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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
What are natural ways to prevent dandruff, without using head and shoulders style shampoo or coal tar shampoo?
Only way: Aloe vera shampoo and tea tree shampoo but doesn't always work by itself. ...Read more
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
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
I've started washing my hair 3x a week with Nizoral (ketoconazole) and neutrogena coal tar in roatation for seb dermatitis, will lost hair slowly grow back?
Hopefully yes: If it does not begin to show regrowth soon, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
If I use coal tar shampoo for seborheic dematitis on scalp , wont it stain my blond hair ? Is there an alternative that wont ?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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.
Scalp always itching. Never stops. Seem to be losing hair from it. Tried coal tar, and all dandruff shampoos but it always comes back.
Scalp itch: See a dermatologist to examine you to determine the diagtnosis and advise you about treatment. ...Read more
How use coal tar shampoo daily for 2 wks, when it is too drying/ possibly damaging my long , fine hair? Have hair loss from the seborhc. dermatitis .
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
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
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
Is there another way to treat my psoriasis from psoriatic arthritis? So far have tried uv therapy, low dose radiation treatment, methotrexate, humira, enbrel, halabetasol ointment, coal tar, hylatopic, and any other cream my dermatologist could think of.
Wow: You have been through a lot. I would try the mayo clinic in mn. ...Read more
There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more
So call your doc: This is the HT public information site.We are thousands of volunteer docs based primarily in the US who answer medical questions.We do not offer treatments. State medical boards require a physician/patient relationship,a retrievable record,recent exam with vital signs for prescribing.Failure to do so can lead to loss or restriction of license. It may seem minor to you but it is not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more
ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isnt good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more
Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more
Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc..It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers