Scalp Discoloration from Selenium Sulfide Shampoo: A Case Series and Review of the Literature
Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
© 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 84–88, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Gilbertson, K., Jarrett, R., Bayliss, S. J. and Berk, D. R. (2012), Scalp Discoloration from Selenium Sulfide Shampoo: A Case Series and Review of the Literature. Pediatric Dermatology, 29: 84–88. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1470.2011.01410.x
- Issue published online: 18 JAN 2012
- Article first published online: 31 MAR 2011
Abstract: We describe six patients who developed orange to red–brown scalp discoloration after application of selenium sulfide–containing shampoos. This phenomenon has been described only once previously. In all of the cases, the discoloration resolved shortly after discontinuing the selenium sulfide. Lightly swabbing with isopropyl alcohol facilitated removal of the discoloration. This simple technique serves as a painless diagnostic method, which may prevent unnecessary evaluation with a biopsy.