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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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Scalp dermatitis? Flakey skin, big flakes, yellow, scalp-like scab texture. Spread to scrotum, wrists, knees, elbows, bleed when combing, hard to comb

Scalp dermatitis? Flakey skin, big flakes, yellow, scalp-like scab texture. Spread to scrotum, wrists, knees, elbows, bleed when combing, hard to comb

Spreading rash: The location and quality of rash sounds like you have an extensive case of psoriasis. You need tobeunderthe care of a dermatologist, prefably one affiliated with a teaching institution. ...Read more

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I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?

Possibly: Try an anti-seb shampoo and if this FAILS see yoour PCP Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to a DERMATOLOGIST for a definitive diagnosis! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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I have an oily scalp and dry hair, used scalp shampoo caused my hair even dry; used mosturised shampoo caused my scalp even oily n itched, help?

I have an oily scalp and dry hair, used scalp shampoo caused my hair even dry; used mosturised shampoo caused my scalp even oily n itched, help?

Brush your hair: Using a natural bristle brush! not synthetic or plastic. Brush hair 50 strokes daily. It will distribute the oil into hair. So no more excess oily scalp and less dry hair. ...Read more

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Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?

Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?

More info: It is difficult to answer this without more information and examination. Your question is confusing - itchy dry patches on scalp but you don't think it is dry scalp problem.In general itchy scalp can be due to fungal infection, inflammation related disorders, skin diseases just to mention few. Please discuss it in detail with a physician. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, scalp itching and rash on scalp.

Scalp tenderness.: see a doctor. could be shingles, infection . will have to be examined. ...Read more

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After applying water on scalp, oil of scalp comes back in 5mins n it irritates scalp n scalp is painful. Sweat n humidity also irritates scalp. Help?

After applying water on scalp, oil of scalp comes back in 5mins n it irritates scalp n scalp is painful. Sweat n humidity also irritates scalp. Help?

Visit dermatologist: Oily skin, or seborrhea is a common condition affecting men and women, typically between puberty to 60. it is important to diagnose it correctly and treat it accordingly as other condition might be the reason Dandruff, Sunburn, Psoriasis, Seborrheic dermatitis ,Head lice ,Poor hair care Unclean hair, allergy or chemical reaction to hair products and dyes,Eczema ,Contact dermatitis ...Read more

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How to reduce hair fall, an itchy oily scalp and dandruff?

How to reduce hair fall, an itchy oily scalp and dandruff?

See a dermatologist: There are several kinds of alopecia, which is a fancy term for hair loss-any hair loss. Autoimmune alopecia AREATA is NOT what you have. A dermatologist will help you. Meanwhile you can use a dandruff shampoo every day in the shower. Selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, and zinc pyrithione are OTC shampoos in common use. ...Read more

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Scaly smelly itchy scalp why?

Seborrhea?: sounds like it could be seborrhea or psoriasis in your scalp, assuming you are practicing good hair washing techniques. Try some sebulex shampoo every toher day and consult a dermatologist if no results. ...Read more

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Itchy and flaky pubic area, eyebrows and scalp what is this?

Fungal: Sounds like fungal and/ or yeast infestations. The facial component is called seborrhea. A topical anti-fungal like Nystatin cream might be useful. Try a selenium based shampoo wash around the genital region in the shower. Selenium is anti-dandruff, which is thought to have a fungal ("microsporum furfur") relationship. ...Read more

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Acne, dry skin, large face bump?

Acne, dry skin, large face bump?

Deep acne, dry skin: This is likely deep seated inflammation (cystic acne) that can be painful. Continue with gentle cleansing and your treatment care regimen. You may need to see a dermatologist for injection of an anti-inflammatory to calm swelling and pain. ...Read more

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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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I have a bad itchy dry scalp with patches of dry skin when i scratch it bleeds i'm losing hair is this scalp psoriasis?

Sounds like it: But it could be infection or a skin manifestation of systemic disease. Go and see a dermatologist before you lose any more hair. ...Read more

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Below penis shaft shiny,red, hair follicles inflamed can't see blisters? Protected Sex, shaved around area. Fish smell or myb sweat?No pain, but itch.

Below penis shaft shiny,red, hair follicles inflamed can't see blisters? Protected Sex, shaved around area. Fish smell or myb sweat?No pain, but itch.

Good idea to see: dermatologist or urologist for correct diagnosis. Fishy smell can be caused by STD, or fungal infection, or may be due to inflammation at follicles. Correct diagnosis and treatment will resolve your problem. hope that helps ...Read more

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My scalp near forehead is dry scaly non itchy. And wen i scratch it it reveals reddened skin is it scalp psoriasis i hv few lesions on my lower back?

My scalp near forehead is dry scaly non itchy. And wen i scratch it it reveals reddened skin is it scalp psoriasis i hv few lesions on my lower back?

Maybe: Rashes are the baskin robbins of skin conditions....They come in 31 different flavors. The only way to truly know is to see a dermatologist and consider a biopsy, although they might opt for therapy before treatment to see how responsive the rash is to treatment. ...Read more

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Tiny non painful pimple near anus in hair ?

Tiny non painful pimple near anus in hair ?

Observe for now.: And leave it alone. it may just be an irritated hair follicle. If it gets worse, you need to go see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for a painful scalp? Its been 2years that my scalp is painful.

Several.....: Recurrent irritation/inflammation/infection. Seborrhic dermatitis, Ring worm, eczema, other inflammatory disorder like...Lupus possible. Donot rule out Lice. In your environment....adulterated hair applications, lice, fungal infection tops the list. ...Read more

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What causes painful scalp/skull twitches?

What causes painful scalp/skull twitches?

Nerve irritaiton: It sounds like it may be an irritate nerve that causes it. Which one and what caused it and how to treat it - you will need to ask a doc who takes history and does exam. ...Read more

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I have a scalp pain for 5yrs Im 21now its paiful that I cut my hair twice a year so Idont have to tie it up or something and I lost alot of it help!

I have a scalp pain for 5yrs Im 21now
its paiful that I cut my hair twice a year so Idont have to tie it up or something and I lost alot of it help!

Has this been: medically evaluated? If not, the source of pain should be assessed. Besides conventional evaluation and treatment consider adjunctive treatment with acupuncture. ...Read more

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Have painful scalp lesions that split to waxy yellow color eventually turn to scab. Now have bumps like cyst that split into same thing, now alopecia

Have painful scalp lesions that split to waxy yellow color eventually turn to scab. Now have bumps like cyst that split into same thing, now alopecia

Needs examination: Your symptoms may be a form of seborrhea. It is not clear from your description if they are limited to your scalp, or if they responded to any attempted treatment. The alopecia suggests an uncommon (like cutaneous sarcoidosis), or more serious condition. Evaluation by your primary medical provider is in order, who may choose to refer you to a dermatologist for hair pull test or even biopsy. ...Read more

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For 3 days, I have had a very painful scalp, sore throat started today. Some ear pain and some jaw pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) works on the scalp pain. Any ideas?

For 3 days, I have had a very painful scalp, sore throat started today. Some ear pain and some jaw pain.  Tylenol (acetaminophen) works on the scalp pain. Any ideas?

Pain: Pain is your bodies way of texting you that there's something wrong. It may be infection. It may be muscle/joint dysfunction. It may be parafunctional habits. If problem getting worse, the severity of the problem is increasing. Call both your dentist and your physician for initial examinations. They may rx your problem(s) and/or refer you to specialists for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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How do you ease scalp pain and itch?

How do you ease scalp pain and itch?

Itchy scalp: The severity, frequency and duration of an itchy scalp depend on the underlying cause. Some causes of an itchy scalp, such as dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), can be relatively minor. However, an itchy scalp can also be due to more serious conditions, such as infection, inflammation, parasite infestation, autoimmune. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scalp pain?

What is the definition or description of: scalp pain?

Painful scalp!: Painful scalp syndrome! can now be shown by ultrasound to be periosteal inflammation of the skull. Can be related to some forms of arthritis! ...Read more

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Can anyone provide some specific reasons to what might cause scalp pain?

Scalp pain: There are various causes of scalp pain, including trauma, headache or infection. Injuries to the head, neck, scalp, skull or brain are commonly associated with scalp pain. Headaches may cause scalp pain as the result of vascular swelling, muscular tension, or nerve pain. Scalp pain is also caused by any condition that infects or irritates the surface of the scalp itself, such as skin disorders and. ...Read more

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Does scalp pain come from tmj?

Scalp/tmj connection: There are muscles under your scalp. These are attached to the temporalis muscles(forehead). So if you have muscle imbalance in the muscles that open and close your jaw, the scalp can be tightened as well. ...Read more

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Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Common.: Per Dr Jessica Wu -"it’s also a matter of your hair growing accustomed to being in one position. “The nerve endings get used to the hair being in that direction,” she said. “Then when you take your hair down, the nerve endings get stimulated again, so your scalp feels more sensitive." REF: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hair-loss-ponytail_us_58adee2ae4b057efdce88d5e ...Read more

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What might be the cause of my scalp pain (seems like a pimple or 2 are there)?

Infection: This is possible scalp infection which requires oral antibiotics.See physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the cause of scalp pain after a few days of not washing your hair or putting it up in a ponytail?

Oil glands: Our hair follicles have natural oil glands which tends to keep the scalp soft, however, after couple o days it builds up to where it stiffens the roots of hair and hence the pain. ...Read more

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My husband is having severe scalp pain. He has no hair and just the slightedt touch almost puts him in tears. What could be causing this to happen.

Shingles, infection: If the pain is localized to one side of the scalp, it could be shingles. If it is generalized it could be a bacterial infection. You don't specify how long this has been going on, but any severe pain, particularly in the head and neck area, should be addressed promptly. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have scalp pain with swollen scalp what is the cause and what doctor specialist should I go for consulting?

Scalp Pain: There are various causes of scalp pain, including trauma, headache or infection. Injuries to the head, neck, scalp, skull or brain are commonly associated with scalp pain. Headaches may cause scalp pain as the result of vascular swelling, muscular tension, or nerve pain. Scalp pain is also caused by any condition that infects or irritates the surface of the scalp itself, such as skin disorders. ...Read more

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Scalp Pain (Definition)

Painful scalp syndrome! can now be shown by ultrasound to be periosteal inflammation of the skull. Can be related to ...Read more