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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

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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Took my last Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine at 10:30pm Wednesday night. Last night started getting really itchy on scalp and feet. Now have mild rash. Concern?

Took my last Tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine at 10:30pm Wednesday night.  Last night started getting really itchy on scalp and feet. Now have mild rash. Concern?

Known side effect: Itching is a known adverse effect of any opiate medication which includes codeine, and it's not indicative of an allergy to the medication. You usually won't get a rash along with the itching, but the skin will turn red where it is scratched. It generally peaks after each dose and improves within a couple hours. If it persists, worsens, or is accompanied by swelling that would be concerning. ...Read more

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Atopic dermatitis, scalp really itchy, when used baby shampoo, got worse,w hat should i do ?

Atopic dermatitis, scalp really itchy, when used baby shampoo, got worse,w hat should i do ?

Don't use baby shamp: Baby shampoo is TERRIBLE for an itchy scalp. It is the wrong pH. The pH keeps it from burring little eyes, but it is not good for your hair. Probably made it worse. Selsun Blue is a better choice.There are also prescriptions that a physician could prescribe ...Read more

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My neck behind my ear gets really itchy sometimes. Is it scalp psoriasis or something else?

My neck behind my ear gets really itchy sometimes. Is it scalp psoriasis or something else?

Need dermatology: Need to know if there is a rash and if there is see a dermatologist. Your physician can help you decide. Everything that itches is not psoriasis ...Read more

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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

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My scalp has been really itchy recently and every time I scratch it, white and black specks appear on my fingernails. What is it and how treated?

My scalp has been really itchy recently and every time I scratch it, white and black specks appear on my fingernails. What is it and how treated?

Dermatitis: The scales are likely from skin scales (older one tends to be darker). You need to find what is causing the itching. As a starter, the hair preparation used (especially something introduced recently). But there are also other causes for scalp itching. - consider a derm consult if you can't solve the puzzle yourself. ...Read more

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What causes an itchy scalp?

What causes an itchy scalp?

Psorasis: Psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, and hair dye sensitivity can all cause an itchy scalp. If this occurs few days after dying your hair, allergy test to the dye to determine if you can use it. Antidandruff shampoos contain ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, tar, or salicylic acid. ...Read more

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What are the causes of an itchy scalp?

Itchy Scalp: Seborrheic dermatitis, also referred to as dandruff or cradle cap in case of children, is one of the most common causes of itchy scalp. Skin conditions like contact dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, ringworm of scalp, folliculitis and other fungal and bacterial infections may also affect the scalp and cause itching. ...Read more

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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...Read more