Developers of a new sports health product that is aimed at those who frequently wear headgear had originally set out to create a generic product for scalp itch and irritability. What they eventually created is a product that they claim mimics a good old scratch – though without causing damage to the scalp like scratching can.

The company found however that the problem of itchiness amongst those who frequent wear headgear is rather common. This led to a more focused survey. In a study of 1036 motorcyclists and other frequent headgear wearers – conducted by Manchester based Ahead Solutions – almost 8 out of 10 said that they had experienced scalp itchiness at some point in the past two years, with around a third experiencing recurrent irritation.

Interestingly not all the frequent sufferers assumed their headgear to be the root cause of the problem; around a half thought the problem related to the shampoo and hair products they used. Switching to alternative products, 96% experienced no improvement in their condition. Eighty percent of those questioned said itchiness and irritation was a constant issue for them.

The resulting product, Menthogen, is a post-ride luxurious, invigorating spray that cools, soothes & revitalizes the scalp. The product has anti-irritant properties; ideal for those who might suffer from itch or irritation due to wearing protective headgear. It also reduces traction alopecia – a common side effect of tightly fitted helmet / headgear.

How does Menthogen work?
Menthogen is a unique, clinically tested and proven formulation of effective moisturisers, anti-irritants and antibacterial agents which rapidly impart their soothing and regenerative properties to the scalp, clearing any trace of irritation. Regular use of Menthogen harmonises the scalp and optimises the conditions for complete scalp health and hygiene.

Menthogen contains key ingredients to combat traction alopecia; premature loss of hair exacerbated by tightly fitted headwear. Firstly a vaso-dilator increases capillary blood flow to the scalp and its hair bulbs, increasing nutritional take up. Secondly two ingredients act to prolong the growing stage of hair whilst counteracting the growth inhibitory effect of testosterone.

Who has developed Menthogen?
Menthogen is the creation of a team of UK Trichologists & product developers with over 50 years clinical experience of treating scalp maladies and of formulating and manufacturing products.

How should Menthogen be used?
Menthogen should be used once daily by parting the hair & spraying directly onto scalp from around three inches. Disperse lotion with fingertips massaging into scalp for a few seconds. Repeat until the affected area of the scalp has been covered.

The scalp should tingle slightly; a slight reddening of the skin may appear. This is the normal effect of the vaso-dilators and does not last long. Menthogen should always be applied onto a clean scalp.

What ingredients are contained in Menthogen?
Some of the key ingredients of Menthogen include: –

  • Estradolium – which helps to prolongs the hairs anagen (growing) phase which automatically slows telogen (loss) phase.
  • A combination of Salvea Sclarea, Cedrus Manetti, Humulus Lupus; natural extracts that are boast a wealth of antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-dandruff properties.
  • Methyl Nicotinate is a vaso-dilator which increases capillary blood flow to the hair bulbs – this in turn increases nutritional take up of the hair’s bulbs.

(But naturally we don’t give away any secrets!)

Contraindications
Menthogen should not be used if one is allergic to any of the ingredients in it. Menthogen should not be applied to broken or damaged skin. Care should be taken to avoid spraying into the eyes; if accidentally sprayed into eyes then bathe eyes with clean cold water. Menthogen should not be used on children.

For further information please visit the dedicated product website at www.menthogen.co.uk


13 thoughts on “Itchy Scalp Lupus

  1. zitdr_02

    The hair loss in lupus can be either “non scarring” or “scarring”. In the scarring type, there is usually a red, scaly atrophic patch of skin in the area of the baldness, and I don’t see that in the pix. The nonscarring type is usually more generalized than yours is. In fact, your clinical appearance is more of a genetic male pattern baldness. Your dermatologist can obviously make a better assessment than I can from a couple of pix, though.

  2. Itty B

    Please tell me what’s wrong with me! Bizarre health symptoms?
    I’ve been suffering from a range of odd symptoms for a while now. From the beginning of Feb. 2009 till now. I’m desperately seeking relief from these symptoms.

    A little about me: I’m 22, 5’0, 155 pounds

    I have: OCD (on 50mg of Zoloft) and PCOS (on 100 mg of metformin)

    My SYMPTOMS:
    – Hands: Red, swollen, itchy, painful with stiff fingers (Sometimes
    I notice my hands are stiff in the morning even without the rest
    of the other symptoms)
    – Scalp: Itchy, slightly red, large bumps all over my head. Hives
    maybe?
    – Lips: Swelling of the lip, usually uneven so that only part of my
    lip is swollen
    – Feet: usually really itchy around the hair follicles on my big toes
    but occasionally elsewhere on my feet. They also get warm and
    slightly red.

    Other possibly relevant information: According to my BMI i’m overweight but you wouldn’t think it looking at me. I’ve got a lot of muscle mass and most of my fat is concentrated in my stomach (i think this is because of the PCOS and my insulin resistance). However, for the past 4 years I’ve hardly been eating healthy since I’ve been a college student living away from home which hasn’t helped my weight. I’m at the heaviest point i’ve ever been in my life and am desperately trying to lose weight.

    I’ve seen a doctor at my school’s student health facility and they’ve run a bunch of blood tests on me, all of which came out normal (triglycerides, thyroids, HDL, LDLs, things like that). They’ve assumed its an allergic reaction to something but I really doubt it because the onset of my symptoms are really random and sporadic. There is no discernible pattern of things i’ve touched or eaten.

    Please help me! I’ve researched lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme Disease and a bunch of other things, none of which seem to fit me exactly. I’m not even sure if my symptoms are all related, but I really need to find some relief. This is taking over my life! The symptoms went from occurring every once in a while (in feb.) to every couple of days now.

    Please help, I beg you.
    I forgot to add, the first time this happened, I was in Vietnam on vacation. I had been there for about a month at that point.

    Plus, i used to be on 250 mg of zoloft but I am trying to get off the medicine. I’m down to my last 50 mg a day.

    Thanks for all the responses so far!

    1. chimandera

      Ouch! This definitely sounds like an allergy. I would suspect many foods and medicine at first, because it is possible that one could develop an allergy later in life. I myself have become mysteriously and mildly allergic to dairy, after 24 years of drinking milk without issue.

      First off, you might want to see what happened in February that changed everything. New prescription? Switch to a different brand of healthy food (yogurt, milk, cheeses, peanut butter, eggs, etc)? Did you switch laundry detergent? Is there a new kind of plant you are being exposed to (sounds like poison ivy maybe)? Is there a smoker in your home or are you smoking? Any of these items could be the culprit.

      Good luck, and try calamine lotion, it might help.

  3. Phaylen

    Have you Had a reactivation of Epstein Barr?
    5 years ago i suffered one of the worst cases of mononucleosis my Doctor had ever seen. Swollen neck/lymph nodes, terribly sore throat that required ice packs, chills and high fever. I was better in about a month and resumed normal activities.

    1 month ago (October 24th) I started feeling a pulling in my neck, like a tight muscle, over time this grew into a full on stiff neck with swollen lymph nodes from behind my ears to the back of my head to my collar bone. hey are palpable under the skin in places, soft, movable, but definitely swollen and my neck feels tight in the muscles. I went to the doctor and he said I had an ear infection and put me on Amoxicillan.

    A week and a half later I was no better and went to the ER and they told me i had a virus, sending me home with Augmentin, claiming I should let it run it’s course.
    I went to the internet for research and while I don’t believe i had mono again because reactivation of it is so very rare, plus, I don’t have a fever or a sore throat- just these swollen nodes and pain in my neck. I went back to the doctor and asked to be tested for Epstein Barr Virus.

    I got a call the following week and the nurse said “You Labs are back and consistent with reactivated Mono. Get lots of rest.” I had questions such as why it would reactivate with fewer symptoms, and how long i could expect these swollen nodes and neck pain to remain since it had already been a month… they didn’t have the time for me.

    My EBV test reads as follows

    Clinical Situation IgG-VCA EBNA EA IgM-VCA
    ————————————————————————————
    No past infection – – – –
    Acute Infection + – + +
    Convalescent Phase + + +/- +/-
    Past Infection + + – –
    Chronic of reactivated
    Infection + + – –

    My epstein Barr Panel showed two High Counts.
    EBV (VCA) Ab, IgG 936
    EBV Nuclear Ab, IgG 243

    Now, given that it is rare for people to get mono twice, and if they do it is usually WITHOUT symptoms or due to a suppressed immunity (Like Lupus or Arthritis) I went searching further for answers.

    Because i have had a small rash on my chest at the center of my breastbone that is occasionally itchy, as well as what had been diagnosed as dermatitis around my scalp and upper back- My symptoms seem to correlate with the dreaded word no one wants to hear: Lymphoma. It also seem EBV has a direct link to some Lymphomas.

    I called back my doctor and demanded a referral to an ENT and a CT scan of my neck- I’ve had chest X-rays previously due to a light persistent cough and they are normal.

    I’d like to ask Anyone who suffers from long term EBV effects if they experience swollen nodes and stiff neck for more than a month years after initial mono infection. Am i putting the car before the horse or being logical here. The concept of cancer frightens me to death, though there is no Lymphoma in my family.

    Do you EBV sufferers feel the same way? Do you have chronic swollen nodes and a stiff neck for more than 4 weeks at a time without other traditional mono symptoms?

    1. Doctor J

      Hi Phaylen. I am NOT an expert in Epstein Barr infections. However, I have a substantial interest in the role nutrition plays in the functioning of the immune system – which can play a significant role in controlling Epstein Barr infections and risk for various cancers.

      What I am offering here is merely conjecture – an educated hypothesis. There is very little specific scientific research in the area of Epstein Barr virus infections and nutritional status. What research is available suggests the following possibilities:

      1) Vitamin D deficiency is very common (an epidemic) and its effects on the immune system can impair the system’s ability to fight viral infections such as Epstein Barr virus (EBV). Have your doctors tested your blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D? This is the proper test for Vitamin D status. You want a number in the “high-normal” range to be healthy.

      2) Zinc status is a major player in immune system health. Low zinc intakes from normal diets are very common. Even marginally inadequate intakes of zinc can impair immune function and limit the immune system’s ability to contain a viral infection. Again, have your doctors tested your zinc status? Have they measured ANYTHING about your overall nutritional status?

      Below are a few links to scientific papers that support the comments I have made here.

      Best wishes and good luck.

      I have added a couple of additional papers on zinc. They are fairly technical but, they provide a solid scientific basis for the potential relationship between your zinc status, immune function, and risk of viral infection and cancer.

  4. MaluLanix0x

    Does anybody know anybody with Autoimmune Hepatitis? Does it sound like I could have it?
    Last year I had Mono (Epstein Barr), and I noticed that my skin was turning yellowish and very, very itchy. Not to sound too graphic or anything, but my stools turned grey, and at other times completely white! I found out that I am a Celiac and have many, many antibodies against my thyroid (I have both Hashimotos and Graves). My doctor just told me that it appears I am in the begining stages of Lupus and Sjogren’s. My maternal aunt has Scleroderma and my paternal grandfather was type I diabetic. My problem right now is that I often feel VERY itchy, get wierd rashes & scalp problems, my skin turns yellowish, and lately it feels like a weight dropped in between my ribs. Other times I look so pale, my mother pointed it out to me. My GI doctor told me that I have slow digestion (usually called gasteroparesis). My family and friends have been commenting on how I am randomly loosing weight, even though I feel like I eat so much (other times I just get so full so easily & feel nauseous). Once again, (not to be gross or whatever), my stools are turning lighter (and looks like nothing is being absorbed, sometimes). Recently my vitamin D levels came back low, and I had JUST been in Florida and was taking supplements. My bun creat ration was low as well. My legs, face, and stomach periodically swell up, and I feel confused and spacy often (was partially thyroid related). A year ago, my rheumatologist checked my liver enzymes. I rescently went to a new rhem & he took over 40 blood sampes & a urine sample! Does this sound like autoimmune hepatits though, is it hard to diagnose?
    after eating, I often have sqeezing pain in my back and pain in my lower sides under my back ribcage. I told my mom this & she says it sounds like a gall-bladder issue. I am NOT overweight, pregnant & not even 20 years old!

    1. Jus Tme

      Sounds like a few things are going on. Jaundice being one of them. Jaundice occurs because of the liver not functioning properly. There could be a whole slew of issues that cause the jaundice such as hepatitis or alcoholism. I’m not saying that is what is happening to you but lets not rule anything out. Have you told your doctor everything that is going on? Write a list of every symptom and give it to your doctor. If he ignores your symptoms, inform him that you will seek medical advice elsewhere. Doctors work for YOU! Dont allow them be complacent!

  5. Andii

    I Need Some Brainstorming Re: a Rheumatological Issue?
    When I was 26 (23 years ago) my knees started to hurt. I went to the Doc and they did a blood test and said that I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was satisfied with that diagnosis. It definitely seemed plausible at the time. Over the years the joint pain now involves both hands and wrists as well as my knees and my lower back.
    But the damnedest thing happened….
    I have Carpal Tunnel in both hands (have had it since my late 20’s). I went to have a carpal Tunnel release on the right hand, and my Osteopath told me that I did not have RA and I’m thinking, “why do my freaking joints hurt?” At this point I am totally confused…
    Keep in mind that I have tested positive for RA since my first diagnosis up to the present.
    During all of these years I have had various issues with my skin: itchy patches, lately on my chest, on neck behind both ears, on my back just under my neck, and on my scalp, scaly skin on both breasts, around my nostrils and in the center of my forehead just above the eyebrows, in the hollows of both cheeks on my face and across the bridge of the nose. Even the insides of my ears itch. It started out as just itchy patches on my neck behind both ears. The itchy spots don’t seem to bleed or scab over and they are hardly noticeable except for the change in skin texture and some skin blotchiness that doesn’t go away- the skin feels a little spongy when compared to the surrounding skin.
    I recently found out (after waking up one morning out of the blue with cherry red eyes) that my tear ducts have all but stopped making tears – I am on Restasis and Patanol (for allergies, which was also discovered during this time). My throat and mouth get easily dried out.
    Over the years I have also had short episodes of numbness and tingling in the extremities – one time (in my 20’s) my left leg was almost totally numb for two days, luckily I have not had an episode that extreme since. The the odd numbness here and there continues.
    Now I am not only experiencing pain in the joints in my hand and wrist, I am experiencing stiffness in them, too. I fumble and drop things. It is tough to manage working with keys and other objects because it feels like I am trying to work through several pairs of gloves.
    I had a small ring of fungus on my feet for several years that although annoying, it did not become larger. Now all of a sudden it is trying to take over my feet and crawl up my leg.
    I have had, over the last 20 years four ANA (Anti-Nuclear Antibody) tests and they have all shown neg for possible Lupus – my last one was two years ago. All of the stuff that is happening anew and getting worse has been happening within the last year.
    I (supposedly) have RA but little to no joint damage after 23 years….
    I do have Hidradenitis Suppurativa (a skin condition that researchers suspect may have autoimmune elements) – this is apart from the itchy patches. The HS is hereditary.
    Hep C, (got it from cleaning up some blood after an accident back in ’84) but my Gastroenterologist says that my liver is functioning well. I do not drink and I seem to have no outward ill effect from that.
    Asthmatic Bronchitis.
    I can’t seem to walk a perfectly straight line and when I do walk, I tend to list to the left in my gait.
    My hair is like wiry and dry.
    I also get cold sores but breakouts are rare.
    Worse yet, my brain is fuzzy – I’ll be talking to someone and stop, trying to think of, in many cases a very simple word – this is happening more and more. For instance, me and a friend of mine were in WalMart getting some stuff for my new apartment and I needed a laundry basket but could not think of the phrase “laundry basket”. Stuff like that..I just am in a fog trying to recall simple words and phrases.
    I am on Paxil for a moderate case of depression, but hell, I’m thinking of getting off of it to see if my memory improves..I’m OK with the mild bouts of the blues as long as a I can think and recall. By the way, no problem recalling events whether present or past.
    I also take Hydrochlorothiazide for blood pressure – my pressure’s good.
    I don’t know what to think except that my immune system is really pissed with me.
    I see a Rheumatologist later this month (first one I have ever seen in my life and I hope he is a good one, ’cause I don’t know WTF is going on.
    Any ideas? Mature answers please.

    P.S. No nookie in 6 years (for those who like to chime in with ‘you got AIDS’ and such….
    I have also had a hysterectomy two years ago, so no menstrual issues…
    No hot flashes, Menopause is OK, no hormones necessary (yet)
    No, the Osteopath just did the surgery on my right wrist – I was surprised that he did not do any testing; maybe he was working from previous test data, if any.
    By the way, thanks for the links! 😀

    1. jusjokin12

      You might want to be check for Psoriatic arthritis with is also an auto immune disease. One thing that you need to real that RA will affect all your organs that includes your heart and lungs as well. As long as you are taking preventative care you should not suffer from the damage RA can do. I was diagnosed with JRA when I was 3 yrs old and back in those days (50’s) they used a lot of Cortisone in all my joint which did not help really and affect my growth somewhat. Be sure that you list every issue and symptom that you are experiencing to let the Rheumatologist know. You also may want to see a Dermatologist to get a check on the psoriasis, but one that specializes in that area. Check out info that I have listed. Did your Osteopath do the same RA tests again?

  6. percy s

    Help! Is there a doctor or nurse in the house?!?
    So here’s whats been going on,I have been to numerous doctors and had a bunch of tests done,it all started with a severe sore throat with blisters,and a fever,tongue swelled and i couldn’t talk,eat,drink or anything and i had hives, red itchy,raised patches on my arms,legs,breasts and scalp.I had a strep throat culture,and it was negative,the dr. didn’t know if it was allergies or what but my reg dr gave me amoxocillian to take for 10 days,still nobody is sure what is going on,it’s now been 6 days i have been on the anti biotic,and im feeling slightly better,but not great and i still can not eat solid food,well i developed a new thing with my illness and that is whenever the hives moves onto my joints,they get swollen,red and stiff..so far it has gotten so bad that i could not even get out of bed i was just so sore,and i’m still getting a fever of usually 102-104 degrees,and my tongue still swells often. so i can’t figure this out,anybody have an idea? lupus maybe?

    1. sally

      Yeah it sounds like mono.. I have lupus and had mono too. Mono goes away though after a month or so. Do you feel really fatigue? When I had mono I could barley get outta bed.. but my mono actually triggered lupus.. which probally wont happen to you.

  7. MaluLanix0x

    Does anybody know anybody with Autoimmune Hepatitis? Does it sound like I could have it?
    Last year I had Mono (Epstein Barr), and I noticed that my skin was turning yellowish and very, very itchy. Not to sound too graphic or anything, but my stools turned grey, and at other times completely white! I found out that I am a Celiac and have many, many antibodies against my thyroid (I have both Hashimotos and Graves). Its very likely that I have a mild Lupus and Sjogren’s (when I went to the doctor, she said I have a malar rash, photosensitivity, and some wierd rashes on my joints. When I went to the dentist, they had to keep the sprayer thing in my mouth the entire time!). My maternal aunt has Scleroderma and my paternal grandfather was type I diabetic. My problem right now is that I often feel VERY itchy, get wierd rashes & scalp problems, my skin turns yellowish, and lately it feels like a weight dropped in between my ribs. Once again, (not to be gross or whatever), my stools are turning lighter (and looks like nothing is being absorbed, sometimes). Recently my vitamin D levels came back low, and I had JUST been in Florida and was taking supplements. My bun creat ration was low as well. My legs, face, and stomach periodically swell up, and I feel confused and spacy often (was partially thyroid related). A year ago, my rheumatologist checked my liver enzymes & said they were fine, but I have to go back to her again! Does this sound like autoimmune hepatits though, is it hard to diagnose?

    1. Linda R

      Go to your rheumatologist as soon as possible. Autoimmunity is not something to be fooled with or guessed about. As for your BUN, you need to have your urine checked for protein excretion and cellular casts. When autoimmune diseases are untreated, they can kill you. Stop fooling around on yahoo and get to the doctor.

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