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If you have seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (also called scalp seborrhea), your healthcare provider may recommend using a medicated shampoo such as fluocinolone shampoo. As a steroid, this product can help treat this condition by reducing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system. It is designed for use when symptoms are at their worst, and not for ongoing preventive treatment.

An Overview of Uses for Fluocinolone Shampoo

Fluocinolone shampoo (Capex®) is a prescription skin medication. It is approved to treat seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp (also known as scalp seborrhea). It is a medicated shampoo that is used daily in place of your regular shampoo.
Seborrhea is a common condition of the skin. It mainly affects the scalp, face, and torso. In its mildest form, it shows up as dandruff. More severe symptoms include:
  • Yellow, oily scales
  • Pimple-like bumps
  • Hair loss
  • Bright red inflammation.
In infants, seborrhea is commonly known as "cradle cap."
Seborrhea tends to come and go in response to weather, stress, and other changes. There are many different treatments for seborrhea, and steroids like fluocinolone shampoo are best used on a temporary basis, not an ongoing, long-term basis.
Therefore, steroid treatment for seborrhea should usually be reserved for times when the symptoms are at their worst, not as an ongoing preventive treatment. However, some people may benefit from ongoing once-a-week treatment once symptoms are under control.

How Does Fluocinolone Shampoo Work?

Fluocinolone shampoo is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids are a type of corticosteroid, or "steroid" for short. Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Fluocinolone shampoo works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
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