Going to Dermatologist for Scalp Problems?
Ever since I can remember, I've had very dry skin and scalp. My scalp has patches of dry skin that flake off. It used to be worse than it is now - I've been using generic 2% Nizoral, which has helped, but not solved the problem. Though my flaking is much lighter and not as noticeable, it's still there. So are the patches and with winter here, my scalp is very itchy. The question is, what could a dermatologist possibly do that a doctor can't (I was prescribed the generic Nizoral by a doctor at the clinic I go to)? From reading this forum and doing some general research, there don't seem to be a lot of solutions for people that suffer with dandruff. No OTC products have worked for me. Thing is, I don't even know if I have sebborhaic dermatitis (dandruff) - dandruff sufferers usually have oily skin, wheras mine is dry. My legs are very dry and flaky, but this area I can keep under control with lotion. I try to condition my scalp well, but conditioners often build up on there, worsening the problem.
Question: do you think it would be worth it to visit a derma in my case? Like I said, the Nizoral 2% does help somewhat which leads me to believe I do have dandruff - if I didn't, you'd think the shampoo would just make my scalp worse. But, there's nothing stronger out there, right? I know that there are Nizoral anti-fungal pills sold by prescription, but aren't those for infections and reactions? Is it true that the actual Nizoral shampoo is better than the generic? The pharmacist I went to insists that it's the exact same formula, but I've heard people say that they think the genuine Nizoral works better. I can't find ingredients lists online for the prescription strength. You'd think the inactive ingredients wouldn't affect the product that much, and that's the only thing that differs.