[quote]Question : My child has a scalp problem . It looks dry and flaky in certain areas. We’ve seen the Doctor and she made a recommendation. I tried it, it cleared up but came back. It seems to dry up within a day or two.
I’ve used tee tree oil and coconut grease, but it only looks good after I apply the oil and then it comes right back. The doctor said it was some sort of fungus, but it seems like something beneath the scalp.
There is discoloration in those areas too. My only solution right now is to keep the hair cut very short and shampoo every two to three days. What would you recommend for this type of condition? [/quote]
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his is tricky because there are several factors to consider that could be causing the condition with your child’s scalp. Let me explain.
First of all, you mentioned you went to a pediatrician. Therefore, I’m going to trust that she ruled out any conditions that are known for being highly contagious and often common among younger children such as ringworm which is caused by vegetable parasites also called, fungi.
[box_info]Dermatologists are a good choice because they are doctors who specialize in skin care [/box_info]
Second, when did the symptoms appear? All of a sudden and recently or is has this been persistent over time and seems to be getting worse?
And what if any other symptoms is your child experiencing? Any itching, soreness or tenderness?
You did the right thing by asking for advice from an ethnic hair expert. In my many years of experience, I’ve seen hair and scalp issues repeatedly. If we can determine what might likely be causing certain symptoms there’s a better chance of getting to the root of the problem. After that, there’s typically something I can suggest as a solution. Doctors also use the process of elimination when it comes to persistent symptoms.
I know it’s against the grain for many black folks but I recommend that you discontinue using the coconut grease or any type of grease. Heavy hair greases and petroleum based oils applied to the scalp tend to makes matters worse.
[box_tip] Avoid applying hair grease to the scalp! Hair grease on the scalp acts like a barrier that sits on the scalp and traps air and moisture from getting in or out. This actually fosters the perfect environment for fungus to continue thriving. [/box_tip]
So we still need to do a process of elimination. Have you recently changed or started using any new products at home like soap, shampoo, body wash, laundry detergent? Sometimes these products could have harsh detergent cleansing ingredients that might dry out and irritate a child’s scalp.
Emotions like stress, anger and anxiety cause imbalances and all tie in to skin disorders such as rashes, acne, hives and other types of break outs even on the scalp. Perhaps something else in your child’s routine, maybe at school has changed or been disrupted recently?
Does your child suffer with any other skin disorder like eczema? If so, could this is be a scalp flare up?
So my advice for now is continue : [checklist]
1. applying the treatment recommend by the doctor.
2.Shampooing every few days to keep scalp clean.
3. Keeping the hair cut as short as possible to keep a close eye on any scalp changes or improvements.
4. Use a shampoo that will not further irritate the scalp. [/checklist]
I really like the Phyto line. They are a top quality brand that uses highly effective formulas containing botanical ingredients that target specific hair and scalp concerns. I recommend the Phyto Apaisant Shampoo
[box_warning]Disclamer: I am not a doctor nor am I giving medical advice. I would recommend ultimately seeing a dermatologist experienced with ethnic skin. [/box_warning]