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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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Red patches on scalp, not itchy. What is it? What causes that?

Red patches on scalp, not itchy. What is it? What causes that?

RED PATCHES SCALP: DON'T KNOW WITHOUT SEEING.
COULD BE PSORIASIS.
DONT KNOW HOW LONG IT HAS BEEN THERE.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST SOONEST! ...Read more

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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

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

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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?

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

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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?

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

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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.

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.

Dermatitis: 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

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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?

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?

Yes: By your description it does sound like Guttate Psoriasis. The flakes tend to be more greasy rather than dry. Itching however is not a prominent feature. Another possibility is Seborrheic Dermatitis He should see his doctor for a more definitive diagnosis ...Read more

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I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

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

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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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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

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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

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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 to do if I have red scalp! Sometimes itchy.?

What to do if I have red scalp! Sometimes itchy.?

For dry, itchy scalp: Aloe Vera - shampoo & rinse scalp/ hair. Break off aloe vera leaves & apply about 1 TBSP o f the gel onto scalp. Rinse after 5 minutes. Sesame Oil - Apply warmed sesame oil to scalp & massage for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse. ...Read more

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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

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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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What would make my scalp red itchy and swollen?

Several possibles: There are several causes including psoriasis, eczema and seborrhea. See a dermatologist to learn the cause and the best treatment. ...Read more

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Scalp is itchy red and swollen how do I treat my scalp?

Scalp is itchy red and swollen how do I treat my scalp?

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

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My 3 year old had a very red scalp. It's not itchy or blistered, what could this be?

My 3 year old had a very red scalp. It's not itchy or blistered, what could this be?

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

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Found two or more red dots on my scalp and they itchy and burning feeling should I get it checked out?

Found two or more red dots on my scalp and they itchy and burning feeling should I get it checked out?

Yes: Burning, red bumps on the scalp can have many causes. A common thing is a staphlococcal infection, which may require an antibiotic to treat it. ...Read more

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What would cause a flat or very slightly raised red non itchy spot on the scalp.

Multiple Things: Red, non itchy spots can be from many triggers- a rash, a benign growth, or cancer. It should be evaluated by a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why do I have itchy head and red nasty spots on scalp?

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

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There are few red spots on my scalp, which makes my scalp very itchy. How to cure it permanently? Thank you

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