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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Polytar (Overview)

Polytar is a skin-related agent.


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

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

Dr. Patricia Foster
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Polytar (Overview)

Polytar is a skin-related agent.


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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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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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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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: Polytar allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Polytar allergy?

Polytar allergy: Polytar (coal tar) is a keratoplastic medication used in treatment of conditions like dandruff, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects see: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-61441/polytar-coal-tar-topical/details ...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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. David Gorsulowsky
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