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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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How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

How do I get rid of a herpes rash on my scalp??

Herpes zoster?: "Herpes rash" the scalp probably is herpes zoster (shingles), not herpes simplex. If a doctor diagnosed it, s/he probably prescribed standard treatment like valacyclovir, and maybe also a corticosteroid like prednisone. If not, contact the doctor. If this is self diagnosed and you haven't seen a doctor, do it ASAP for proper care -- the sooner the better for effective treatment. ...Read more

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Can children have herpes on their scalp?

Yes: Yes they can, particularly in newborns who are infected from vaginal/genital herpes in the mother.Often why c-sections are recommended if mom has active herpes in those locations. ...Read more

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Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Does herpes affect hair follicles on the scalp.

Antiviral medicine: Dear Faye: skin herpes can certainly affect hair folicles...I would certainly recomend a visit to the dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis and the then start taking the apppropiate anti-viral medicine... ...Read more

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I have itchy blisters bumps or something in my scalp, trying to figure out if it's related to herpes which I also have?

I have itchy blisters bumps or something in my scalp, trying to figure out if it's related to herpes which I also have?

Dermatologist: Without being able to visualize these and to obtain further history it sounds as if this should be seen by a doctor, preferably a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have skin colored to pink bumps that come and go randomly on my neck, chest, and scalp. They're itchy and have now spread to my gf. Not herpes.

I have skin colored to pink bumps that come and go randomly on my neck, chest, and scalp.  They're itchy and have now spread to my gf. Not herpes.

Scabies?: is a possibility as well as other possible causes such as bug bites so see a doctor to get it diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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A breastfeeding mother has herpes on forehead, scalp and looks like her lips are swollen..what to take?

A breastfeeding mother has herpes on forehead, scalp and looks like her lips are swollen..what to take?

Glad you asked but..: It's important for this mother to see a doctor, first, to confirm the diagnosis, and, second, to get the right treatment. Oral antivirals like acyclovir & valacyclovir are modestly helpful in treating Herpes Simplex Virus. Meanwhile,the mother must be very careful not to let her baby contact her skin rash. Hand washing before caring for the baby is also important. ...Read more

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp,cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Was diagnosis with mono and herpes simplex I in scalp and have burning in back of throat and nasal passage too for 2 months is this related to diagnos?

Maybe: herpes of the mouth is usually confined to lip areas or nasal opening "cold sores" in children it can appear in the throat mono can 'run you down' and you may be more vulnerable to infections of the throat and gums which may respond to antibiotics ...Read more

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How can I tell if i really have an allergic reaction, and not a variant of the herpes virus? I have had a sore throat for a few days, and began breaking out with chickenpox like symptoms, with blisters starting on my scalp, spreading all over to my face,

How can I tell if i really have an allergic reaction, and not a variant of the herpes virus? I have had a sore throat for a few days, and began breaking out with chickenpox like symptoms, with blisters starting on my scalp, spreading all over to my face,

This : This definitely sounds like it could have been a herpes outbreak as opposed to an allergic reaction. There are two types of herpes viruses (1 and 2). In the past type 1 was associated with cold sores and type 2 with genital herpes. Now it has been proven that both types can be found in either location. A quick way for you to know if you have been exposed to the herpes virus is by requesting a blood tests that checks for antibodies to both types of herpes. If the test comes back positive for either type then you can assume that you may have had an outbreak, and it if happens again see your doctor at the onset of symptoms and request treatment for herpes. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My mother is 56 and she has herpez zoster also she is complaining from itching in her scalp and ear , what do you recomend for the itching?

My mother is 56 and she has herpez zoster also she is complaining from itching in her scalp and ear , what do you recomend for the itching?

Same area as zoster?: Are you saying that the itching occurs at the same site of the shingles? If so, she may try zostrix (capsaicin) (otc) which may sting a little or topical Hydrocortisone cream. The lesions may take weeks to completely heal. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more