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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

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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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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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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I have 2 bloody red scabs on my scalp! i don't think it's lice and I haven't hit my head on anything! what should I do, I'm worried ?

I have 2 bloody red scabs on my scalp! i don't think it's lice and I haven't hit my head on anything! what should I do, I'm worried ?

Scabs on scalp: First DO NOT pick at them. Sometimes this could be why, if they have been there a long time, they have not healed. Second, there is a reason you have them in the first place. Best to have them examined by your doctor. All rashes are best diagnosed by inspection by a professional. He or she has probably seen them before and and can prescribe the best treatment. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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My scalp smells and idk why. I wash my hair every day and don't have any scabs or rashes so why does it stink?

Systemic problem?: be sure not using any medications or herbs/spices or strong odor foods that could be coming out as smells on the scalp. have a dermatologist look at it and get blood work to be sure all vitamins/minerals and thyroid ok. very unusual that it is not other parts of the body , only the scalp if systemic so see a dermatologist ...Read more

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My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

My scalp is often itchy and flaky, and it feels like scabs. Sometimes there's a little blood when I scratch it. I've tried dandruff shampoos but they haven't worked. I've also tried off-the-shelf treatments but they sting. What can I do?

See dermatologist: In order to find the right treatment, one needs to identify the problem. Aside from a contact allergy to hair preparations, you may have condition such as seborrhea or psoriasis. Thus a dermatology consult would likely be the best option for you. ...Read more

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