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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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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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I m looking for cure of seboric dermatitis.. Suffring with facial dandruff with itching and redness, and hair dandruff with itchy scalp and hair fall.

I m looking for cure of seboric dermatitis.. Suffring with facial dandruff with itching and redness, and hair dandruff with itchy scalp and hair fall.

Seborrheic dermatiti: Seborrheic dermatitis tends to be chronic, and there's usually no strategy that stops it permanently. But treatments, including many you can try at home, may control your signs and symptoms during a flare-up. Anti fungal agents that you want to look for in the products you buy are: ketoconazole, ciclopirox, terbinafine (lamisil), zinc pyrithione, coal tar, and salacylic acid. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a red itchy scalp?

What does it mean to have a red itchy scalp?

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

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Very itchy scalp, flaking, red spots from scratching, feels like crawling on head(and body a little). Just started yesterday.

Very itchy scalp, flaking, red spots from scratching, feels like crawling on head(and body a little). Just started yesterday.

Itchy scalp: Your condition you describe may be head lice. Have someone search your scalp and hair carefully for lice and for eggs called nits glued to hairshaft near scalp. Call your doctor to report your situation and ask how to proceed. ...Read more

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My 6 yr. Old daughter has a very itchy scalp. Primarily the back if her head. It's noticeably red. What would the best steps be to take?

My 6 yr. Old daughter has a very itchy scalp.  Primarily the back if her head.  It's noticeably red.  What would the best steps be to take?

See a dermatologist: One of the causes of a very itchy scalp in a child is tinea capitis (ringworm of the scalp). If allowed to progress, it can result in hair loss and even an inflammatory process called a kerion. Please have her evaluated as soon as possible. Meanwhile, it is a contagious process, so please do not allow her to share styling tools or hats with other children. ...Read more

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I have a itchy scalp without flaking, scaling, dandruff, red or inflammed areas. The severe itching seems to only happen while i sleep. Please help!?

I have a itchy scalp without flaking, scaling, dandruff, red or inflammed areas. The severe itching seems to only happen while i sleep. Please help!?

Itchy scalp: Try a dandruff shampoo in the shower every night. Use a Hydrocortisone liquid solution after the shampoo if you still itch. If there is no relief, see a dermatologist. Otc shampoos include head & shoulders, selson, dhs, nizoral, (ketoconazole) tsal, tgel, etc. The generics should also work. ...Read more

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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...Read more


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