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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. :(?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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.
Dr. Joseph Mathews
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Jessica Allan
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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