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I am 39 years old. I have dark circles under my armpits, sometimes a little painful and itchy. itchy and burning scalp on sides of head and hair loss?

I am 39 years old. I have dark circles under my armpits, sometimes a little painful and itchy. itchy and burning scalp on sides of head and hair loss?

Time to visit doc: You are describing symptoms consistent with many illnesses from diabetes, addisons disease, cushings syndrome, seborrhea, alopecia, etc. You are to young for any of your symptoms to be taken lightly and all are pointing to metabolic imbalance. You need to get a complete physical, appropriate labs,and your Doc will be able to begin to address your symptoms and treat you. ...Read more

Dr. Foster Carr
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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My head feels itchy though i clean it 2 to 3 times a week.This week my hair loss has increased.Any cure plz.

My head feels itchy though i clean it 2 to 3 times a week.This week my hair loss has increased.Any cure plz.

Need to know why: In order to figure out a potential cure you need a correct diagnosis. I would see a doctor to find why this is happening and work from there. ...Read more

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Increasing body hair and heavy head hair loss along with dandruff and itchy and stinky scalp. What steps should I take ro stop it all?

Increasing body hair and heavy head hair loss along with dandruff and itchy and stinky scalp.  What steps should I take ro stop it all?

Hormone...: Your gene and hormones are playing the hand. Diet, exercise, hyzeine, scalp care- will help. Try Yoga, non stimulant vegetarian diet, Sikakai soap twice a week to scalp, reduce stress. ...Read more

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Hello I have itchy eyebrows which is resulting in hair loss...How can I treat it?

Hello I have itchy eyebrows which is resulting in hair loss...How can I treat it?

Fungus?: Seborrhea / infection with pityrosporum can do this. If an dandruff shampoo isn't working, a visit to your physician is in order -- ketoconazole or any of several other rx's is good if it's a fungus, or it may be something else. Best wishes. ...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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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 scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

Scalp itchy/sore: Consider coconut oil massage when showering rinse off or rinse w/ 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts water or massage olive oil and then place paste of baking soda on scalp for 1/2 hour and rinse. Consider Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo (if no allergy)-for fungus. May be allergic reaction to foods ( I have seen that) . Would also check for lice . F//U w/ dermatologist and allergist for food allergy testing ...Read more

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I've been using griseofulvin for months now but i still have hair loss and itchiness, should I switch to lamisil (terbinafine)?

I've been using griseofulvin for months now but i still have hair loss and itchiness, should I switch to lamisil (terbinafine)?

Itchy Scalp: It depends what you are treating, Griseofulvin does not treat hair loss unless the hair loss is caused by a fungus. If you are treating a fungus was a skin scraping done to identify if a fungus was present? If not you may not have a fungus. You may have seborrheic dermatitis which is a common skin disorder that mainly affects your scalp, causing scaly, itchy, red skin and stubborn dandruff. ...Read more

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Scalp has itchy, sore bumps and are very irritating. Haven't noticed any excessive hair loss, but it is discomforting and scalp is sore. Will it heal?

Yes, wash daily: Wash your scalp and hair daily, with any shampoo that you like. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp.I now see my scalp.What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective.Can this be serious how can I tell?

I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp.I now see my scalp.What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective.Can this be serious how can I tell?

Physician exam: Loss of hair with a painful, itchy scalp could be associated with multiple problems. Physician review is a must. Hold on the rogaine (minoxidil) until you have an accurate diagnosis for your hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) may even cause itchy skin irritation. Consider review by a dermatologist or hair transplant surgeon. International society of hair transplant surgery. ...Read more

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Itchy and numb skin, muscle spasms and hair loss. What does this sound like?

Itchy and numb skin, muscle spasms and hair loss. What does this sound like?

Neuropathy plus?: I'm not sure all three things go together. Abnormal skin sensations, such as 'numbness' or itchiness, can result from diseases of the peripheral nerves, and some of those also affect motor nerves and can cause weakness and muscle spasms. So perhaps you have such a disease, called 'neuropathy'. Hair loss doesn't usually go with that. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy, dry, and covered in pimples. I've experienced more hair loss since winter began. How can I treat my scalp?

My scalp is itchy, dry, and  covered in pimples.  I've experienced more hair loss since winter began. How can I treat my scalp?

Depends on diagnosis: It could be seborrheic dermatities, in which case a sulfur type shampoo used regularly to all hairy areas may help; it may also be a form of acne, in which case low fat diet, and a tetracylcine antibiotic may help. In winter, skin gets very dry and this may be a type of exzema or dry skin condition--moisurizer (no added chemicals). Hair loss too...Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Experiencing hair loss in shower & brushing. Hairs have whitish wisp on ends. Scalp itchy w/white flakes. Had spontaneous miscarriage 3 mos. Ago. Help?

Experiencing hair loss in shower & brushing. Hairs have whitish wisp on ends. Scalp itchy w/white flakes. Had spontaneous miscarriage 3 mos. Ago. Help?

Maybe related issues: There are sudden hormonal shifts w/miscarriage. Those shifts put many of the normally growing hairs on scalp into a resting phase. At the end of 3-4 months of this resting phase, hairs shed. Many of them should grow back unless there are other underlying health issues. If there was a significant blood loss w/miscarriage, hair loss could also happen. Flakes are most likely seborrheic dermatitis. ...Read more

Dr. Candace Spann
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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


Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more