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Blue-Cap for Scalp P?
from Renee R.

Dear Ed:  I was a user of Skin-Cap for about 2 weeks before the FDA banned it in '97 and I received information on Blue-Cap that stated it was safe to use. I purchased Blue-Cap for the scalp about a year ago and it seemed to do the job pretty well so as I am trying to reorder, I was searching the web for the company and ran across your site along with loads of information on Skin-Cap/Blue-Cap.

My question is, is Blue-Cap safe to use? Is it exactly the same as Skin-Cap? And if these products they are selling on the net are not safe, is there anything I can purchase from somewhere or is there anything that will help with my severe scalp itching problem?

Thank you for your time. -Renee R.


Ed’s Response: I hope in your on-line searches you found the Psoriasis Hall of PShame. From there you can go directly to the Blue-Cap on-ling purchasing page (if you really want to).

I haven’t heard that Blue-Cap, like Skin-Cap in ‘97, contains unauthorized prescription-only ingredients, nor have I heard Blue-Cap is dangerous to use for any reason. I think the issue has more to do with its efficacy than its potential harm. Its likelihood of working for you is less than any number of other remedies including prescription products and dermatologist-recommended therapies.

The best overview on what can be done about scalp psoriasis — including most of the best-regarded treatments and therapies — is contained in the National Psoriasis Foundation’s booklet, "Scalp Psoriasis." (Click here to request a copy.) 

I’ve heard derms say, and my own case verifies, that scalp psoriasis is probably second only to nail psoriasis as the most difficult to treat. I suffered from pretty-constantly-severe scalp P for a decade. Occluding medicines overnight helped. Interestingly, I’ve heard derms say the single greatest factor in making scalp P so hard to treat is scratching, which exacerbates the lesions. So, combating the terrible itch is serious business.

The NPF booklet mentions compounding menthol into medicines to help curb the itching. I’ve never tried this and imagine it might be objectionable from a social angle (not ideal for those who must commute in crowded public transportation). There are other products (solutions) that can be applied directly to the scalp to help curb itch. Ask your pharmacist.

Good luck! -Ed

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