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A 21-year-old female asked:

Sores (red&scabby) on head/scalp from dandruff/pimples. cant stop picking them. how do i stop so they can heal?

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
See Your Doctor Now: Chronic scalp sores that wax & wane suggest possible Tinea Capitis (aka ringworm); a fungal skin infection. Does NOT involve worms as name implies. Causes flaky, itchy scalp plaques in mild cases; can progress to scalp sores, blisters, hair loss. Is contagious; requires oral anti-fungal therapy. Do not pick sores, can lead to bacterial infection. See doctor now for prompt diagnosis & treatment.
Last updated Jan 30, 2018


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