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A 30-year-old female asked:

Dry skin on head for over 10yrs. head itches & gets worse if hair is wet. anti dandruff shampoo works 50%. within 3 days, head starts smelling bad. oily hair. ears permanently flaky/skin visible.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Doctor can examine: Prevent dryness (shouldn't wash hair too often). A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections on the scalp. If checking for fungal infections, the dermatologist may take hair samples to culture. Doctors may also try cortisone or triamcinolone sprays to counteract dryness. Some patients put olive oil on the scalp for a while, before showering.
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Last updated Sep 22, 2019


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