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I have a small scab like thing on the back of my scalp in the upper corner. I am not sure what it is exactly and it will not go away. It doesn't itch.

I have a small scab like thing on the back of my scalp in the upper corner. I am not sure what it is exactly and it will not go away. It doesn't itch.

Go see your doctor: You may need to see a derm doctor if your primary care doctor can't help you figure out what the lesion is. He may be able to biopsy it in the office. If not, he could refer you to a derm who could give him an opinion. ...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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I have a scab on my scalp that keeps reappearing. Should I be concerned?

I have a scab on my scalp that keeps reappearing.  Should I be concerned?

Yes: A recurring "scab" can be caused y many different skin diseases . I could even be caused by a skin cancer that can get bigger You should have it looked at by a doctor. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of these scab-like things on my scalp?

How do I get rid of these scab-like things on my scalp?

Seb derm?: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common scalp, face, ear, and central chest condition that appears as itchy white thin scale on scalp, and on the other areas as pink waxy thin scaly plaques. Tx w salicylic acid shampoo if no Aspirin allergy (6% is better than 3%), or clobetasol shampoo, or loprox shampoo. On the other end of seb derm is psoriasis, which is thick silvery scale in scalp, ears. ...Read more

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Do shingles appear in the scalp and if it does do scab appear?

Do shingles appear in the scalp and if it does do scab appear?

Yes----yes: H. Zoster follows a nerve on 1 side, extending 1cm across the midline. Features pain, tiny blisters (vesicles), pustules, then SCABS which heal in a month. ...Read more

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**Im asking again because I added something ** I have something on my scalp its not a pimple it is flat is gets a scab look at my profile picture 2C?

**Im asking again because I added something ** I  have  something on my scalp its not a pimple it is flat is gets a scab look at my profile picture 2C?

We can't see: the photo of your hair very well on your profile picture. We also can't cross- reference this question to a previous one. Take care. ...Read more

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I have something on my scalp its not a pimple it is flat is gets a scab I tend to pick at It and it bleeds what could it be i have pictures ?

I have  something on my scalp its not a pimple it is flat is gets a scab I tend to pick at It and it bleeds what could it be i have pictures ?

Pictures: Please ask for a consult on Healthtap Prime and upload the pictures so the physician can see what you are looking at. You may still need to see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Brown scabs with a black dot in middle on scalp - very itchy and painful when I accidentally scratch a scab off. Thoughts??

Really needs to be: seen by dermatologist, you can try some topical antibiotics but to find out what is causing these scabs(folliculitis, cysts, dandruff) and appropriately treat condition you need to see derm ...Read more

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My son has this scab growing on his scalp . He's 3 yrs old . It's very dry and scaly white .. It's sticking to his hair .. What could this be ?

Several things: It could be "ringworm" (a fungal infection of the hair and scalp). It could also be psoriasis. You should consult a dermatologist, who can take a sample to determine the cause of the flaking and scabbing. ...Read more

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