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I have an itchy scalp and really itchy skin after drinking alcohol. Am I having an allergic reaction?

I have an itchy scalp and really itchy skin after drinking alcohol. Am I having an allergic reaction?

Alcohol: Not likely. Depending on how much you drink, you need to talk to your doctor about doing blood work to check on your liver. ...Read more

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 having an allergic reaction to hair color. My scalp is very itchy. Should Claritin help? And can I take two 10 milligram tablets?

I'm having an allergic reaction to hair color. My scalp is very itchy. Should Claritin help? And can I take two 10 milligram tablets?

Unlikely: That claritin would help in this condition, you can try it, but don't exceed recommended dosage, only one tablet of 10 mg You need to see your doctor or a dermatologist, as you may need Rx medications, meanwhile, hydrocortisone cream 1℅ OTC can be applied to the affected areas 2-3 times / day. In the future you want to read the labels carefully and try a small area first, best wishes ...Read more

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Am I allergic to coffee or caffeine? I've noticed that depending on what kind of coffee I consume my face and scalp can get itchy and I feel like I may be having a minor allergic reaction. I notice it most when I drink a large drip coffee from starbucks o

Am I allergic to coffee or caffeine? I've noticed that depending on what kind of coffee I consume my face and scalp can get itchy and I feel like I may be having a minor allergic reaction. I notice it most when I drink a large drip coffee from starbucks o

Adverse reaction: Eliminate the coffee from your diet but consider keeping caffeine (soda pop, chocolate) in the diet to see if it is the coffee. If it persists, it might be the caffeine. If it resolves, consider trying the coffee again or a different brand in 4-6 weeks to see if this recurs. ...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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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 have hair problem. If I put oil, result in very itchy scalp just 30min. And if I shampoo, result in dry frizzy hair. How make smooth n healthy hair?

Change oils/shampoo.: You could have a mild allergy to certain oils or ingredients in the oil. Try a hypoallergenic product for your hair. There are shampoos that do not dry your hair. One of many homemade shampoo formulas is at the following website (copy and paste): http://wellnessmama. Com/3701/natural-shampoo/ ...Read more

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What do to about my constant itchy scalp?

What do to about my constant itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp: The most common cause of scalp itching is a condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It is similar to dandruff. Over the counter shampoos containing zinc or tar or ketoconazole can be very helpful. There are prescription lotions that help when they are rubbed into the scalp. It is important you be sure that you do not have head lice. ...Read more

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What can I use for a dry, flakey, itchy scalp?

What can I use for a dry, flakey, itchy scalp?

Try dandruff shampoo: In fact, a dry itchy scalp may not be dry, but a sign of an oily inflammation like seborrheic dermatits or even psoriasis. Check to see if you have flaking on your face or your elbows or heels. Try a dandruff shampoo, like t gel or selsun. If you are not better, see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible to cure an itchy scalp naturally?

Is it possible to cure an itchy scalp naturally?

See your doctor: If you have a rash causing the itching you may need diagnosis and treatment. If anxiety is causing the itching you may need counseling, if you have dandruff try over the counter shampoos for this. ...Read more

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I have a very itchy scalp what can I use?

Depends: Would recommend starting with changing what you are using now as far as shampoo and or hair treatment, since that might have caused an allergy. If that is not helping you might need to see a dermatologist, it might be a skin condition. ...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 are the effects of scratching your itchy scalp when you have dandruff?

What are the effects of scratching your itchy scalp when you have dandruff?

Makes worse: Scratching can exacerbate the rash and make the itching worse in a vicious cycle. Best to treat with topical steroids to help with the itching. Also treat with antifungal shampoos and solutions, other topicals containing keratolytics such as salicylic acid to loosen the scale. ...Read more

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What causes an itchy scalp and cold sores?

What causes an itchy scalp and cold sores?

Not one thing: Cold sores or herpes occur when your immune system is compromised. An itchy scalp is due to dandruff or seborrhea. Stress causes an overproduction of sebum which plugs up the pores and causes dandruff. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for itchy scalp?

What is the best treatment for itchy scalp?

Thorough Hair Wash: The treatment is three folds;
1. Don't use the oil for hair untill the ithcy scalp is treated.
2. Use medicated shampoos like polytar (coal tar) thrice a week to wash hairs thoroughly.
3. Always rinse the hairs thoroughly before applying shampoo. ...Read more

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How do you help an itchy scalp? Other than shampoo.

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. We usually use topical steroids to stop this problem. ...Read more

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Hi, I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

Hi, I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

No: Typically "HIV dermatitis" is not itchy at all and usually located on the upper trunk (chest) and occasionally on the palms and soles. Since people who participate in high risk behavior can have other illnesses like syphllis or fungal skin infections which can be itchy, your best bet is to be tested. Usually when someone asks there is often high risk behavior. Don't put off testing! ...Read more

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I get really itchy scalp and sometimes, I scratch until I bleed. Help?

I get really itchy scalp and sometimes, I scratch until I bleed. Help?

Evaluation needed: Serious itching to the point of bleeding indicates a probably underlying issue that needs evaluation. Your dermatologist can help you with this. I assume you have already regularly used an anti-dandruff shampoo and have no environmental exposure which might contribute to an allergic reaction in your scalp. ...Read more

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Can you recommend any remedies for an itchy scalp and bumps on my palms?

Can you recommend any remedies for an itchy scalp and bumps on my palms?

Difficult to say: These are very nonspecific symptoms and could be allergic, inflammatory, auto-immune, etc. It would be best to get an examination from your internist or dermatologist to establish a diagnosis and treatment olan ...Read more

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What are the most effective treatments to take care of dry and itchy scalp?

See your doctor: Your doctor will treat your eczema, psoriasis, or dandruff or what ever the diagnosis may be. With out a diagnosis or cause it is difficult to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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My five-year-old daughter has itchy scalp and it's dry what can I use on it?

See below: Head & shoulders, selsun blue, t gel etc. For shampoos and moisturizing oils massaged into the scalp may help. ...Read more

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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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I've been having an itchy scalp for about a week now. I'm going to try using itchy scalp shampoo, but what other remedies should I try using?

Shampoo first: Try the shampoo for a week at least and then see how you are doing. Most dry scalp from winter will improve. ...Read more

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I hve some scalp sores with a itchy scalp been driving me crazy they seem to break after they get a certin size and pus comes outof them?

See your doctor: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I'm african american woman experiencing an itchy scalp plus everytime I comb it itch even more what cause this and what to use to relieve itch?

See a doctor: You should see a doctor. Tinea capitis, ringworm on the scalp, can cause these symptoms and requires a Rx medication. You need to be examined to determine what's going on and the best course of treatment. A dandruff shampoo for dry scalp would not help if this is tinea capitis. ...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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My dad has very dry and itchy scalp problem. This causes lot of dandruff. He has tried a lot of things but has never got good results. Need solution.

My dad has very dry and itchy scalp problem. This causes lot of dandruff. He has tried a lot of things but has never got good results. Need solution.

Serious Rx: Address it as if it were seborrheic dermatitis. A mix of antifungals and judicious use of glucocorticoids may prove sufficient; don't forget old classics like sulfur, coal tar, selenium and the various blue shapoos. ...Read more

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Approx 3mm size node on back of neck. Have had for years but seem to feel it better would a dry, itchy scalp cause or is that just a normal size nod?

Approx 3mm size node on back of neck. Have had for years but seem to feel it better would a dry, itchy scalp cause or is that just a normal size nod?

Cyst: Epidermoid cysts are small bumps that develop beneath the skin on your face, neck, trunk and sometimes your genital area. Slow-growing and often painless, they rarely cause problems or need treatment unless they continue to grow. ...Read more

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My 11yr old has developed an itchy scalp along with what looks like bites all over her mid section. She scratches non stop. Can't find any flees or be?

Bites.: It is possible you may be mistaking "bites" for hives. That's why its important to see a picture. Try giving her Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itching. For her scalp try using nizoral1 percent. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

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Allergic Reaction (Definition)

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