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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 do you think I have? My scalp looks like the gray patch ringworm at times there has been sores like a rash or a pimple. Also, black little nits like a fruit fly maybe? I feel itchy with scalp, hair feels different like it is nappy in spots, also hard

What do you think I have? My scalp looks like the gray patch ringworm at times there has been sores like a rash or a pimple. Also, black little nits like a fruit fly maybe? I feel itchy with scalp, hair feels different like it is nappy in spots, also hard

From: From your description, you may have ringworm of the scalp which is actually caused by a fungus, not a worm. Of course, without examining you and sending cultures, I cannot tell for sure what it is. A fungal infection of the scalp is more difficult to treat than fungal infections elsewhere. Treatment usually includes 1-2 months of a prescription oral medication. You should give your doctor a call and have them take a look at it. They will hopefully be able to tell exactly what it is so you can get the proper treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've been getting dry itchy scalp and chunks of brown crusty stuff that gets stuck to my scalp and hair. I have exzema. And it smells bad

I've been getting dry itchy scalp and chunks of brown crusty stuff that gets stuck to my scalp and hair. I have exzema. And it smells bad

Infection: Eczema patients are prone to staphylococcal infections. The presence of the smell and appearance of the brown crust strongly suggests the pathogenic bacterium staphylococcus aureus. Consult with your physician for the evaluation including skin culture, and appropriate treatment of the eczema and the infection. ...Read more

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I think I'm allergic to hair dye, when I get it dyed I get an extremely itchy scalp and fluid filled bumps. What can I do to help the problem?

I think I'm allergic to hair dye, when I get it dyed I get an extremely itchy scalp and fluid filled bumps. What can I do to help the problem?

Adverse reaction: Hello. I am not sure if this is the response you want. But, have you considered stopping the use of hair dyes? If not, discuss with your beautician to try a different product line. ...Read more

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I am a black male and have a very itchy scalp with a patch in my head that won't stop itching I have shaved my hair and that same spot still bothers?

I am a black male and have a very itchy scalp with a patch in my head that won't stop itching I have shaved my hair and that same spot still bothers?

Itchy scalp: It may be a little bit of a yeast/fungal infection. That can happen on the scalp, or anywhere on the body. Try an anti-fungal cream twice a day for 2 weeks (something with clotrimazole or miconazole, for example). Avoid steroid creams as they can thin the skin and affect the color over time. If the anti fungal cream doesn't help, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dandruff and itchy scalp. One friend recommended a hair food product (home made) that contains maruijana/ dagga in the ingredients. Isn't a bad idea to get secondary "high". Would this not affect me? Pls advice.

Dandruff and itchy scalp. One friend recommended a hair food product (home made) that contains maruijana/ dagga in the ingredients. Isn't a bad idea to get secondary "high". Would this not affect me? Pls advice.

No marijuana: You may consult this site for Dandruff home remedies:
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-dandruff-treatment
Wash your scalp frequently with any shampoo.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My hair r dull, gets rough after every wash, bad texture, not silky n smooth and no shine. I've itchy scalp. How can I get rid of all these naturally?

Very hard to say: The reasons may be multiple and some of them serious.
There fore I would advise you see an integrative doctor.
Best, Siranush Cholakian MD ...Read more

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Is vitamin E good to treat itchy scalp and dryness in hair and scalp?

Is vitamin E good to treat itchy scalp and dryness in hair and scalp?

Depends: If it is seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) you may need a combination of shampoos and topical treatment. There is also the possibility of scalp psoriasis or something else. Vitamin e may help to a certain extend with the dryness but may not completely address your itch (or the possible underlying condition). Give your dermatologist a shout! ...Read more

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I color my hair and get an itchy scalp after coloring. How can I prevent this before coloring? Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help?

I color my hair and get an itchy scalp after coloring. How can I prevent this before coloring? Will Benadryl (diphenhydramine) help?

Hair dye: I suggest you don't do this anymore until you find the ingredient that you are allergic to, the more you apply it, the worse the reaction and you may scar your scalp and lose hair. See a dermatologist or allergist for a patch test. ...Read more

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What can cure my itchy scalp with lots of coarse hair?

What can cure my itchy scalp with lots of coarse hair?

Itchy scalp: Lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, avocado oil and german chamomile oil are excellent natural home remedies for itchy scalp. Mix these oils in equal proportions and, add some water and finally apply the resultant mixture to heal itchy scalp in a natural way. ...Read more

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What can I do/sores on scalp, hard hair and very itchy scalp and body?

Well: First of all sounds like scalp is dry. You need to get the moisture back into the scalp. Now sometimes t-gel shampoo works great. Start there if problem persists see doctor ...Read more

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I'm suffering from a dry itchy scalp. Is it ok to wash my hair everyday with head and shoulders, or should I avoid overwashing?

I'm suffering from a dry itchy scalp. Is it ok to wash my hair everyday with head and shoulders, or should I avoid overwashing?

No: Don't wash every day. Just wash 2-3 times a week and use head and shoulders 1-2 times a week. Use a quality shampoo and conditioner too. ...Read more

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Can an itchy scalp be part of hair loss?

Can an itchy scalp be part of hair loss?

Itchy scalp: Itchy scalp can be due to Demodex mites, lice, dermatitis and these can cause hair loss. Do you have any redness on your scalp? ...Read more

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Should my hair be falling out easy even when I rub my fingers through my hair. Strands seem to come out in my hands also itchy scalp.

Should my hair be falling out easy even when I rub my fingers through my hair. Strands seem to come out in my hands also itchy scalp.

Hair Care Specialist: 28 y/o Male asks Should my hair be falling out easy... Yes, it can happen if one is developing Male Baldness at your current age. If one is under Severe Stress or if one has Dry Skin/Scalp, Seborrhea as you might with "itchy scalp" Best to see Dermatologist or a good Hair Care Specialist for proper shampoos and treatment. ...Read more

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Lately I have flakes, sensitive, itchy scalp. What should I do to treat. I used tar shampoo, vorsene nd tea tree. My hair also became dry?

Lately I have flakes, sensitive, itchy scalp. What should I do to treat. I used tar shampoo, vorsene nd tea tree. My hair also became dry?

Consider pre-shampoo: Thank you for your question regarding flakes and dry scalp. Consider as a first step pre-conditioning your hair and scalp with generous swaths of coconut oil - root to tip- before using a gentle baby shampoo. Wash and condition as usual and note the effect for a month.
Increase your intake of water and favor balanced meals.
Let me know how this works for you. ...Read more

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Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye. No visible reaction. Can it get worse/serious? Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here. Safe to use?

Itchy scalp&skin from hair dye. No visible reaction. Can it get worse/serious? Chlorpheniramine (antihistamine) tablets available here. Safe to use?

Yes: As I mentioned earlier, as long as you will not be driving or engaging in other complex or dangerous activity, it is okay to take antihistamine medication. ...Read more

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Applied coconut oil to scalp&hair overnight&covered head withAshirt. Woke up with an itchy scalp especially in the center& it stings! Also small bumps!

URNowOfficialCoconut: Go wash-out your scalp and hair gently with shampoo then tap dry it with a towel. Go get some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at the local drug store and take two capsules every six hours for a few days and see how it goes (it may make you drowsy)If not getting better, or getting worse, get a doctor to look at it ASAP. Check to see if there are any other ingredients in the coconut oil; that may be a clue to what's wrong. ...Read more

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I'm 27yr old male. I noticed since last 6months I have been loosing lot of hair. My hairs are getting thinner, itchy scalp, and break very easily.

Fungus?: Key here is itchy scalp. Makes me think fungal- something called tinea capitis. Hair thinning overall or in distinct patches? Another thought would be underactive thyroid- while more common in females do see in men and thin, breakable hair is one of many symptoms associated with this. A few blood tests should tease it out- then a trial with a medicated shampoo if bloodwork normal. ...Read more

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White things attached to end of hair when I pull it out, itchy scalp and hair loss what is this? Seb dermatitis or not? Please help

Lice?: If the "white things" are stuck to the hair and look like tiny eggs, you may have head lice. if the stuff you see in your hair is loose flakes it could be seb derm, but that doesn't usually cause hair loss. see doctor, get exam,
diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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My son 26mon old loosing hair have itchy scalp no ring worm/dandruff should I shave his head he just don't drink enough water he eats fine plz help?

My son 26mon old loosing hair have itchy scalp no ring worm/dandruff should I shave his head he just don't drink enough water he eats fine plz help?

Dermatologist: Evaluation is warranted, possibly he is suffering from seborrhoeic dermatitis or some other scaly skin condition, shaving isn't the treatment, proper management is needed, good luck ...Read more

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White Hair (Definition)

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