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I've been washing my itchy, sore, scalp with dandruff shampoos and dermarest shampoo. My scalp still itches. Why?

I've been washing my itchy, sore, scalp with dandruff shampoos and dermarest shampoo. My scalp still itches. Why?

Doesn't change: The underlying condition. Most of the causes (allergy, eczema, psoriasis) have inflammation and the over the counter shampoos are not anti-inflammatory. Frankly, the prescription ones are quite weak also. Usually oral medication is required. ...Read more

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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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Common small)dandruff and areas of yellowish dry scales of dandruff. Scalp without redness or silver scales. Some itching and soreness on those places?

Common small)dandruff and areas of yellowish dry scales of dandruff. Scalp without redness or silver scales. Some itching and soreness on those places?

P and S shampoo is: The best for this, I don't know if they even make it anymore. Always concerned about superinfection so see derm ...Read more

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Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Lump: Please start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor. If she/he can help - great. If not you will be referred to a specialist.
Please let me know how this works out. ...Read more

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My scalp itches all the time and I have scabs on my scalp what could this be?

My scalp itches all the time and I have scabs on my scalp what could this be?

Dandruff: There is benign condition of skin sloughing off from the scalp and make you uncomfortable. The most important thing to make sure is that it is not fungal infection in which case, you require specific antifungal medication. For simple skin flecking, using anti- dandruff shampoo is something to start with. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel like things are crawling on me & my scalp itches. Ideas on what this could be?

Many possibilities: The feeling of bugs crawling on your skin can be caused by a variety of different conditions some of which including peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, vitamin B12 deficiency, Morgellons disease and side effects to medications. You may even actually have little bugs crawling on your skin. Discuss it with you physician and have them help you determine the cause. ...Read more

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My scalp, neck, and under my chin itches?

My scalp, neck, and under my chin itches?

Information: There is not enough information to try to identify the cause of your itching. Treatment usually follows cause. Take care. ...Read more

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I have a raised red line on my scalp that itches really bad. Could it be worms?

Not likely: If it's a raised line in a rough circle, with some clearing and loss of hair in the middle, then it could be 'ringworm, ' which isn't actually a worm but a fungus. Worms under the skin are possible but are typically a third-world issue. Could also be contact dermatitis/allergy or another kind of infection like staph. See your doctor to help define what it is. ...Read more

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I have sore on neck been there bout 2yrs. It itches and scabs up then falls off looks like it is getting alittle bigger.?

I have sore on neck been there bout 2yrs. It itches and scabs up then falls off looks like it is getting alittle bigger.?

Not healing: If a lesion is not healing and is increasing in size, your best bet is to be evaluated by your dermatolgist. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I don't think I have dandruff but my scalp itches like crazy. Weven hen I shampoo or condition and rinse thoroughly. Any suggestions?

I don't think I have dandruff but my scalp itches like crazy. Weven hen I shampoo or condition and rinse thoroughly. Any suggestions?

Need to see Doctor: Itchy scalp is due to an inflammatory reaction on the scalp. It is a common problem among adults. It can be caused by
1seborrhic dermatitis which cause dandruff
2hypothyroidism
3lupus erythematotus
4scalp infections with fungi and bacteria
5allergy to shampoos or hair dyes/dressings
a persistant itchy scalp needs to be examined and evaluated by your doctor or dermatologist. ...Read more

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My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

Dry skin - showers?: The most common cause is dryness of the skin precipitated by showers. After each shower, rub lotion such as Cetaphil or Aveena on back and legs to moisturize skin. If this doesn't resolve the problem within two weeks, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My scalp itches a lot and I scratch until it bleeds. I take off the dry blood when it dries. Can I get cancer from that? I need advice please!

SeborrheicDermatitis: Is a common skin condition that affects the scalp. Stress, fatigue and sleep deprivation are common causes. dermatitis. There’s no cure for this condition, but it is possible to get it under control by eliminating the cause.
If concerned, see your PCP for complete examination. ...Read more

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I peel pieces of hard skin from my scalp. It looks like small thick brown circles. My scalp also itches even though it's washed What could this be?

I peel pieces of hard skin from my scalp. It looks like small thick brown circles. My scalp also itches even though it's washed What could this be?

Peeling skin: The ideal is to see a Dermatologist but they often have a long wait time. If that is the case please have your regular doctor try and have you squeezed in to Dermatology. Usually works. ...Read more

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I think I may have scalp psoriasis (redish flaky patches allover head that itches)how can I tell for sure, do I need to be seen for it or buy something?

I think I may have scalp psoriasis (redish flaky patches allover head that itches)how can I tell for sure, do I need to be seen for it or buy something?

? Dandruff: Which is kind of seborrhoeic drematitis, at times may resemble psoriasis, you can try OTC anti dandruff shampoo regularly for a week or two, if t resolves, fine, continue using it at least twice a week, if gets worse though or doesn't improve see your doctor/dermatologist ...Read more

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I have a infected sore on my stomach. It feels scaley and itches what could this be?

I have a infected sore on my stomach. It feels scaley and itches what could this be?

See a doctor: Without being able to see this lesion it is impossible to make a diagnosis. Please get this seen by a professional. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more