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

Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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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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Dr. Keshab Paudel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
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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

Dr. Keshab Paudel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
14 years in practice
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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

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Dr. Vance Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Vance Harris
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
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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?

Dr. Michael Miller
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
3M people helped

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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Dr. Elton Behner
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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Hi I just got my hair fully bleached yesterday where my scalp started to burn now today my whole head is numb and scabs what can use to heal my head?

Dr. Elton Behner
Board Certified, Dentistry
32 years in practice
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Try massaging: coconut oil into hair and scalp. This will moisturize and sooth the chemically damaged skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

Dr. Michael Tomeo
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

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
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
20 years in practice
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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?

Dr. John Scuba
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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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?

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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Dr. Sunnie Skiles
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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 ?

Dr. Sunnie Skiles
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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 ?

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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Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
52 years in practice
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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?

Dr. John Chiu
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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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?

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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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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What causes scabs on the scalp?

Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Board Certified, Family Medicine
18 years in practice
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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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