INDEX scalp

From the Editor
The PRP Survival Guide is a repository of experiences and insights shared by PRP patients and their caregivers. Collectively, the PRP community possesses a wealth of practical knowledge about pityriasis rubra pilaris. We need to harvest that knowledge for those in need of enlightenment.

Share what you have learned about PRP as a patient or caregiver. Share what you have been told by your dermatologist? Share articles  you feel might be worth reading or websites worth visiting. Please use “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of this webpage to answer the following question:

How has PRP affected your scalp?
What products have helped relieve an itchy scalp?

INDEX scalp

One Reply to “INDEX scalp”

  1. The following discussion (edited) regarding recommendations for an itchy scalp was posted to members of the PRP Facebook Support Group. Members can access the unedited post at

    Anita R — Pearl, MS
    What do you all recommend for itching scalp?

    Jan T — Ringwood, NJ
    For me, the prescription Clobetasol worked amazingly for the itch. Just did nothing for the dandruff. Now my scalp is about the only place that doesn’t really itch. And my scalp had been intensely itchy…Ketoconazole is an antifungal, so it probably would work for some types of dandruff. Clobetasol is in the corticosteroid category.

    Bill M — Plano, TX
    I was lucky that Ketoconazale 2% shampoo worked. Applied to scalp and left it there for 5 minutes. Then rinsed. Used ketbonazole for dandruff – the itch relief was just an extra. Used Clobetasol and urea lotion on palms and doles. again.
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    Anita R
    What about over the counter shampoo? My dumb insurance won’t pay for prescription

    Linda B — Oswestry, Shropshire, England, UK
    Ketoconazole 2% w/w shampoo can be purchased over the counter in the UK. The brand name is Nizoral, but Boots produce their own version of this product which is slightly cheaper. Capasal Therapeutic Shampoo is also available over the counter.

    Teresa S — Iowa City, IA
    Utrogena T gel

    Diane H
    I tried the medicated shampoos prescribed by the dermatologist, but they didn’t work. So, I went to Head and Shoulders Clinical strength and it has made a big difference. The other shampoos I tried changed the texture of my hair, this didn’t.

    Anita R
    Head and Shoulders Max strength is not helping with the build up of dandruff. (Editor’s Note: What works for one doesn’t work for all)

    Jan T
    Really, what is PRP doing to us? I have absolutely no natural oils or moisture in my scalp or hair, and my head is not sweating. It actually never “feels” dirty.

    Mary H — Novato, CA
    Utrogena T-sal shampoo.

    Judy B — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    I tried everything. Clobetesol worked best, but after 5 years in remittance my scalp is the only thing that hasn’t cleared. Just used to it now. Hang in there – it does get better.

    From the Nutrogena website at

    “Neutrogena® T/Gel® therapeutic hair care is a line of dermatologist-recommended shampoos formulated to treat flaky, itchy scalp, caused by conditions ranging from mild danduff to seborrheic dermatitis. Gentle and pleasant to use, T/Gel® products leave hair shiny and manageable and relieve itching for hours after rinsing. The complete T/Gel® line offers different active ingredients and benefits to help get rid of all kinds of scalp symptoms, and provide dry scalp treatment.” – See more at: THIS IN NOT A PRODUCT ENDORSEMENT.

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