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Crusty Scalp Sores
I am experiencing skin sores, itchy rash (severity: severe) (quality: severe itching) (side: scalp), rash in armpit (quality: pustules or pimples), itch, leg numbness and skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, fla
Sore/ itchy rash: May be eczema, psoriasis which could respond to steroids but may need stronger treatment if diffuse, folliculitis for which mupirocin topical and bactrim oral if not allergic would help, or autoimmune process. Or food intolerence- gluten, milk. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more
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
Coal tar shampoo: Shampoos containing coal tar preparations are helpful for patchy scalp areas. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Scalp Folliculitis: Scalp folliculitis is an infection or irritation of the hair follicle on the scalp. Folliculitis can occur anywhere on the body where hair follicles are present, usually anywhere except the palms and soles. Common places where folliculitis develops are the scalp, underarms, and legs. Treatment is with antibacterial shampoos and oral antibiotics like solodyn (minocycline) or monodox. ...Read more
May not be dandruff: Sores on the scalp fit more with folliculitis (inflammation around the follicles). There could be many reasons for this. If they are painful, I would recommend starting with a salicylic acid shampoo (like Neutrogena T sal shampoo). If the sores persist, I would strongly recommend an evaluation by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Small crusty white patch on back of scalp for 6+ months. Had before but most went away. Can't get info dr for 3 weeks. Should I be worried?
Ok to wait 3 weeks:
No worries. It's a little hard to say exactly what you have without being able to see the white patch, but what you are describing seems to be ok to wait for the 3 weeks. I definitely understand your concern but please be assured that being seen in a clinic is the best thing. Even if you go to an ER, the will still refer you to be seen in clinic. Hope this helps ...Read more
There: There are several possibilities, but it sounds most likely like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis which are red, scaly, flaky conditions of the scalp. Perhaps first try treatment with otc shampoos like nizoral, (ketoconazole) selsun blue or coal tar. If those don't work, consider prescription treatments with steroid shampoos/foams/oil treatments. Another option would be small injections of steroid into each sore (assuming you just have a few). For those with severe involvement, oral medications might be necessary and can help. ...Read more
Itchy scalp: Two things come to mind right off, head lice and ringworm. If the sores are round with raised edges and her hair is falling out it is probably ringworm and needs to be treated with an antifungal medication by mouth. Head lice can cause itching and sores also and again, until treated it doesn't get better. Take her to see her pediatrician so she can get some relief. ...Read more
You must undo your braids for the present time and allow the skin tissues to heal. The tight braids decrease your skin circulation and often allow skin infections to develop. Please undo your braids and massage your scalp with a mild shampoo. If you see any infections, you need to see a physician to treat them.
Good luck. ...Read more
Sores on head since 2009, bleed, painful, only on top of scalp have been to all speciali no answetssts?
Biopsy results?: There could be recurrent deep folliciuliyts which is chronic. Blood tests will be normal but the biopsy can be indicative of problem. Treatments to date need to be reviewed to plan new treatment to suppress problem. ...Read more
Develop sores in head/scalp after taking 800 mg ibu 2x/day & over time. Feels as though nerve endings reach down into my head/cause travelling pain.?
Dermatolo. Can check: If a person is getting sores on the scalp, a primary care doctor or a dermatologist (skin doctor) can check to see if there is a bacterial infection such as folliculitis. If there is an infection, oral antibiotics may be needed. If the doctor thinks there is some relationship to some Ibuprofen the patient is taking, the doctor will likely switch to another pain or inflammation medication. ...Read more
My scalp was itching like crazy and got sores from scratching so I washed my scalp with ivory bar soap and it stopped. Why is that? Washing stops it.
If you are sweating a lot the scalp can get very irritated and inflamed. But sometimes the scalp get inflamed from just being dry. Medicated shampoos help (like neutrogena t gel or Nizoral (ketoconazole) which are over the counter). If this does not help, I suggest being evaluated for dermatitis along the scalp which is a common and treatable condition.
Hope that helps. ...Read more
I have several white crusty hard bumps on my scalp I can pick them off and it just looks like skin they will hurt and grow back by the next day or so.
Seborrheic Dermatiti: Seborrhea dermatitis is often associated with redness, scaling, and crusting. Seborrhea also can affect other parts of the body, including the face, chest and upper back. Treatment options include application of selenium sulfide, pyrithione zinc or ketoconazole-containing shampoos, topical ketoconazole cream or terbinafine solution, topical sodium sulfacetamide and topical corticosteroids. ...Read more
I have small crusty bumps on my scalp. I can pick them off by scrapping with finger or comb. What could it be?
You can: Usually seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. A dermatologist will help you. Meanwhile you can get 3% salicylic acid (T-Sal, others) shampoo. Apply a few drops of water to the crusts, then a drop of shampoo. Get in shower a few hours later and wash out. Tar shampoo is favored by many but smells of tar. ...Read more
Lots of small red sores on scalp. Mainly on both sides of the head. I can't stop touching & picking them. What are they!?
Can you have: Someone check you for lice? That would be my first concern. After that, you have to think dermatitis of some kind (Huge work up will require doctor visit). The nits are easier to spot than the bugs especially in dark hair and they are usually close to the scalp. You should invest in the combing gel because the glue they use to secure the nits is like concrete. ...Read more
Why do lumps keep appearing on my scalp? Some are crusty (eczema like), some are plain lumps. Some go away, some remain. New ones appear often.
I have bloody sores on my scalp that are painful they will scab over then start bleeding again what could this be caused from have had it a few mon?
Medical evaluation: See you are on Permethrin & clindamycin. Have you been treated for some form of parasites? Also note abscess and surgical drainage? What was the cause/ offending germ? I think that you will need a physician who has a thorough knowledge of your overall condition, your diagnoses & your medications to pull this together. Infectious disease? Dermatology? ...Read more
I have burning & itching sores on my scalp and it has spread to my entire neck area. It. Is very painful and I have not used any new products except t?
SeborrheicDermatitis: A common skin condition that affects the scalp. Stress and fatigue often contribute to seborrheic dermatitis. Particularly stressful events and situations can actually worsen seborrheic dermatitis almost immediately. There’s no cure for this condition, it is possible to get it under control and eliminate future flare-ups. Rec. See your pcp to get the final diagnosis and management. ...Read more