Dandruff - alternative to Nizoral

Hi,
I have not posted anything for a while, but I am at the end of my tether and was hoping perhaps someone had similar experience and can advise.
So few years back I have developed dandruff. I always had slightly scaly scalp, but Head and Shoulders kept it at bay. 2-3 years back however it got bad.
The only thing that really works is Nizoral. Or T-Gel. But I have to use it all the time. The moment I start using something else it immediately comes back. I had bought so many other shampoos, Head & Shoulders, even the DermaX one which is stronger, Trichology shampoo, things with tea tree oil, baby shampoo and 100% additives free shampoo soap bars (1 of  which did not help but my husband adores it now so I buy it for him :-)) and nothing works. With some things the day I use it I itch so bad I consider getting in the shower the same day again. When my head itch I feel I itch all over.
I even had remote conversation with doctor (through work, our local doctor is booked up weeks in advance). Not much help to be honest.
The thing is that with both Nizoral and T-Gel you have to leather up and then wait which is pain, and also it does not make for the nicest hair.. 
Which is why I was hoping someone has a tip or have a product that can keep the dandruff and itchiness at bay but not stink and you don't have to spend half an hour in the shower.
Thank you
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  • Longwalker
    Longwalker Posts: 909 Forumite
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    Welcome to my world :)

    Its Seborrheic Dermatitis that I have struggled with all my life and Ive travelled back and forth between Nizoral and H&S and like you Ive noticed H&S isnt having the effect it used to have

    Im now using the H&S Derma range, bit dearer but its working. Shampoo, conditioner and then a leave on for 2 mins moisturiser - I jump out of the shower, brush teeth, cleanse face - back in to rinse off. Its made a huge difference as I was ready to rip my head off with the itching . I also dont do all three stages every day - maybe 2 or 3 times a week when I have the time 

    There are other "scalp moisturising " products out there but I went with H&S as I know Im not allergic 

    You also need to up your fluid intake as well believe it or not 
  • Misslayed
    Misslayed Posts: 14,158 Senior Ambassador
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    Eucerin calming urea shampoo has given me relief from my itchy scalp. I found Nizoral was actually making the itching worse after a while, this kept me sane! I don't wash my hair every day though, only about twice a week, and I let it soak in as long as I can - in the bath, not shower. 
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  • Any
    Any Posts: 7,944 Forumite
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    Thanks both. Eucerin was on offer at Superdrug yesterday and I was considering spending the money and trying, but it was sold out. I will keep look out for it.
    I don't wash my hair every day, but need to every other day. 
    Yes, I noticed Nizoral suddenly stopped working last year too after a long spell, I changed to T Gel and then suddenly that stopped so went to Nizoral again.. but they do clear it for a bit (until I think I am in the clear and use something else)
  • Any
    Any Posts: 7,944 Forumite
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    Welcome to my world :)

    Its Seborrheic Dermatitis that I have struggled with all my life and Ive travelled back and forth between Nizoral and H&S and like you Ive noticed H&S isnt having the effect it used to have

    Im now using the H&S Derma range, bit dearer but its working. Shampoo, conditioner and then a leave on for 2 mins moisturiser - I jump out of the shower, brush teeth, cleanse face - back in to rinse off. Its made a huge difference as I was ready to rip my head off with the itching . I also dont do all three stages every day - maybe 2 or 3 times a week when I have the time 

    There are other "scalp moisturising " products out there but I went with H&S as I know Im not allergic 

    You also need to up your fluid intake as well believe it or not 
    The Derma X range probably keeps my dandruff coming back the slowest, but it does come back.
    I take toothbrush to shower with me, switch the water off after lathering up and stand there brushing my teeth under non running shower like a Muppet. In winter it can get a bit cold :-)

    If I drink any more water I will become fish! ha ha
  • DullGreyGuy
    DullGreyGuy Posts: 10,264 Forumite
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    Any said:
    The only thing that really works is Nizoral. Or T-Gel. But I have to use it all the time. The moment I start using something else it immediately comes back. I had bought so many other shampoos, Head & Shoulders, even the DermaX one which is stronger, Trichology shampoo, things with tea tree oil, baby shampoo and 100% additives free shampoo soap bars (1 of  which did not help but my husband adores it now so I buy it for him :-)) and nothing works. With some things the day I use it I itch so bad I consider getting in the shower the same day again. When my head itch I feel I itch all over.
    I even had remote conversation with doctor (through work, our local doctor is booked up weeks in advance). Not much help to be honest.

    I was given Clotrimazole shampoo by the Dr once, as an alternative to Nizoral, with instructions to use it every day initially and then once a week there after and it worked very well. You can certainly buy it over the counter in non-shampoo form but struggling to find it as a shampoo. 
  • Longwalker
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    Any said:
    The only thing that really works is Nizoral. Or T-Gel. But I have to use it all the time. The moment I start using something else it immediately comes back. I had bought so many other shampoos, Head & Shoulders, even the DermaX one which is stronger, Trichology shampoo, things with tea tree oil, baby shampoo and 100% additives free shampoo soap bars (1 of  which did not help but my husband adores it now so I buy it for him :-)) and nothing works. With some things the day I use it I itch so bad I consider getting in the shower the same day again. When my head itch I feel I itch all over.
    I even had remote conversation with doctor (through work, our local doctor is booked up weeks in advance). Not much help to be honest.

    I was given Clotrimazole shampoo by the Dr once, as an alternative to Nizoral, with instructions to use it every day initially and then once a week there after and it worked very well. You can certainly buy it over the counter in non-shampoo form but struggling to find it as a shampoo. 
    I have the ointment for my face, it really works even if its horrible greasy stuff. I think the shampoo is prescription only
  • MovingForwards
    MovingForwards Posts: 16,905 Forumite
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    I gave up using T-gel, nizorel etc after buying a small bottle of ginger shampoo from the body shop, haven't looked back since.


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  • Any
    Any Posts: 7,944 Forumite
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    I gave up using T-gel, nizorel etc after buying a small bottle of ginger shampoo from the body shop, haven't looked back since.


    Thank you
    I have heard of it but did not want to waste money if it is another false hope as never met anyone who used it. 
    I will try it
  • carly
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    I used to use Selsun shampoo.  Original version in the white triangle shaped bottle.  It was a weird orange suspension , with an odd smell , but oh so effective  for seborrhoeic dermatitis on scalp and eyebrows.  Of course it became discontinued like so many other useful  products.  Nothing else works the same.  I'm currently trialling sebamed shampoo as Nizoral was only partially effective. I have recently found Original Selsun on Ebay  ( paying a Kings ransom for a tiny bottle... but needs must).  The Selsun blue sold in chemists just doesn't work.  
  • J63320
    J63320 Posts: 116 Forumite
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    The active ingredient in the orange Selsun is selenium sulphide. There are other shampoos that contain it - Clinical Strength Head and Shoulders, for example, and there's one by Vichy called Dercos.
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