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Itchy Red Patches On Scalp
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
I have a 1” red, itchy patch on scalp. It’s itched for at least 6-12 months, but just saw it w/ short haircut. Is this psoriasis? Should I see a Dr?
Maybe: See a dermatologist and have the lesion evaluated. Then you will know the cause for certain. ...Read more
Good afternoon Dr. Barry. I have a question for you about a problem I am having with my scalp. Everytime I go get a haircut at the barber shop, I end up having these red itchy and irritated patches of skin on the back of my head. Do you know what it could
I am not dr berry: Well I am not your dr berry. But sounds like your skin is getting a little razor burn. Must be going close to the scalp when you are getting shaved. Out some a and d ointment in and that should make you feel better. Also be sure the equipment is cleaned properly after each cutting. ...Read more
I've had dandruff for about 3-4 years, but now I have a big red patch on my scalp, and small ones on my neck, and it's really itchy. What is this?
Need to be examined: Can't really tell by your description, more history and physical examination required, kindly see a dermatologist, you can start with your doctor who may refer you, good luck ...Read more
I have extremely itchy, sore scalp for months. Periodically I see red patches that disappear shortly. Today I got white flakes when I itched. Thoughts?
7 days ago itchy body scalp to ankles eves & nite, red bumpy patches near my wrists. Wakes me up. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps. Back again the next eve /nite. Why?
Many: There are many potential causes for itchy bumps but if benadryl (diphenhydramine) helps, you may continue with Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night and a non-sedating antihistamine during the day. If the problem worsens or persists beyond 6 weeks, see an allergist or dermatologist. My initial take is that you are either having a viral infection or a drug reaction. ...Read more
Dandruff and dry skin I have patches of dry itchy skin on my scalp and hair-line. I also have a few patches of red itchy skin near my eyes and eyebrows. Any idea what would be the cause of this and any solutions would be great too.
I have an itchy scalp and a large red itchy patch on my forehead. I also have swollen lymph nodes around my ear. I got my hair done last Wednesday.
If ALL the symptoms are on SAME side of your head and don't cross the midline then I'm worried about shingles which can later become painful. Starting treatment right away is critical
A chemical allergic reaction is also possible especially if your hair was dyed and should have it looked at. ...Read more
My brother has developed red oval flaky -itchy patches on his arm, leg, back, abdomen, scalp, ear and eye lash, genitals. Can this be psoriasis?
I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!
Multiple answers: You really need to see a doctor to find out what is going on and get proper treatment, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
Small bump on scalp. Originally thought it was traction, but it's been several months now. No redness, not itchy, not visible, no pain, hard.
Cyst of the scalp: More likely it is a benign cyst of the scalp....An excision of the the lesion will prove the diagnosis and also take care of the problem.... ...Read more
Localized mildly itchy area on very top of scalp for past week. No redness, no inflammation, no flaking. What could it be? No changes in hair care.
Sounds treatable: Try otc use of selsun blue. Sometimes we have minimal-symptom fungal infections of the scalp that can present like this. If this does the trick, keep using it for another week beyond resolvement, and for any flare-ups. If it doesn't work, call your doctor for an appointment for further evaluation. ...Read more
I have itchy scalp. No dandruff. No flaking. Just a little bit of redness. Sometimes there are these hard white bits like the 'seeds' of pimples help?
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
Itchy/burning sensation in skin followed by welts, little bumps or redness since april, especially at scalp and inside ears, help anyone, what's wrong?
Need evaluation: May need o see a Dermatologist or Allergist for further testing and management ...Read more
I have a condition on my scalp. It is itchy, red, and I also have flaking. I have tried all kinds of?
Seborrhea/Psoriasis?: It could be either of these or a combination sometimes called "sebopsoriasis". If you haven't tried it yet, it might be worth trying Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo, now available over the counter (otc). This is an anti-fungal shampoo that can sometimes even cure seborrhea if used for at least a month. If this doesn't work, you may have a chronic condition in which case you should see your family doctor. ...Read more
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
How long?: If this just started, think about anything that you have recently changed, such as your shampoo, hair dye, etc., etc. If it is a chronic problem it could be psoriasis, severe seborrheic dermatitis, or even a scalp infection. Scalps with significant redness & swelling do not usually respond to otc treatment; I would suggest that you see a dermatologist. ...Read more
No Clue...!: If red scalp is the only symptom for longer time, s/he needs to be examined by the pediatrician to find out the cause, if any. ...Read more
Found two or more red dots on my scalp and they itchy and burning feeling should I get it checked out?
Dermatitis.: There are many causes for what you describe. You should have this looked at by a physician who can treat you with the appropriat. ...Read more
There are few red spots on my scalp, which makes my scalp very itchy. How to cure it permanently? Thank you
A few causes: Itchy scalp spots can be many things. I would try some anti-dandruff shampoo 3-5 time per week for a couple weeks, and if that doesn't help, then see a doctor. Sometimes, this kind of problem needs a doctors evaluation. Other things this could be include tinea capitis (fungal infection), psoriasis, discoid lupus, lichen planopilaris, early alopecia areata among many others. Get it checked out. ...Read more