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Dr. Michael Miller
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Why do I have scabs on scalp that won't heal?

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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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 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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Dr. Michael Miller
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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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I have pemphigus vulgaris and I am treating it with mycophenolate and prednisone. Currently, I have scabs on my scalp that apears to not heal. What is causing this not to heal? The prednisone?

I have pemphigus vulgaris and I am treating it with mycophenolate and prednisone. Currently, I have scabs on my scalp that apears to not heal. What is causing this not to heal? The prednisone?

Pemphigus: Your pemphigus condition could be causing sores/scabs in your scalp just as it could be causing other sores/scabs in other bodily areas. Follow-up with your dermatologist. Prednisone is anti-inflammatory and should generally help your pemphigus and not be causing spontaneous sores/scabs in your scalp. ...Read more

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Dr. John Scuba
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Small 3/8" scab-lump on scalp won't heal. Been there over 6 months. Does not change in size or hurt. Just won't go away. Afraid its cancer?

Small 3/8" scab-lump on scalp won't heal. Been there over 6 months. Does not change in size or hurt. Just won't go away. Afraid its cancer?

Scalp lump: Most skin conditions like this should be evaluated by a physician. In sun exposed areas, tissue damage results in changes in the nature and texture of the skin, including benign things like seborrheic keratosis, but also skin cancers like basal and squamous cell tumors. A biopsy always takes guesswork out of the equation. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Richard Zimon
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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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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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