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Recurring Scab On 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
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
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
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
Depends: This could be several different conditions. You should see a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
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
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
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
Hi I was told by a dermetologists that I have severe dandruff. I just took out braids and I have thick scabs on scalp. How can I remove the scabs?
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
I can't stop picking the scabs on my scalp its been 2 years. What is the best way to heal the scab? It started as a tiny dot and its spread rapidly now
See a Dermatologist: It's been chronic and we need to find the etiology. Guess work may not be helpful. Please see a dermatologist. ...Read more
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
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
There is not: Enough information to answer that question. This to a significant extent can depend on why you are scabbing. ...Read more
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
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
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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
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
I have scabs on my scalp some are very painful. Sometimes there are black pepper like that fall off?
I get sunburn on my scalp every year but this year the scab hasn't gone away. Should I get this checked?
Yes: Have this checked, definitely. It could be a malignancy. ...Read more
I've scratched my scalp so much now I had some hard scabs from it. How to cure it? I shaved my head 2 days ago with clippers.
I have bloody sores on my scalp that are painful they will scab over then start bleeding again what could this be caused from have had it a few mon?
Medical evaluation: See you are on Permethrin & clindamycin. Have you been treated for some form of parasites? Also note abscess and surgical drainage? What was the cause/ offending germ? I think that you will need a physician who has a thorough knowledge of your overall condition, your diagnoses & your medications to pull this together. Infectious disease? Dermatology? ...Read more
I pick on my scalp and it bleeds all the time than I pick on my scabs I'm scared that if I keep doing it I can get cancer! Advice please I'm worry?
Been picking scabs on my scalp for a yr now & never thought abt it. I do it more when I'm anxious but feel I can control it. Is this a symptom of OCD?
I understand your distress.
You deserve relief from Anxiety.
Commend yourself that you can control picking scabs on scalp.
It is likely that experiences with unresolved feelings of worry, fear, hurt, resentment, , shame, or guilt due to stresses in your life are causing Anxiety.
Become Captain over your feelings and symptoms, NOT Victim.
See Psychiatrist for Therapy, Medication, Relaxation ...Read more
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 (ciclopirox) shampoo. On the other end of seb derm is psoriasis, which is thick silvery scale in scalp, ears. ...Read more
I have scabs on my scalp that if removed leak a clear liquid and when the scabs are gone they feel like holes in my scalp. What is this?
Rash: Need to see a picture to help you ...Read more