Doctor insights on: Scalp itching

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What can possibly cause scalp itch when there is no lice?

What can possibly cause scalp itch when there is no lice?

Dry scalp?: Do you have a sensitive scalp? Are you using scented products on your hair? Is it dandruff. Try a gentle non scented shampoo. ...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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Broken hair shafts after coloring, is this a chemical burn, and how can I treat it. My scalp is itching and painful.

Broken hair shafts after coloring, is this a chemical burn, and how can I treat it. My scalp is itching and painful.

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for the exact answer and treatment. There are many people allergic to hair dye. Allergic to h. ...Read more

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I am suffering from hairloss together with an itchy scalp, what can I do to get rid of the itch scalp? I am already taking finasteride and minoxidil.

I am suffering from hairloss together with an itchy scalp, what can I do to get rid of the itch scalp? I am already taking finasteride and minoxidil.

Over the counter: Selsun (selenium) shampoo will work quite well as directed- this will certainly help with flaking and itching. I am sure that Nizoral shampoo (ketoconazole) is only available as a prescription- consult your private physician. ...Read more

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I have a flaky and itchy scalp and my anus itches really bad at times. What could this be?

I have a flaky and itchy scalp and my anus itches really bad at times. What could this be?

Scalp/Anal Itch: It sounds as if you have two contions. The scalp may be a condition called seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. The anal itch can be due to many things: toilet paper, foods, medications, soaps or detergents, improper cleansing the anal area, and more. See your physician; he/she can usually iron these problems out. Shampooin daily with a tar shampoo may help the scalp. ...Read more

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I have an itchy scalp and two small bumps at the bottom of my head on either side. Could this be allergy related since it is fall? I have been sweating a lot as well due to increase in exercise. Skin on body itches as well.

I have an itchy scalp and two small bumps at the bottom of my head on either side. Could this be allergy related since it is fall? I have been sweating a lot as well due to increase in exercise. Skin on body itches as well.

Sounds more: Like an infected scalp and the "lumps" may be enlarged lymph glands which drain the scalp!
A "hands on" exam is indicated and an anti-dandruff
shampoo with a course of oral antibiotics may be indicated!

Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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Why does my scalp itch? I have this once spot behind my ear on my scalp, th! T really itches. I don't scratch it that hard though but I did see a bit of blood on my nail. I wash my hair 3x a week because im trying to grow out my hair because it was damaged

Why does my scalp itch? I have this once spot behind my ear on my scalp, th! T really itches. I don't scratch it that hard though but I did see a bit of blood on my nail. I wash my hair 3x a week because im trying to grow out my hair because it was damaged

Few possibilities: This can be caused by several issues. Chemical and hair products can cause irritation of the scalp. You can also just have dry scalp, atopic dermatitis (eczema), allergic reaction, and sensitive skin. There are several shamppos that can help with this. The key is to remove the offending agent (s) if they can be identified. ...Read more

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I am a black male and have a very itchy scalp with a patch in my head that won't stop itching I have shaved my hair and that same spot still bothers?

I am a black male and have a very itchy scalp with a patch in my head that won't stop itching I have shaved my hair and that same spot still bothers?

Itchy scalp: It may be a little bit of a yeast/fungal infection. That can happen on the scalp, or anywhere on the body. Try an anti-fungal cream twice a day for 2 weeks (something with clotrimazole or miconazole, for example). Avoid steroid creams as they can thin the skin and affect the color over time. If the anti fungal cream doesn't help, go see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a itchy scalp without flaking, scaling, dandruff, red or inflammed areas. The severe itching seems to only happen while I sleep. Please help!?

Itchy scalp: Try a dandruff shampoo in the shower every night. Use a Hydrocortisone liquid solution after the shampoo if you still itch. If there is no relief, see a dermatologist. Otc shampoos include head & shoulders, selson, dhs, nizoral, (ketoconazole) tsal, tgel, etc. The generics should also work. ...Read more

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I m looking for cure of seboric dermatitis. Suffring with facial dandruff with itching and redness, and hair dandruff with itchy scalp and hair fall.

I m looking for cure of seboric dermatitis. Suffring with facial dandruff with itching and redness, and hair dandruff with itchy scalp and hair fall.

Seborrheic dermatiti: Seborrheic dermatitis tends to be chronic, and there's usually no strategy that stops it permanently. But treatments, including many you can try at home, may control your signs and symptoms during a flare-up. Anti fungal agents that you want to look for in the products you buy are: ketoconazole, ciclopirox, terbinafine (lamisil), zinc pyrithione, coal tar, and salacylic acid. ...Read more

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Trtd for everything from scabies-eczema. Rash comes & goes, but creeping&itching remain. Now face, neck, scalp itch too. Derm dismissive. Ideas?

Trtd for everything from scabies-eczema. Rash comes & goes, but creeping&itching remain. Now face, neck, scalp itch too. Derm dismissive. Ideas?

See another derm: You need a diagnosis. See another dermatologist and talk to him/her about coming in for an emergency appointment when the rash returns. Perhaps that rash needs a biopsy if the diagnosis is not clear from the physical examination. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scalp itching?

What is the definition or description of: scalp itching?

Seborrheic derm: Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) and see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor can you give me some tips to reduce scalp itching?

Hard to say: As the best form of treatments are addressing the underlying issue and without know any more information or having the chance to evaluate your scalp in person may be difficult to better guide you. This may be related to dandruff and in that case the over-the-counter shampoos like Selsun Blue may very well help you, but again its difficult to say for certain. ...Read more

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My scalp is itching and hurts I'm Gluten intolerant and in jested gluten why is my scalp itching is it a reaction to it? No bumps or redness

Hard to say: Gluten sensitivity is more directly related to the tissue injury triggered by immune IgA antibodies on the gut. The IBSD/belly pain/ etc. Are your standard features. However, the gluten sensitive patient may also have allergic symptoms or cross reactivity to non gluten foods/substances that can trigger a variety of allergic symptoms like itching. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more