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Doctor insights on: Dandruff And Crusty Scabs On Scalp

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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 should I do to treat dandruff, dry scalp, and scabs on scalp?

What should I do to treat dandruff, dry scalp, and scabs on scalp?

Dandruff: Dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a common disorder that is believed to be caused by a yeast. Most treatments are geared at reducing the yeast. Such treatments include nizoral, (ketoconazole) head and shoulders, and selsun blue. Tar shampoos and corticosteroids can be used as well. This condition rarely results in hair loss. ...Read more

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Hi I have dry scabs on my scalp, what could this be and best way to treat it. I know it's not dandruff. It gets itchy and I pick them which then bleed?

Hi I have dry scabs on my scalp, what could this be and best way to treat it. I know it's not dandruff. It gets itchy and I pick them which then bleed?

Reaction: Did you apply anything on your hair? Such as chemical products or hair dye? You may be reacting to them. Also if you have eczema, it can affect your scalp. Talk to you doctor or seek the opinion of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have dandruff and a dry scalp that bleeds from scabs, do you have any solutions? Also I have dry skin around my hairline? Please help thanks

I have dandruff and a dry scalp that bleeds from scabs, do you have any solutions? Also I have dry skin around my hairline? Please help thanks

Try hydrocortisone: This sounds like you have what is called "seborrheic dermatitis". What a big word for something so common! It is in the eczema family. Shampoo with t-gel. Try over the counter Hydrocortisone cream, rub in for 30 seconds 2 times each day whenever the rash is present. There is no cure for this, it will almost always come back. Don't get discouraged, just keep the Hydrocortisone handy. ...Read more

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Do I have dandruff, psoriasis or eczema? My scalp itches and sometimes scabs in places its hard not to pick. And it snows when I shake my hair around

Do I have dandruff, psoriasis or eczema? My scalp itches and sometimes scabs in places its hard not to pick. And it snows when I shake my hair around

See details: Dandruff is unlikely to have scabs. The other issues cannot be distinguished unless one can visualized them. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi: severe burning and itching with scabs and dandruff on scalp: clinic prescribed Bactrim Sulfameth/Tmp oral for infection but anything OTC for head?

Hi: severe burning and itching with scabs and dandruff on scalp: clinic prescribed Bactrim Sulfameth/Tmp oral for infection but anything OTC for head?

Just a: Thought but you should consider seeing a Dermatologist...what you have sounds like it may be more "serious" than Dandruff. eg PSORIASIS,,, suggest you try an anti-Psoriasis SHAMPOO. Ask your Pharmacist for recommendation....

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

See dermatologist: In order to find the right treatment, one needs to identify the problem. Aside from a contact allergy to hair preparations, you may have condition such as seborrhea or psoriasis. Thus a dermatology consult would likely be the best option for you. ...Read more

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I have anxious habit to play in hair. Dry scalp, trying to quit. Picked dandruff, scab. Picked at scab & feels moist, what's that moistness?

I have anxious habit to play in hair. Dry scalp, trying to quit. Picked dandruff, scab. Picked at scab & feels moist, what's that moistness?

Manage it: You won't be able to stop, so don't be hard on yourself. Some folks are wired to do this kind of thing with scalp lesions. What you can do is manage any dandruff / seborrheic dermatitis aggressively; perhaps ketoconazole would be right for you in addition to a good dandruff shampoo, and you can ask your physician about coal tar, sulfur, selenium, and/or a bit of a glucocorticoid. ...Read more

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My scalp has been very itchy and has dry patches that scab up. I've tried all the dandruff shampoos that are out there. It also hurts/stings?

Scalp infection: You may have a scalp infection or another issue like inflammation. I recommend that you get it looked at to determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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What causes thick dandruff on scalp?

Several posibilities: A fungus, malassezia lives on scalps of healthy adults without problems, sometimes growing out of control, feeding on oils inyour hair follicles. This can irritate your scalp and cause extra skin cells to grow, die and fall off, clumping with oil from your hair and scalp, making them appear white and flaky in your hair. You may also have eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Dandruff and dry scalp?

Dandruff and dry scalp?

Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes scalp dryness and dandruff?

Dandruff: A yeast called malassezia. This fungus is one of the normal microscopic life forms that grow, along with certain bacteria, in your skin's oily secretion (sebum). Creams, foams or lotions containing an antifungal agent, such as ketoconazole (ketozole, extina), often help reduce flare-ups, supporting the idea that this yeast is a contributing factor. But seborrheic dermatitis is not contagious. ...Read more

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How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

Treat for Dandruff: See Dermatologist.
Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection.
Try over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

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Itching in scalp even if there is no dandruff.

Any new exposures: See your doctor for an exam and detailed history to try to diagnose the condition. ...Read more

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What to do about dry flaky scalp (not dandruff)?

What to do about dry flaky scalp (not dandruff)?

Wash hair frequently: To prevent dry flaky scalp using a moisturizing shampoo and crème rinse or conditioner. Try anti-dandruff shampoo if this does not help. ...Read more

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Why is my scalp smelly with itchy orangish dandruff?

Why is my scalp smelly with itchy orangish dandruff?

Dandruff: Todd you need to go see your Family Doctor or Pediatrician first to look at this. You may have an infection on your scalp causing this. They may refer you to a dermatologist. Either way you don't have to put up with this irritating stuff on your scalp. ...Read more

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What can I do about itchy oily scalp with tons of dandruff!?

Wash hair regularly: Wash your hair regularly using dandruff shampoos like head and shoulders or t-gel. ...Read more

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What is the best thing to do for super itchy and dandruff filled scalp?

Scalp shampoos: Head and shoulders and there are a few tar preparations for really severe cases. Another thing to try is scalp oil treatments- especially hot oil treatments... ...Read more

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I have had severe dandruff for 6 years. It's all over my scalp and eyebrows. What can I do?

Seborrhea: Usually when "dandruff" appears as flakiness over the eyebrows, it is not simple dandruff. Probably seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. I would recommend a consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to control hairfall? I really need to do something abt it. My scalp has dandruff and is oily.

How to control hairfall? I really need to do something abt it. My scalp has dandruff and is oily.

Hair Loss: Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition marked by itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. Although dandruff isn't contagious and is rarely serious, it can be embarrassing and sometimes difficult to treat. Dandruff does not cause hair loss.
The american hair loss association recommends Minoxidil for those who have not responded favorably to Finasteride or the use of both. ...Read more

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I have horrible dry scaley and flakey scalp...Not normal dandruff. I can't go in public like this. Help?

For dry, itchy scalp: Aloe Vera - shampoo & rinse scalp/ hair. Break off aloe vera leaves & apply about 1 TBSP o f the gel onto scalp. Rinse after 5 minutes. Sesame Oil - Apply warmed sesame oil to scalp & massage for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse. ...Read more

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From the last 3 months I have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp, which I am not sure of. I have flakes on my scalp.

Dandruff: This is very likely dandruff. We call this seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Sometimes this is associated with a rash around the eyebrows / sides of the nose or chin. Best treated with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoos. Please ask your pharmacist for one of these and use as directed - see someone if not improving after a month or two. ...Read more

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It seems like all of my scalp "sheds" into thick dandruff peices. I've tried everything, but this never goes away...ideas?

NeedPrescriptionRx: If you have tried all different over the counter shampoos. Consult your doctor and you can get a prescription Shampoo like
Selsun Sulphide or Nizoral2% or Denorex etc. And follow the directions ...Read more

Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more