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Morgantown, WV
A 30-year-old female asked:

My daughter 2 years constantly itches her head but no dendruff or eczema, changed several shampoos. what can it be?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Wager
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Head lice? ringworm?: Itchy scalp can mean many things, including treatable causes, such as head lice (pediculosis capitis) or ringworm (tinea capitis. I would start by bringing your daughter to see her doctor, who may find a treatable cause, or may recommend therapeutic shampoos for conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, or creams for eczema.
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Dr. Tara Passow
Dermatology 41 years experience
Unsure: Usually, i see this kind of problem in much older people, and often can't find a cause. One simple thing to try is a 1% Hydrocortisone liquid that's rubbed in up to twice a day. One brand i know of is scalpicin maximum strength. I wouldn't try the regular scalpicin which contains salicylic acid - i'd be afraid it would make the itch worse. Any chance there could be head lice?
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
This is most likely head lice. You can try lice medication over the counter
Dec 13, 2014
Last updated Apr 30, 2016


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