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One of my more popular blogs here has been “Dry, Itchy Skin in Perimenopause.”  Apparently, we’re all itchy and scratchy when hormone imbalance hits.

Go figure.

For me, the biggest issue has been an itchy scalp.

But, truth be told, I’ve always had issues with an itchy scalp.  As long as I can remember.  However, by the time I reached perimenopause it had reached new heights.

I thought the itch was going to send me right over the edge.

I tried everything.  And I mean EVERYTHING.  I even spent over $100 on essential oils once.

I was so desperate for relief I completely over did it and used entirely too much on my scalp.  I darn near sent myself into pulmonary distress from inhaling so many of the oils.

I don’t recommend it.

I mentioned in the other post (here) that I eventually saw a dermatologist for my itchy scalp.  It had gotten that bad.  She put me on a steroid shampoo called Clobex, along with an antihistimine called hydroxyzine, which I take at night.  I used the Clobex for a while, but abandoned it due to possible liver and kidney issues from over-use. This was per my dermatologist.

I also use DHS Shampoo (also on the recommendation of my dermotologist) Zinc formula.  It’s fabulous and I highly recommend it.

In addition to the Zinc formula, they also have a Clear formula (completely clean of all irritants such as fragrance), and a Tar formula as well. I’ve been a fan of Neutrogena T-Gel for decades (which works fairly well), but DHS’s tar is every bit as good as Neutrogena.

Maybe better.

Baking Soda Paste & Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse

When I made my annual trek to my dermatologist this year, she suggested I try using a Baking Soda paste which is applied directly to your scalp, then rinsing with Apple Cider vinegar.  She swore it worked and had the testimony of one of her best friends.  So I tried it.

And guess what?  It works.  REALLY well.

I also scoured the Internet on the topic and found a great page which has a  selection of recipes for different scalp conditions which can all be treated with Baking Soda paste and Apple Cider Vinegar.

I highly recommend you try it.

DHSThe instructions are to use the vinegar rinse “until your scalp no longer itches.”  So, I’m assuming there is a process involved. If you’re interested in trying the recipes you can get them here.

You can print them all off and keep them handy as a guide.

If the thought of smelling like Apple Cider Vinegar is bothersome for you, you can also use the DHS Shampoos as an after wash, which I’ve also done.

So, after you do the Baking Soda Paste and Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, then follow up with either the DHS Zinc formula, or the Clear formula, or the Tar.  That will get ride of the Apple Cider Vinegar smell and give you double protection.

I’ve been doing this for several weeks now and my itchy scalp has all but disappeared.  I would love to hear if this works for you or if you have any other suggestions.

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AZO Bladder Control Product Giveaway – Winners Announced!

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Good Monday morning, ladies!  I’m hosting a giveaway today with a bladder control product called AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less®.   Rather than do a regular sponsored post, I’m going to post the product information for you here which gives you all the information you need in terms of  product description, the ingredients, suggested use, and [...]

July 14, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

DHEA: What is it & Why Should You Care?

If you’re anything like me, prior to perimenopause the only thing you knew about hormones was that you had them, and that about every 28 days or so, you had a deep and passionate longing for a luscious piece of chocolate and a high powered firearm with bulls-eye accuracy. In prior generations there wasn’t much talk about [...]

July 9, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part III

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This is the final post in Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s series on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.    If you wish to contact Dr. Mazzei or any of his colleagues in the Body Logic medical group, please see his byline at the end of the post.  As always, the views expressed in this post [...]

July 2, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part II

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Today’s post is a continuation of  Dr. Joseph Mazzei’s post on the relationship between estrogen therapy and breast cancer.  The views expressed in this post are not necessarily the views held by The Perimenopause Blog and are for informational purposes only. Please see your physician or healthcare provider for personal medical evaluations.  Let us continue our conversation from [...]

June 29, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Does Estrogen Cause Breast Cancer? Part I

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Today’s post is a guest post by Dr. Joseph Mazzei, a Chicago based doctor for BodyLogicMD, a medical group which sponsors The Perimenopause Blog. I asked Dr. Mazzei if he could give his opinion on estrogen therapy since it is starting to make its way back into the news once again.  In this post, Dr. Mazzei [...]

June 24, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Dr. Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Pyramid For Chronic Pain

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If you are a woman in menopause and suffer with generalized achy muscles, bones and joints, unless you’ve been diagnosed with some sort of arthritis, or perhaps even Lupus or MS, chances are the likely culprit is chronic inflammation in the body. Yes, it is true that arthritis, Lupus, and MS cause inflammation. But, there are other [...]

April 10, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Menopause is a Fact of Life, Treatment Options are a Choice

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It doesn’t matter where a woman lives. It doesn’t matter what language she speaks or how she spends her day. Menopause is a fact of her life. Every day, in the U.S. alone 6,000 women begin this mid-life adventure with hot flashes, a sudden mood swings, painful vaginal dryness, night sweats, and restless sleeping patterns. [...]

April 7, 2014 CONTINUE READING →

Find Menopause Relief Through Lifestyle Changes

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One thing is certain–menopause is not a disease.  It’s a perfectly natural process that affects every woman once they reach a certain age. However, sometimes it can feel like a disease.  This is because menopause is the proverbial last straw; things add up unnoticed for years until menopause comes along and tips the balance over. [...]

December 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Politics, Healthcare & Women’s Health: Where Do We Go From Here?

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One of the hardest parts of this job is that I don’t have easy, fast, slam-dunk answers for women who are struggling with perimenopause symptoms. Hands down, the question I hear the most is: “How can I get my doctor to listen to me?”  And I just don’t have an easy answer to that question.  [...]

November 19, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

We Have Winners!

I drew the names for five winners in the HPA Balance giveaway.  You can find Dr. Rawls’ post and description of the product here.  To find out the winners are watch the video below, and if you are one of the winners please contact me asap so I can provide your name and shipping details to [...]

October 17, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Natural Therapies for Menopause & Product Giveaway!

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Today’s post is a guest post from Dr. Rawls, co-founder of the company Vital Plan and the non-hormone product HPA Balance® to treat perimenopause and menopause symptoms.  To participate in the giveaway either leave a comment on this post in the comment section, or join us at Facebook.  Either “Like” the post, or leave a [...]

October 14, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Find Natural Relief of Menopause Symptoms

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Guest Post by Rebecca Hulem, a certified menopause clinician and widely known as “The Menopause Expert” When menopause starts, there are a variety of options for easing the common symptoms of menopause. While each woman can offer advice on relief, I’ve found that different treatments work for different women. One thing many women agree on [...]

October 1, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Estroven: “Menopause Awareness: The Good, the Bad, and the Sweaty”

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Greetings, Menopause Mavens! As you all know, September is “Menopause Awareness Month.” And as I announced on Facebook last week, I am teaming up again with one of my favorite sponsors, Estroven, to promote menopause awareness and to tell you about one of their new products, Estroven Weight Management and a giveaway! I know a lot of you ladies [...]

September 15, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Viniyoga for Anxiety in Perimenopause: The Jury is In

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Anxiety in perimenopause is a “biggie” for women. Probably the most complained about symptom of perimenopause.  Right up there with “I think I’m going crazy.” Trying to address these issues and help women with the symptoms is always a balancing act for me. On the one hand, I’ve come to believe that hormone therapy can really help [...]

September 5, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Viniyoga for Anxiety & Depression in Perimenopause

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This past weekend we had a lively discussion on Facebook on the topic of anxiety and depression in perimenopause. There’s a reason for that, too. It’s a huge problem for women in perimenopause. Right up there next to the, “I think I’m going crazy” symptom of perimenopause. Which is probably why the only solutions the medical community seems to have [...]

August 28, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Combat Menopause: Exercise for a Better Life!

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It is inevitable. Every woman at some point in her life will face the reality of perimenopause and menopause and there is no way to avoid it. Media teaches us that we will become insane creatures and that life will be miserable, but it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to control the effects [...]

July 9, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Transdermal Bioidentical Estradiol: Defending My Decision

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So, I figured I might have to defend my decision to consider using a transdermal bioidentical estradiol. But, I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. No sooner had I written my post last week, when I received an email (albeit a cheerful one) from a lady who identified herself as a “wellness coach.” She had [...]

April 15, 2013 CONTINUE READING →

Estrogen Replacement Therapy: Yes or No?

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Let’s face it.  The average women does not understand the role of estrogen during perimenopause.  But, when the average OB/GYN doesn’t seem to understand it very well either, is it any surprise then that women looking for help for their symptoms of perimenopause are clueless? It also doesn’t help that there is a big, wide [...]

April 3, 2013 CONTINUE READING →