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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 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
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
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
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
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?
Try massaging: coconut oil into hair and scalp. This will moisturize and sooth the chemically damaged skin. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
There is not: Enough information to answer that question. This to a significant extent can depend on why you are scabbing. ...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
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?
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'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 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
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
Hi I have dry scabs on my scalp, what could this be and best way to treat it. I know it's not dandruff. It gets itchy and i pick them which then bleed?
Reaction: Did you apply anything on your hair? Such as chemical products or hair dye? You may be reacting to them. Also if you have eczema, it can affect your scalp. Talk to you doctor or seek the opinion of a dermatologist. ...Read more
I have these sores/scabs ony scalp and it's not itching or anything but I can feel where they are, it's stopping my hair from growing in that small space. Do you know what it could be?
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
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
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?
Do I have dermatillomania? I constantly pick at scabs on my face and scalp when I'm bored and subconsciously.
Excoriation disorder: Do you have difficulty fighting the urge to do this? Does your picking lead to lesions? Does this interfere with your life? Bottom line - I am not sure. Evaluation is the best say to know for sure. ...Read more