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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


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What do I have? Symptoms are itchy scalp, burning scalp, blisters on scalp, and sting on my scalp.

What do I have? Symptoms are itchy scalp, burning scalp, blisters on scalp, and sting on my scalp.

Scalp itch: Not sure if u r on medications that can cause itching. Best to have it looked at by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Daughter complains about scalp feeling of burning, itchy, pin/needle feeling. Scalp is clear and healthy, but hot to touch. What is this?

Daughter complains about scalp feeling of burning, itchy, pin/needle feeling. Scalp is clear and healthy, but hot to touch. What is this?

Skin Irritation: This is a non-specific complaint for an 8-year old. Reassure her. Check whether this is from new shampoo, hair spray etc. If not going away in 1 or 2 days, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I am 39 years old. I have dark circles under my armpits, sometimes a little painful and itchy. itchy and burning scalp on sides of head and hair loss?

I am 39 years old. I have dark circles under my armpits, sometimes a little painful and itchy. itchy and burning scalp on sides of head and hair loss?

Time to visit doc: You are describing symptoms consistent with many illnesses from diabetes, addisons disease, cushings syndrome, seborrhea, alopecia, etc. You are to young for any of your symptoms to be taken lightly and all are pointing to metabolic imbalance. You need to get a complete physical, appropriate labs,and your Doc will be able to begin to address your symptoms and treat you. ...Read more

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Severe itchy scalp, and itchy skin when going to sleep? Feels like my face is burning itchy against pillow. I use unscented soap, and body lotions. I

Severe itchy scalp, and itchy skin when going to sleep? Feels like my face is burning itchy against pillow. I use unscented soap, and body lotions.  I

How long?: If this just started, think about anything that you have recently changed, such as your laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo, hair dye, etc., etc. If you have been outside a lot it could also be something airborne, such as dust, pollen, or dried leaves. Don't rule out your soap and body lotions either - "unscented" is not the same as "fragrance free". ...Read more

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Found two or more red dots on my scalp and they itchy and burning feeling should I get it checked out?

Found two or more red dots on my scalp and they itchy and burning feeling should I get it checked out?

Yes: Burning, red bumps on the scalp can have many causes. A common thing is a staphlococcal infection, which may require an antibiotic to treat it. ...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