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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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My son has this scab growing on his scalp . He's 3 yrs old . It's very dry and scaly white .. It's sticking to his hair .. What could this be ?

My son has this scab growing on his scalp . He's 3 yrs old . It's very dry and scaly white .. It's sticking to his hair .. What could this be ?

Several things: It could be "ringworm" (a fungal infection of the hair and scalp). It could also be psoriasis. You should consult a dermatologist, who can take a sample to determine the cause of the flaking and scabbing. ...Read more

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My scalp near forehead is dry scaly non itchy. And wen i scratch it it reveals reddened skin is it scalp psoriasis i hv few lesions on my lower back?

My scalp near forehead is dry scaly non itchy. And wen i scratch it it reveals reddened skin is it scalp psoriasis i hv few lesions on my lower back?

Maybe: Rashes are the baskin robbins of skin conditions....They come in 31 different flavors. The only way to truly know is to see a dermatologist and consider a biopsy, although they might opt for therapy before treatment to see how responsive the rash is to treatment. ...Read more

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What is this dry scaly patch on my toe?

What is this dry scaly patch on my toe?

Could be : Several things. Hard to say without seeing it. Most commonly it could be athletes foot or fungus. It could be some type of dermatitis such as psoriasis. ...Read more

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Dry scaly ashy patches on arms. What is it?

Dry scaly ashy patches on arms. What is it?

Need pictures: ? Psoriasis, is there a family history? Any other medical issues? Have you tried moisturizers? Limiting soaps? ...Read more

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Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Have it checked: Any new rash that is worrying you should be seen by an MD. Since it's hard to look at your back each day it's best to have a professional help determine if it's anything to be concerned about - especially if you have a history of lots of sun exposure to your back over the years. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a dry scaly patch of skin on the testicles?

What is a dry scaly patch of skin on the testicles?

Dry skin: The scrotal skin is very thin. Contact dermatitis is most common. Other conditions may present, such as psoriasis. If discoloration is present, seek an md. Cancer must be ruled out. ...Read more

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I have a patch of dry, scaly skin on my finger that does not itch. What can it be?

I have a patch of dry, scaly skin on my finger that does not itch. What can it be?

Eczema: It coukd be a patch of eczema which is dry skin. Severity can vary. Hydrocortisone can help . However skin on finger is thicker and may require prescription cream if it is chronic. ...Read more