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A 28-year-old female asked:

how do i pick the dry scabs off my scalp ?

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
DO NOT PICK: Use an antibacterial SHAMPOO HOWEVER the REASONS for the Scabs is important as well!!!!!! Head lice, Psoriasis, Seborrhea are some of the reasons which may be causing the scabs!!!! See a DERMATOLOGIST and FIND OUT!! Hope this helps! Dr Z

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A 18-year-old member asked:

What causes scabs on the scalp?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Healing: Any injury to the scalp will eventually try to heal. Dried blood, mixed with died cells form a layer on the wound surface known as scab. Beneath it a new skin is formed and the scab will eventually fall off the normal skin. It works as a shied, basically.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Is oil on your scalp useful for anythign?

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Dr. Mitchell Bressack
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Preventing infection: Ringworm (fungus infection) of the scalp is common up to the age of puberty, at which time it becomes much less common. One theory is that the oil produced after puberty protects the scalp from invasion by fungus.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

I have very big, damp flakes peeling off the very top of my scalp (yellowish in color and quite thick); what could be the cause?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Fungus: It sound like a fungal infection. Tinea capitus with kerion will feature this. Be seen for an exam and diagnosis.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you stop your scalp from getting dry and flakey?

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Dr. Marya Cassandra
Dermatology 20 years experience
Rotate Shampoos: Start rotating over-the-counter shampoos daily that have the following ingredients: ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione and/or salicylic acid. If that does not help, the next step would be an evaluation by a dermatologist for a possible prescription topical.
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A female asked:

My scalp itches a lot. Also white flakes come out when I scratch it. What is this and how can I cure it naturally?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Norman Levine
Dermatology 51 years experience
Seborrhea: This sounds like seborrheic dermatitis. While there is no cure you can control it with frequent shampooing using an anti dandruff shampoo. There is no effective natural approach to the therapy of this chronic problem.

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