Nizoral is an anti-dandruff shampoo with 1% of the active ingredient Ketoconazole 1%. Marcie was prescribed this a few years ago when she suddenly had a bad case of seborrheic dermatitis (at around 5 years old). The oily cradle-cap look alike scalp just ‘grew’ overnight and during the days of our road trip. We had to cut her hair short during the trip (in the chalet in the middle of the night!). The reasons could be yeast/ fungus overgrowth on over-production of sebum on scalp.
Since then, whenever there seemed to be more scalp scratching, we would use Nizoral. It usually would be at a frequency of twice per week, while rest of the week, we may use other shampoo like Baby Cetaphil. The active ingredient Ketoconazole kills the fungus P. ovale, which indirectly reduces dandruff. Read more on how it works here.
Other than Ketoconazole, other active ingredients in other medicated shampoo for scalp eczema are Cetrimide, Coal Tar or Selenium Sulphide.
MarcieMom’s take: I do find that it seems to reduce scratching but Nizoral is not meant to be used more than twice a week, so we do use other shampoo on non-scratchy head days.
Marcie’s take: It smells and just make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes!
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