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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'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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Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do ?

Mom last night had hives all over head, itchy sore scalp, red & painful ears. Had to use ice packs & Benadryl. What could it be & what should she do ?

See Doc: If the area is painful and itchy involving only half of the head area, this is likely shingles. Consult your doctor immediately since timely dosing with anti-viral medication may shorten the duration and severity of the disease. ...Read more

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What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

What is this - jetlag, sneezing, itchy throat, dry cough, chills, temp is 37C, sore scalp, nasal drip, a lil fatigue, loose stool, no body pain?

So far: So far it sounds like a cold of which there are many types. If you go on to get fever and body aches it could be a flu. If you develop watery diarrhea it may be the norovirus or rotovirus. ...Read more

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My scalp is extremely sore and itchy. What's happening?

My scalp is extremely sore and itchy. What's happening?

Several things: This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests. Only after all this will your doctor be in a position to tell you what's wrong and what needs to be done to help you. ...Read more

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My scalp was sore and itchy but when I washed it, the soreness and itchiness went away. Why is that?

Wash irritant away?: Scalp or skin soreness/itchiness that improves after washing can be due to an irritant that got washed away, or a dry area that responded to a shampoo or soap that had conditioner/moisturizer in it. Unfortunately, it is not possible to say for certain in this forum what happened in your case; that would require history and examination. ...Read more

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Ihave been told I have psorissis on my scalp they said it would be itchy but not sore mine is pain ful and also causes headaches?

Ihave been told I have psorissis on  my scalp they said it would be itchy but not sore  mine is pain ful and also causes headaches?

Psoriasis: Psoriasis can be sore, especially if there is a superimposed bacterial infection. Please see your dermatologist. You may need a bacterial culture done and some antibiotics in addition to psoriasis treatment. ...Read more

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Why is my scalp itchy and sore?

Why is my scalp itchy and sore?

Many possibilities: Consider dandruff (fungal), psoriasis, allergic reaction to shampoo contents, conditioner or hair dye- very broad question- more information needed to determine the cause ...Read more

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What is a good shampoo for sore itchy scalp is there a dr you can see for this thanks?

Zinc: Use a shampoo that contains zinc pyrithione, such as Head & Shoulders. This is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It treats seborrheic dermatitis and can help prevent folliculitis. ...Read more

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I have red spots on my scalp. It isn't itchy or flaky but it is slightly sore. I've never had a problem like this before. What do you think it is?

I have red spots on my scalp. It isn't itchy or flaky but it is slightly sore. I've never had a problem like this before. What do you think it is?

Clogged pores: This is possible folliculitis. An acne type eruption. Try to avoid hair spray and serums on the scalp. Also using a sal acid shampoo might help. If the condition does not resolve see a doctor for prescription medication. ...Read more

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I'm have afro carribean hair and my scalp is very flakey, itchy, inflammed and sore. What shampoo's can I use?

Dandruff: I would try over the counter Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo or t-gel shampoo. If the otc Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo is helpful there is a prescription strength Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo. ...Read more

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I have itchy sore dry scalp and i've tried all types of oils, greases, shampoos. How can I fix this problem? My hair is a buzz cut.

I have itchy sore dry scalp and i've tried all types of oils, greases, shampoos. How can I fix this problem? My hair is a buzz cut.

Itchy Scalp: "itchy scalp can be a frustrating problem. There are several things which can cause it. Dandruff is the most common. Dandruff is caused by overgrowth of yeast on your scalp. The yeast triggers inflammation and itching. It usually causes flaking, but not always. When the scalp is red and flaky from dandruff we often call it seborrheic dermatitis, but the cause is the same. Try clobetasol soln. ...Read more

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I have a quarter sized bruise on my scalp's right front. The area is bald and sometimes tha bruise is itchy and there's a slight soreness if i scratch?

I have a quarter sized bruise on my scalp's right front. The area is bald and sometimes tha bruise is itchy and there's a slight soreness if i scratch?

Bald patch: Since this bald patch has a bruise and itches at times and is occasionally sore, I recommend that your physician or dermatologist examine you to check for fungal infection, chronic trauma, alopecia areata or any other skin or scalp pathology. Your personal physician may refer you to a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

Scalp itchy/sore: Consider coconut oil massage when showering rinse off or rinse w/ 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts water or massage olive oil and then place paste of baking soda on scalp for 1/2 hour and rinse. Consider Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo (if no allergy)-for fungus. May be allergic reaction to foods ( I have seen that) . Would also check for lice . F//U w/ dermatologist and allergist for food allergy testing ...Read more

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I have itchy sore bumps on my scalp mostly around the hairline. Organix scalp therapy shampoo seems to be helping get rid of them. Do i continue?

Healthtap is a: Medical site. See that you have a large number of questions about hair. Found a site that may be a good match for you: http://www.Hairfinder.Com/askhairquestions.Htm you can ask questions online and a cosmotologist will answer them. ...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