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help please! is dandruff and dry scalp any different?

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Can be: Your dry scalp could be caused by another scalp disorder. Dandruff is associated usually with seborrheic dermatitis only.

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Is it safe to use dandruff shampoos while pregnant?

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Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Probably safe: But in my opinion i would wait until 8 weeks of gestation. While most of the active ingredients are harmless, many of the other ingredients effects are less well described.
A 22-year-old member asked:

My son looks like he has dandruff but the dandruff won't wash off. Are they nits?

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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Possibly: Dandruff is flakes of skin, so should wash off. If it does not, it certainly can be nits, as these are the egg casings of head lice and are glued to the hair shaft. If his head itches, or other signs of irritation, it should be checked out. Headlice are very infectious!
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What's the best way for me to cure scalp psoriasis?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Psoriasis: Differentiating scalp psoriasis from scalp sebohheic dermatitis can be difficult. Although treatments for mild cases are similar, oral immunosuppressants may be required to treat scalp psoiasis. Step one, see a dermatologist if otc medications are not working. Psoriasis is more likely if: rash extends below the scalp-line of if rash is also present on elbows, kneees, hands and feet.
A 50-year-old member asked:

My testicles have 'dandruff' on them, what could this be?

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Dr. Patricio Gargollo
Pediatric Urology 21 years experience
Fungus: This is almost always a fungal infection of the scrotal skin. I ecommend trying an over the counter anti-fungal cream for a few weeks. If that does not help go see a urologist or dermatologist. Patricio gargollo pediatric urology childrens medical center, dallas, texas.
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A 28-year-old female asked:

I obsessivly pick sores on my hands and scalp, why can't I stop even though it hurts? Is it anxiety or something else?

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Dr. John Hsiao
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Something else: If it 's not irritation (itching) then you probably have dermatillomania, which is just a fancy way of saying you obsessively pick at yourself. This is thought to be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder & may improve on an ssri antidepressant. Cognitive-behavioral therapy might also help. You could also try wearing a hat & gloves (kidding). Anxiety makes it worse.

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