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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

Dr. Alan Bauman
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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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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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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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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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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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Woman in my 30s, experiencing hair loss with itchy scalp. Symptoms started during banting diet, thyroid tests were fine &advantan drops helped? Help!

Woman in my 30s, experiencing hair loss with itchy scalp. Symptoms started during banting diet, thyroid tests were fine &advantan drops helped? Help!

The drops "helped"?: Did the drops stop the itch completely? How much weight did you lose? Normal menstrual cycles? Any meds or supplements? Birth control? A dermatologist can define your type of hair loss, determine the cause, and help correct it. ...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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When I eat vegetables, fruits, milk, legumes and red meat. I get itchy flaky scalp and hair loss just after 30 my allergy test is negative. What cause it?

When I eat vegetables, fruits, milk, legumes and red meat. I get itchy flaky scalp and hair loss just after 30 my allergy test is negative. What cause it?

Makes no sense: I'd greatly doubt that these events are related. You may be better off getting patch testing for a contact allergy then to foods, airborne allergens etc. Consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My scalp is very itchy and I have severe hair loss I recently heard of tgel if I use it will it cause more hair loss?

My scalp is very itchy and I have severe hair loss I recently heard of tgel if I use it will it cause more hair loss?

Fungal infection: Of the scalp is probably the cause. Use t/gel dandruff shampoo. If it does not help see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

Scalp itchy/sore: Consider coconut oil massage when showering rinse off or rinse w/ 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts water or massage olive oil and then place paste of baking soda on scalp for 1/2 hour and rinse. Consider Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo (if no allergy)-for fungus. May be allergic reaction to foods (I have seen that). Would also check for lice. F//U w/ dermatologist and allergist for food allergy testing ...Read more

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Increasing body hair and heavy head hair loss along with dandruff and itchy and stinky scalp. What steps should I take ro stop it all?

Hormone...: Your gene and hormones are playing the hand. Diet, exercise, hyzeine, scalp care- will help. Try Yoga, non stimulant vegetarian diet, Sikakai soap twice a week to scalp, reduce stress. ...Read more

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Scalp has itchy, sore bumps and are very irritating. Haven't noticed any excessive hair loss, but it is discomforting and scalp is sore. Will it heal?

Yes, wash daily: Wash your scalp and hair daily, with any shampoo that you like.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy, dry, and covered in pimples. I've experienced more hair loss since winter began. How can I treat my scalp?

My scalp is itchy, dry, and covered in pimples. I've experienced more hair loss since winter began. How can I treat my scalp?

Depends on diagnosis: It could be seborrheic dermatities, in which case a sulfur type shampoo used regularly to all hairy areas may help; it may also be a form of acne, in which case low fat diet, and a tetracylcine antibiotic may help. In winter, skin gets very dry and this may be a type of exzema or dry skin condition--moisurizer (no added chemicals). Hair loss too...Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Experiencing hair loss in shower & brushing. Hairs have whitish wisp on ends. Scalp itchy w/white flakes. Had spontaneous miscarriage 3 mos. Ago. Help?

Experiencing hair loss in shower & brushing. Hairs have whitish wisp on ends. Scalp itchy w/white flakes. Had spontaneous miscarriage 3 mos. Ago. Help?

Maybe related issues: There are sudden hormonal shifts w/miscarriage. Those shifts put many of the normally growing hairs on scalp into a resting phase. At the end of 3-4 months of this resting phase, hairs shed. Many of them should grow back unless there are other underlying health issues. If there was a significant blood loss w/miscarriage, hair loss could also happen. Flakes are most likely seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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I took colostrum for 1.5 months and began shedding hair. My scalp is very itchy now. I have stopped taking it from today. Will the hair loss stop and my hair regrow? I have heard that the igf-1 is the cause.

I took colostrum for 1.5 months and began shedding hair. My scalp is very itchy now. I have stopped taking it from today. Will the hair loss stop and my hair regrow? I have heard that the igf-1 is the cause.

Probably.: I'm assuming you're talking about bovine colostrum. Any medication or supplement can cause temporary hair loss (technical name: telogen effluvium), and it nearly always grows back; but you'll have to give it some time. Insulin-like growth factors (igf) are probably not the mediators in such situations, but no one knows for sure. Biotin (a b vitamin) 5000 units/day may help to speed up regrowth. ...Read more

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Hi when I eat spinach or some green veggies I get itchy flaky scalp with hair loss my allergy test with all foods was negative please explain thx.?

Hi when I eat spinach or some green veggies I get itchy flaky scalp with hair loss my allergy test with all foods was negative please explain thx.?

Eczema vs food allergy: Itchy food reactions in the skin (scalp here) can be due to T cell immune responses, and not all of those involve production of antibodies. Atopic dermatitis and contact dermatitis are plenty itchy and may produce positive patch tests for delayed hypersensitivity when immediate hypersensitivity tests are negative (no IgE). If you itch less by avoiding those foods, that's the action to take. ...Read more

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If u have mild eczema with itchy flaky scalp with hair loss when eat eggs diary fish soy nuts symptoms get worse please tell how to treat eczema?

If u have mild eczema with itchy flaky scalp with hair loss when eat eggs diary fish soy nuts symptoms get worse please tell how to treat eczema?

May it be seborrhea?: One's primary care doctor can check for medical causes. If none are found, then one can see a dermatologist, especially one specializing in hair restoration (some treatments: minoxidil, finasteride, hair transplants, . ..). Medical causes may include: hormonal problems (low thyroid), seborrhea, alopecia areata, stressful illness. Other causes: genetic male/female pattern baldness, telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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My prick & blood rast test for all foods was negative but when I eat any food except whole wheat I get very itchy flaky scalp and excessive hair loss.

My prick & blood rast test for all foods was negative but when I eat any food except whole wheat I get very itchy flaky scalp and excessive hair loss.

Unusual: It is highly unlikely that you would be allergic or intolerant to all foods other than whole wheat. Recommend that you consult an allergist to consider doing some food challenges to see if you are indeed allergic to intolerant to the foods you implicated. I don't want you to get in a nutritional bind. ...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. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more