my head has been itching like crazy is this an autoimmune thing or do I have invisible bugs I can not see. It has been driving me crazy for a couple of weeks and I have never had this problem or dandruff so WHAT THE HECK. Anyone else know about this?
Hi I was diagnosed with Lupus a couple months ago. I have have also been experiencing a itchy scalp off and on. I also have had a lot of hair loss. My rheumatologist said it is a result from the lupus. Also said my meds will help but it takes time. I experienced flaky scalp as well. I tried a dandruff shampoo which did very little. Mostly dry my hair out more than it already is now. My Dr. Also said I could go see a dermatologist. Saying they could give me a steroid creme. Or suggest another alternative. I have switched to a all natural shampoo and conditioner which has helped a lot. I hope things get better for you.
Itchy scalp is not uncommon in lupus. You might ask your Dr for a Rx for betamethasone diprop solution to apply to the itchy spots. It is a clear solution, non greasy, and comes in a bottle with a small tip and hole for dispensing right where you want it. It is strong in its anti-inflammatory effect, so do not use it on face. Did you change shampoos or conditioners right before the itching started? It could be an allergic response to a hair product, dye, etc. The betamethasone will work for that too, plus stopping the product use.
I have had this problem on and off for years but it's usually during the hot summer months. I tried the rx shampoo from the doc but it gave me an instant headache. She told me that it could absorb through the scalp into the bloodstream so it only takes a tiny bit mixed with your regular shampoo. I found something that works just as well and it's more natural. I got it at the healthfood store. It's made by a company call Home Health and it is a hair and body wash. It says it's for Psoraisis but it works great for my itchy lupus scalp. And, it doesn't have the steroids that give me the headache so it's a win-win for me. Hope you feel better soon!