causes itching on the scalp while suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica?

I have polymyalgia rheumatica. Prednisone has relieved the symptoms, and after a year and a half I am on 3 mg a day. I am one of the lucky ones. I have only 2 mild side effects - dry hair and a bit of a rash. I remember the rash started before I was diagnosed. It went away until a month ago. Itchy area on my scalp, then it moved to the other side of my head - and now, once or twice a day I get a horrible itch on my chest. I have been treating it with over the counter cortisone cream - it doesn t seem to be clearing it up. Any suggestions?
Thu, 11 Apr 2019
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Hi Dear,

Understanding your concern. As per your query you have symptoms of itching on the scalp while suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica which is mainly medication effects and due to systemic conditions.

Need not to worry. I would suggest you to do olive oil massage on scalp. Maintain hygiene by using shampoo often using Salicylic acid shampoo. Avoid exposure to sunlight. You should cut back on styling products, hair sprays, and styling gels. Apply anti-dandruff product containing Ketoconazole. Eat a healthy diet. Consult dermatologist for proper examination and treatment. Doctor may prescribe antifungal medicine and shampoo for your symptoms.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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What causes itching on the scalp while suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica?

Hi Dear, Understanding your concern. As per your query you have symptoms of itching on the scalp while suffering from polymyalgia rheumatica which is mainly medication effects and due to systemic conditions. Need not to worry. I would suggest you to do olive oil massage on scalp. Maintain hygiene by using shampoo often using Salicylic acid shampoo. Avoid exposure to sunlight. You should cut back on styling products, hair sprays, and styling gels. Apply anti-dandruff product containing Ketoconazole. Eat a healthy diet. Consult dermatologist for proper examination and treatment. Doctor may prescribe antifungal medicine and shampoo for your symptoms. Hope your concern has been resolved. Best Wishes, Dr. Harry Maheshwari