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Are there any effective over-the-counter meds. For severe scalp breakouts? (bumps, pimples and itchy rash). I need help asap, this is out of control.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no.
For and itch rash of the scalp (the technical name is seborrheic dermatitis), numerous medicated shampoos and lotions are available otc; most contain zinc or tar derivatives.
Add bumps and pimples, however, and you probably have a problem in the hair follicles, possibly an infection, and if it's really that "out of control" you should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

In brief: Yes and no.
For and itch rash of the scalp (the technical name is seborrheic dermatitis), numerous medicated shampoos and lotions are available otc; most contain zinc or tar derivatives.
Add bumps and pimples, however, and you probably have a problem in the hair follicles, possibly an infection, and if it's really that "out of control" you should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: May need antibiotics
Rashes are difficult to describe in words.
If a person has recurrent pimples on places where regular acne doesn't occur, he likely has infection in skin glands and/or hair follicles. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at the skin and make a diagnosis. The doctors can prescribe oral antibiotics or creams/ointments as needed. Sometimes the bacteria are resistant to antibiotics.

In brief: May need antibiotics
Rashes are difficult to describe in words.
If a person has recurrent pimples on places where regular acne doesn't occur, he likely has infection in skin glands and/or hair follicles. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look at the skin and make a diagnosis. The doctors can prescribe oral antibiotics or creams/ointments as needed. Sometimes the bacteria are resistant to antibiotics.
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