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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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Approx 3mm size node on back of neck. Have had for years but seem to feel it better would a dry, itchy scalp cause or is that just a normal size nod?

Approx 3mm size node on back of neck. Have had for years but seem to feel it better would a dry, itchy scalp cause or is that just a normal size nod?

Cyst: Epidermoid cysts are small bumps that develop beneath the skin on your face, neck, trunk and sometimes your genital area. Slow-growing and often painless, they rarely cause problems or need treatment unless they continue to grow. ...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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Have hashimotos 29 year old.  have very inflamed itchy scalp for 7 mths. Seen 2 dermatologists, tried cortisone crm. ANA neg, thyroid levels good. Very depressed. : (?

See another dermatol: You need a clear diagnosis to explain the itch. When you say "inflamed" do you mean red and swollen? You may need clobetasol solution or gel as well as regular therapeutic shampoo. Do not blame it on depression or thyroiditis. Save your money: you will derive no benefit from omega 3 or fish oil. When you go, bring everything ever used for scalp. ...Read more

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I have an itchy scalp and rash on back of neck, what can I use for this?

I have an itchy scalp and rash on back of neck, what can I use for this?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. 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

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Itchy scalp (esp near ear and neck), dandruff if I don't take head bath every alternate day, and small itchy bumps on scalp near ear and neck under the hair which sometimes turn into pimple and burst open. What could be the reason.

Itchy scalp (esp near ear and neck), dandruff if I don't take head bath every alternate day, and small itchy bumps on scalp near ear and neck under the hair which sometimes turn into pimple and burst open. What could be the reason.

Scalp Dermatitis: You may have seborrheic dermatitis, aggravated by applying grease, pomades, or other occlusive agents. Using a shampoo that has tar for five minutes at least every five days should control it. If the condition persists, consult with a dermatologist. Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic condition. ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Hard immovable lump where top of neck and base of skull meet along the hairline (occipital lymph node?); itchy scalp; swollen lymph nodes on neck

Don't worry: It's common at age 16 to have enlarged lymph nodes- you have an active immune system. The lymph nodes at the base of your skull in back are occipital lymph nodes. They get big from viral infections, particularly mononucleosis. If these wax and wane in size, don't worry. If they stay big, see a doctor. Rarely 16-year-olds get lymphoma. I don't think your itchy scalp is related; dandruff? ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck, headaches, fatigue, and itchy scalp? Strep throat can do this?

Not itchy scalp: Strep throat most commonly causes fever and sore throat. Other possible symptoms are swollen lymph nodes in the neck, stomach ache, headache, vomiting, and rash. Step throat does not cause itchy scalp, cough, runny nose, or diarrhea. You should see your doctor to discover the cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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4 swollen nodes (Neck and behind ears) for more than 7 months, itchy scalp and legs, weight loss, headaches and fatigue. Low wbc & high calcium. Help?

4 swollen nodes (Neck and behind ears) for more than 7 months, itchy scalp and legs, weight loss, headaches and fatigue. Low wbc & high calcium. Help?

Biopsy done?: Have you had one of the lymph nodes biopsied? I would suggest seeing an ENT specialist for further work up. Perhaps an infectious disease specialist also. ...Read more

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My dad has very dry and itchy scalp problem. This causes lot of dandruff. He has tried a lot of things but has never got good results. Need solution.

My dad has very dry and itchy scalp problem. This causes lot of dandruff. He has tried a lot of things but has never got good results. Need solution.

Serious Rx: Address it as if it were seborrheic dermatitis. A mix of antifungals and judicious use of glucocorticoids may prove sufficient; don't forget old classics like sulfur, coal tar, selenium and the various blue shapoos. ...Read more

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I think I'm allergic to hair dye, when I get it dyed I get an extremely itchy scalp and fluid filled bumps. What can I do to help the problem?

I think I'm allergic to hair dye, when I get it dyed I get an extremely itchy scalp and fluid filled bumps. What can I do to help the problem?

Adverse reaction: Hello. I am not sure if this is the response you want. But, have you considered stopping the use of hair dyes? If not, discuss with your beautician to try a different product line. ...Read more

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I have hair problem. If I put oil, result in very itchy scalp just 30min. And if I shampoo, result in dry frizzy hair. How make smooth n healthy hair?

I have hair problem. If I put oil, result in very itchy scalp just 30min. And if I shampoo, result in dry frizzy hair. How make smooth n healthy hair?

Change oils/shampoo.: You could have a mild allergy to certain oils or ingredients in the oil. Try a hypoallergenic product for your hair. There are shampoos that do not dry your hair. One of many homemade shampoo formulas is at the following website (copy and paste): http://wellnessmama. Com/3701/natural-shampoo/ ...Read more

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I am 17 yrs old, a hep b patient, and I have itchy scalp. Hair is thinning and falling. What should I do. Can I take triofer tablets without liver problem?

Consult dermatologst: You need to see your doctor or a dermatologist as you are only 17 years old and there is a scalp problem and you may need local treatment which is safe even with hep b.Probably seborrhic dermattits or others. ...Read more

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What causes an itchy scalp and cold sores?

What causes an itchy scalp and cold sores?

Not one thing: Cold sores or herpes occur when your immune system is compromised. An itchy scalp is due to dandruff or seborrhea. Stress causes an overproduction of sebum which plugs up the pores and causes dandruff. ...Read more

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Causes of a bruised feeling itchy scalp?

Causes of a bruised feeling itchy scalp?

Possible dermatitis: This possible dermatitis could be inching enough to make you scratch it hard enough to produce bruises. On the other hand, there are numerous causes of bruises and the skin and you need to be evaluated that if you're bruising is excessive. I'm sorry I can't solve your problem here. You need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

Hi, I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

No: Typically "HIV dermatitis" is not itchy at all and usually located on the upper trunk (chest) and occasionally on the palms and soles. Since people who participate in high risk behavior can have other illnesses like syphllis or fungal skin infections which can be itchy, your best bet is to be tested. Usually when someone asks there is often high risk behavior. Don't put off testing! ...Read more

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What could cause an extremely itchy scalp with no flaking, no redness, and no bites?

What could cause an extremely itchy scalp with no flaking, no redness, and no bites?

Could be...: ...Seborrheic dermatitis (which doesn't always cause flaking), or an allergy to a shampoo or conditioner. Or (i know this sounds gross) you could have head lice. Look for the eggs (called "nits"), which appear as tiny white dots attached to individual hair shafts. You may have to see a dermatologist, since it's pretty hard to examine your own scalp thoroughly. ...Read more

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I'm african american woman experiencing an itchy scalp plus everytime I comb it itch even more what cause this and what to use to relieve itch?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor. Tinea capitis, ringworm on the scalp, can cause these symptoms and requires a Rx medication. You need to be examined to determine what's going on and the best course of treatment. A dandruff shampoo for dry scalp would not help if this is tinea capitis. ...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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What causes an itchy scalp?

Psorasis: Psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and hair dye sensitivity can all cause an itchy scalp. If this occurs few days after dying your hair, allergy test to the dye to determine if you can use it. Antidandruff shampoos contain ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, tar, or salicylic acid. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an itchy scalp?

Itchy Scalp: Seborrheic dermatitis, also referred to as dandruff or cradle cap in case of children, is one of the most common causes of itchy scalp. Skin conditions like contact dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, ringworm of scalp, folliculitis and other fungal and bacterial infections may also affect the scalp and cause itching. ...Read more

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I have an itchy scalp and a swollen lymph node on the left side of my head at the lower skull line. Can you please tell me what might be the cause?

I have an itchy scalp and a swollen lymph node on the left side of my head at the lower skull line. Can you please tell me what might be the cause?

Dermititiis: You could have eczema, seborrhea, atopic or other form of dandruff. If you scratch it it will tind to worsen and flake as well as get infected. That will cause the swollen lymph node.
Start with a dandruff shampoo and stop scratching it. See if it starts to resolve in a couple of weeks ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more