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I got smelly, itchy, pimples, hot feelings on my scalp bad order coming out of it. I tried Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo?

I got smelly, itchy, pimples, hot feelings on my scalp bad order coming out of it. I tried Psoriatrax 5% Coal Tar shampoo + Nizoral-AD shampoo?

Tinea capitus: A number of scalp conditions could cause these symptoms. Tinea capitus is a fungal infection of the scalp which causes itching, scaling, crusting, pustules and occassionally infection with bacteria (kerion). Tinea capitus requires several weeks of oral antifungal medications with or without an antibacterial. Your doctor can help you determine if this is what you have. ...Read more

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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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Polytar (coal tar) shampoo for psoriasis, what else?

Polytar (coal tar) shampoo for psoriasis, what else?

Many options: Sooner or later your scalp will get used to the tar shampoo - or you will get tired of smelling like you got dipped in creosote - so get several therapeutic shampoos and rotate them. Other good active ingredients are zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, and salicylic acid. ...Read more

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Do polytar (coal tar) bar soap actually works for psoriasis?

Do polytar (coal tar) bar soap actually works for psoriasis?

Not really.: Tar products are sometimes helpful when used as a supplement to more basic treatments, such as topical corticosteroids, vitamin d derivatives, and uv light. But by itself, tar soap is ineffective in all but the very mildest cases. ...Read more

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I have psoriasis in scalp sunce ages it fades away once by azadirachita indicai while coal tar shampo only stop its growth...what should I do to treat?

I have psoriasis in scalp sunce ages it fades away once by azadirachita indicai while coal tar shampo only stop its growth...what should I do to treat?

Psoriasis: Paras: There are many treatments for psoriasis. It is difficult to be comprehensive on Health-Tap. Some topical options: Vitamin D analogue - Calcipotriene (Dovonex); topical retinoids, and also steroid creams. It also depends on what is available in India. In the US, many oral medications help psoriasis. Best to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is coal tar good for psoriasis?

Is coal tar good for psoriasis?

Coal tar: Yes, coal tar is an old remedy that has been used in the treatmrnt of psoriasis. ...Read more

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Which shampoo is better: polytar (coal tar) or oilatum?

For dry scalp or...: For psoriasis, seborrhea, and bad dandruff, i'd take the polytar (coal tar). For dry scalp alone, i'd take the oilatum. Both can be used on different days. ...Read more

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Is polytar (coal tar) soap safe to use all over you body and face?

Polytar (coal tar): I would answer no. Polytar (coal tar) is an irritant and areas close to mucous membranes would be very sensitive. You would never want to get it in your eyes, nose or mouth. Some believe that a case can me made that it is a carcinogen. ...Read more

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Does neutrogena t-gel (coal tar) have side effects on vision?

Does neutrogena t-gel (coal tar) have side effects on vision?

None: The eye will not be affected by this if used properly. Do not get it into your eyes. ...Read more

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Does coal tar have any side effects on vision?

Does coal tar have any side effects on vision?

None: Don't get it into your eye but otherwise it will not cause any problems. ...Read more

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Can I put polytar (coal tar) shampoo on inflammed scalp?

Can I put polytar (coal tar) shampoo on inflammed scalp?

Define "inflamed".: If you mean that there is an active infection in your scalp, I would seek treatment from your doctor or a dermatologist first. If you mean inflammation due to psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, that's what polytar (coal tar) is for. ...Read more

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Psoriasis treatments I have had active psoriasis for over 40 years. I have used every possible over-the-counter treatment, including coal tar cream. Everything seems to work for a while, then becomes ineffective. I am leery of internal medications as I a

Depends: Depends a bit on location and how widespread your psoriasis is. Topical options include steroid creams, vit d derivatives (dovonex and vectical), salicylic acid and coal tar preparations. Sometimes I inject a diluted steroid into specific lesions with good results. There are some biologic therapies such as enbrel, humira, and stelara (ustekinumab) that work well for widespread cases (check out the link below for more information). I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Psoriasis on hand. Can I soak hand in coal tar shampoo such as tgel...If yes how long should it soak?

Psoriasis on hand. Can I soak hand in coal tar shampoo such as tgel...If yes how long should it soak?

You can, but...: It won't hurt to try, but don't expect significant improvement unless your psoriasis is very mild. Tar preparations are (somewhat) useful for psoriasis, but tar shampoos aren't strong enough to thin plaques on hands significantly. Much more effective treatments are available; see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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When dealing with dandruff, what is a best solution for an OTC medicated shampoo, one with Salicylic Acid or Coal Tar? What are notable differences?

Varies: Different people find different things work on regular dandruff. (You didn't mention selenium... one of the milder ones). OTC Salicylate AND/or COAL TAR are pretty harsh. Generally we go with milder and work up. If there is eczema (red itching rash) elsewhere, an anti-inflammatory is a better direction to go. ...Read more

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I have fine, long, color treated hair. Have seborheic dermatitis. Can I use coconut oil/ conditioner b4 washing w/ coal tar shampoo? Shampoo is harsh!

I have fine, long, color treated hair. Have seborheic dermatitis. Can I use coconut oil/ conditioner b4 washing w/ coal tar shampoo? Shampoo is harsh!

What color????????: Black? Blonde? Red? Other? Tar shampoo is not favored by many and may influence hair color because it is black. Why coconut oil? DHS makes a shampoo and conditioner for dyed hair. Why Metrogel? This is not a treatment for seborrhea. Ketoconazole, Zinc pyrethium, and Selenium Sulfide are much more popular with people treating seborrhea. ...Read more

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Does coal tar work for getting rid of scabies nodules off penis?

Fordyce spots: White nodules on the penis are often benign Fordyce spots that can be treated by a dermatologist if you really want them off. If this is truly scabies you do not want to be putting coal tar on your penis. See your doctor for a prescription for a scabicide since there are no OTC medications of any value. Good luck and hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I use coal tar shampoo for seborheic dematitis on scalp, won't it stain my blond hair? Is there an alternative that wont? Thanks!

If I use coal tar shampoo for seborheic dematitis on scalp, won't it stain my blond hair? Is there an alternative that wont? Thanks!

Will stain: Several dandruff shampoos are useful. Besides tar you can get selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, salicylic acid, and zinc pyrithione shampoos. The generics are just as good but cost less. You will see selsun, nizoral, head & shoulders, T-Sal, DHS, etc. You can use in a daily shower and wash ears & face while you are at it. ...Read more

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My scalp is peeling and not itching. Been using coal tar shampoo for weeks. Helped in the beginning but came back and can't get rid of it.

My scalp is peeling and not itching. Been using coal tar shampoo for weeks. Helped in the beginning but came back and can't get rid of it.

Stop coal tar: Switch to Head and Shoulders or Selsun (selenium). Please consult a dermatologist for treatment of reactive exfoliative dermatitis of the scalp ...Read more

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Can I use coal tar shampoo on my pubic hair? For some reason all of my pubic hair follicles are inflamed and hurt to the bottom but not infected?

Avoid: Waxing, shaving, tight thong undergarments and body oils or lotion. Coal tar derivatives should not be used on the pubic area. Use only gentle shampoo or soap and a very thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream. If not red or swollen, I suggest calling your GYN. ...Read more

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Daughter17yr sebo_psoriasis on scalp, uses "coal tar & salicylic acid" twice weekly. She gets headaches, eye burning. Is it the side effect of solution?

Daughter17yr sebo_psoriasis on scalp, uses "coal tar & salicylic acid" twice weekly. She gets headaches, eye burning. Is it the side effect of solution?

Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Any danger of cancer from Neutrogena coal tar shampoo to use daily for 2 wks 4 hair loss from seborheic dermatitis? Thought I read it was questnable?

Any danger of cancer from Neutrogena coal tar shampoo to use daily for 2 wks 4 hair loss from seborheic dermatitis? Thought I read it was questnable?

2 weeks is fine: Here in California, the law requires Cancer Warning signs everywhere, because everything we eat, touch, breathe can cause cancer. That's the nature of life, everything on Earth can cause cancer... but the true question is, how likely? So, 2 weeks of any shampoo sold in America should be fine. No worries. Breathing the engine exhaust on the way to the store and back is likely to be more dangerous. ...Read more

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How to make my acnes disappear more faster?

How to make my acnes disappear more faster?

Meds: Many patients do well with over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid preparations. Some patients require topical or oral antibiotics or retinoids as well. If the over the counter meds alone don't control your acne after a month of daily use, see a doctor for additional treatment options. It is important to be persistent, and some patients 'get worse before they get better'. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some ways to treat acnes and face break outs?

I was wondering what are some ways to treat acnes and face break outs?

Get evaluated: Acne presents in several forms and can be multifactorial. Each requires its own individualized treatment regimen. I would recommend a consultation with a board certified dermatologist for the appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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When does acne usually go?

When does acne usually go?

Wrong question: Forgive my frankness. The question is, "How can I manage a chronic, non-lifestyle-related disease that carries such a stigma that it can keep me from getting the job I want, until it remits on its own? " I was able to stop taking medication around age 50. There is no telling when your illness will remit. If your parents won't take you to the doctor, pick up the phone and make the call yourself. ...Read more

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How can I best treat my acne?

How can I best treat my acne?

See Dermatologist: Best to be seen by a well experienced board-certified dermatologist; nothing replaces in person history and physical when it comes to good medical care/recommendations. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can chocolate cause you acne?

Can chocolate cause you acne?

Yes: Many foods can exacerbate acne. For many, but not everyone, chocolate is a major cause. ...Read more

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How do I remove acne marks naturally?

How do I remove acne marks naturally?

Can't be done: They fade with time, though it often takes several months. It's more important that you avoid getting new lesions. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, your personal physician can help with prescription-strength medication. ...Read more

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Why my sister doesn't get severe acne?

Why my sister doesn't get severe acne?

Can't be answered: Acne is unrelated to hygiene, lifestyle or diet. There is no figuring out why one person gets it and the next person doesn't. Your life will be easier and happier if you learn not to ask questions like this one. If you have acne yourself, you deserve to be treated effectively. If need be, make the phone call to your physician yourself. ...Read more

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How can I make my acne less noticeable?

How can I make my acne less noticeable?

Green camoflauge: Redness with acne lesions is a common complaint because it is hard to cover with normal concealers. I recommend using a green camoflauge first to neutralize the red color, followed by normal concealer and powder. Physicians' formula makes a good product that can be found in drugstores. ...Read more

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What natural acne remedies are the best?

What natural acne remedies are the best?

Nature's gifts: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related illness that can be managed using evidence-based medicine. If you are responsible for the physical and emotional health of a teen, you have a duty to get the most effective treatment and use any folk / vitamin store remedies as adjuncts. The vitamin a derivatives and antibiotics used to treat difficult acne are natural compounds. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you suggest something to remove acne?

Can you suggest something to remove acne?

Rx: This is the 21st century and you deserve something that works. Benzoyl peroxide over-the-counter is of limited effectiveness. A woman for whom the oral contraceptive pill is acceptable and appropriate may find this is all she needs. I start folks on topical Clindamycin with a retinoic acid derivative if there are many comedones; systemic antibiotics are a next step. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of acnes marks at home

How can I get rid of acnes marks at home

Acne: You can use various fade creams/dark spot removers and over time may see some improvement. Consistency with use of any product is key. Nothing will work overnight. More importantly, address the acne itself, in order to prevent future outbreaks and subsequent scarring. Seek medical attention/advice. ...Read more

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more