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A 29-year-old female asked:

Have hashimotos 29 year old. have very inflamed itchy scalp for 7 mths.seen 2 dermatologists, tried cortisone crm.ana neg, thyroid levels good. very depressed. :(?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Deep breath: Is the itchy scalp causing the depression or tis the depression causing an exacerbation of the scalp. Go to a new derm. Get a bx of the scalp. You may have seborrheic dermatitis that has a different treatment regiment. If the scalp is cured and you are still depressed you need to treat the depression. There are many options.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 46 years experience
See immunologist: Hashimotos is an auto immune disease. Though skin conditions are not typically described in hashimoto's, it is likely you may have some autoimmune disorder of the skin. Did the dermatologists suggest a skin biopsy? You may also benefit by seeing a allergy and immunology specialist.
Dr. Joseph Mathews
Endocrinology 16 years experience
Hashimoto's: Has been associated with hair loss despite correction of the thyroid hormones in the blood. This likely has to do with the body producing additional antibodies directed at hair follicles that we don't detect (or hashimoto antibodies that also cross react with hair follicles). Depression has also been associated with hair loss. You should talk to your dermatologist to ensure all else is excluded.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Contact allergy: In overactive thyroid, the inflammation would not be confined to the scalp. I suspect that you may have developed a contact allergy to a coommon ingredient in the hair products or even hair dye. Perhaps a patch test panel may help to detect the contact allergen. In the meanwhile, try something like itch x spray to reduce the itching. Perhaps a more potent cortisone spray is needed.
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
See another dermatol: You need a clear diagnosis to explain the itch. When you say "inflamed" do you mean red and swollen? You may need clobetasol solution or gel as well as regular therapeutic shampoo. Do not blame it on depression or thyroiditis. Save your money: you will derive no benefit from omega 3 or fish oil. When you go, bring everything ever used for scalp.
Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Make sure your thyroid status is normal. Make sure you are not iodine deficient. See your family doc or a psychiatrist for help with your depression. Also seek out cognitive behavioral therapy. Best wishes. Read: Iodine, why you need. It and why you can't live without it by Dr. David Brownstein, MD and.his book Overcoming Thyroid Disorders. Best wishes.
Mar 24, 2014

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