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Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? Dry, little itchy scalp

Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? Dry, little itchy scalp

TurnALossIntoAGain: At 22 years you have a good chance to beat this but you need to see a hair specialist for analysis of your hair and hair follicles, plus some other medical stuff, ASAP. You're shedding more than the usual 100-150 hairs a day. I assume by "Y" pattern you meant a "V, " which is thinning on each temple area, called "male pattern, " for obvious reason. Lotsa causes, lotsa possible cures. See a hair doc! ...Read more

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Can an itchy scalp be part of hair loss?

Can an itchy scalp be part of hair loss?

Itchy scalp: Itchy scalp can be due to Demodex mites, lice, dermatitis and these can cause hair loss. Do you have any redness on your scalp? ...Read more

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White things attached to end of hair when I pull it out, itchy scalp and hair loss what is this? Seb dermatitis or not? Please help

White things attached to end of hair when I pull it out, itchy scalp and hair loss what is this? Seb dermatitis or not? Please help

Lice?: If the "white things" are stuck to the hair and look like tiny eggs, you may have head lice. if the stuff you see in your hair is loose flakes it could be seb derm, but that doesn't usually cause hair loss. see doctor, get exam, diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp. I now see my scalp. What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective. Can this be serious how can I tell?

I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp. I now see my scalp. What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective. Can this be serious how can I tell?

Physician exam: Loss of hair with a painful, itchy scalp could be associated with multiple problems. Physician review is a must. Hold on the rogaine (minoxidil) until you have an accurate diagnosis for your hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) may even cause itchy skin irritation. Consider review by a dermatologist or hair transplant surgeon. International society of hair transplant surgery. ...Read more

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My all test are normal I've only mites allergy but when I eat egg or vegetable milk I get itchy scalp and hair loss please explain. ..?

My all test are normal I've only mites allergy but when I eat egg or vegetable milk I get itchy scalp and hair loss please explain. ..?

Food allergy: If you notice symptoms despite negative tests you have performed elimination diet showing you are sensitive to those foods and should avoid or limit those foods to occasional use after a wash out period of several months and hen ly in very small amounts. ...Read more

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F 40y positive ANA 1:160 speckled only symptoms are extreme hair thinning, oily & sometimes itchy scalp, dry skin help need to find cure for hair loss?

F 40y positive ANA 1:160 speckled only symptoms are extreme hair thinning, oily & sometimes itchy scalp, dry skin help need to find cure for hair loss?

Complicated: Your symptoms and lab findings may be consistent with lupus or sjögren's syndrome need more information and more lab studies to make determination hair loss may be a part of either disease. It is important that you see a rheumatologist asap. ...Read more

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I have a quarter sized bruise on my scalp's right front. The area is bald and sometimes tha bruise is itchy and there's a slight soreness if I scratch?

I have a quarter sized bruise on my scalp's right front. The area is bald and sometimes tha bruise is itchy and there's a slight soreness if I scratch?

Bald patch: Since this bald patch has a bruise and itches at times and is occasionally sore, I recommend that your physician or dermatologist examine you to check for fungal infection, chronic trauma, alopecia areata or any other skin or scalp pathology. Your personal physician may refer you to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

Multiple answers: You really need to see a doctor to find out what is going on and get proper treatment, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What cause itchy scalp?

What cause itchy scalp?

Seb derm: Most usual cause is seborrheic dermatitis - dandruff - although many other causes possible. Could try using over the counter selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoo. If not improving see doc. ...Read more

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Why do I have a itchy scalp?

Why do I have a itchy scalp?

There are many: Possible reasons for an itchy scalp. Dermatological evaluation should be able to identify the cause in your case. ...Read more

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Headaches and itchy scalp, why?

Headaches and itchy scalp, why?

May not be related.: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


Dr. Candace Spann
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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...Read more