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What causes scabs on the scalp?

What causes scabs on the scalp?

Healing: Any injury to the scalp will eventually try to heal. Dried blood, mixed with died cells form a layer on the wound surface known as scab. Beneath it a new skin is formed and the scab will eventually fall off the normal skin. It works as a shied, basically. ...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 scabs on my scalp - what could this be?

I have scabs on my scalp - what could this be?

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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How can I remove the hard dry scab on my scalp ?

How can I remove the hard dry scab on my scalp ?

Wait it out.: I would not attempt to remove it until it falls off naturally, as you may impede the healing process. You can attempt to moisturize the skin over the scab, it will improve the healing and possible accelerate the process at which it falls off. Picking at it or removing it will make it more likely to scar. ...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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What does it mean if i sometimes have tiny scab like things on my scalp?

What  does it mean if i sometimes have tiny scab like things on my scalp?

Depends: This could be several different conditions. You should see a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...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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Have had scab or crusted lesion on scalp for a few years now, its bleeds profusely if I pick at it. ?

Have had scab or crusted lesion on scalp for a few years now, its bleeds profusely if I pick at it. ?

Scalp lesion. : If you've had a lesion in your scalp for that long, and it's bleeding, whether you're picking at it or not, you NEED to have it evaluates by a Dermatologist. The scalp is a sun-exposed area. ...Read more

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I'm a 47 yo male in excellent health. Every few weeks 2 3 scabs, 1 5 mm in size, appear on my scalp then go away. Any ideas appreciated!?

Bug bites? Eczema?: Are these itchy? What is there before the scab? Neutragena makes a coal tar based shampoo that is very effective and can be used as needed. ...Read more

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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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How do I pick the dry scabs off my scalp ?

How do I pick the dry scabs off my scalp ?

DO NOT PICK: Use an antibacterial SHAMPOO HOWEVER the REASONS for the Scabs is important as well!!!!!! Head lice, Psoriasis, Seborrhea are some of the reasons which may be causing the scabs!!!! See a DERMATOLOGIST and FIND OUT!! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Why do I have scabs on scalp that won't heal?

A part of healing: A scab is a collection of red blood cells, platelets and other things that your body produces to cover a break in the skin. Our skin protects the delicate internal things from the harsh external environment outside our bodies. As the injured tissues under the scab heal. It will eventually fall apart allowing new tissues to fill in the injury. Do not pick/pull at it as this slows down healing. ...Read more

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What can I do abou scabs on scalp that wont heal?

Part of healing: A scab is a collection of red blood cells, platelets and other things that your body produces to cover a break in the skin. Our skin protects the delicate internal things from the harsh external environment outside our bodies. As the injured tissues under the scab heal. It will eventually fall apart allowing new tissues to fill in the injury. Do not pick/pull at it as this slows down healing. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the scabs on my scalp to go?

There is not: Enough information to answer that question. This to a significant extent can depend on why you are scabbing. ...Read more

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I have a couple scabs on my scalp. how do I know when they're ready to fall of? How long do they take to heal?

Leave scab alone: Scabs serve a purpose of covering and protecting damaged skin while the skin heals. Once the skin heals in and matures the scab will fall off. Leave it alone till then. It actually makes a good bandage. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting scabs on my scalp? My mam says it's stress?

Why do I keep getting scabs on my scalp? My mam says it's stress?

Several causes: A "scab" is a rough protective crust the forms over a cut or wound. But when it comes to the scalp, most scabs don't come from a condition itself but result from repeated scratching which injures the skin. Conditions such as eczema, dandruff and psoriasis cause irritation of the scalp,which in turn causes scratching and then scab formation. SEE: http://bit.ly/1BDp67O and http://bit.ly/1yC8iSn ...Read more

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What should I do to treat dandruff, dry scalp, and scabs on scalp?

What should I do to treat dandruff, dry scalp, and scabs on scalp?

Dandruff: Dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, is a common disorder that is believed to be caused by a yeast. Most treatments are geared at reducing the yeast. Such treatments include nizoral, (ketoconazole) head and shoulders, and selsun blue. Tar shampoos and corticosteroids can be used as well. This condition rarely results in hair loss. ...Read more

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I keep hearing a buzzing sound in my scalp, what is it. My scalp also has scabs .

Tinnitus Neuritis: Buzzing "in the head" or often reported in the ears is a symptom we call tinnitus. It's exact cause is unknown and sometimes is because of middle ear problems (chronic otitis), or inflammation of the auditory nerve often due to a viral infection. Neither condition causes skin problems on the scalp and "scabs" are often due to chronic itching or picking. You might want to be seen by an ENT doctor. ...Read more