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A 20-year-old female asked about a 19-year-old female:

My friend has a problem with very dry scalp that scales when she scratches what can she do about it?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Dryness: One suggestion is to wash her hair with soap which doesn't remove hair oil as much as shampoo does. A good beautician can also give good advice about hair problems and care.
Dr. Li-Yu Mitchell
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Sounds like dandruff: Consider using over the counter selsun shampoo. Also can try over the counter Nizoral (ketoconazole) a-d. If no improvement, need to see doctor and be evaluated for other conditions like scalp psoriasis.
Dr. Krishna Anand
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Probably dandruff: You may be having either dandruff or allergic skin condition of scalp.Both condions are common.You can try salsun shampoo to wash your hair twice a week, watch if it helps otherwise use Hydrocortisone skin ointment on scalp twice daily for 1 week .If no relief see dermatologist.

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Last updated Jun 30, 2014

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