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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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Why does my scalp itch after starting rogaine (minoxidil)?

Why does my scalp itch after starting rogaine (minoxidil)?

Dryness & Irritation: Often, rogaine (minoxidil) can cause some dryness and irritation, especially if you are using it twice a day. I would decrease the frequency of use to once daily or every other day until the irritation subsides. Then slowly work back up to twice daily as tolerated. If this doesn't help, you may need to see a dermatologist to find out if the rogaine is exacerbating a different scalp problem. ...Read more

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Can rogaine (minoxidil) be used for hair growth on scalp hair as well for women how is it used? Is it good for women?

Can rogaine (minoxidil) be used for hair growth on scalp hair as well for women how is it used? Is it good for women?

Rogaine (minoxidil): For women and men, use rogaine (minoxidil) for men because it is 5% and is the strongest. Rogaine (minoxidil) is applied twice a day but one you start using rogaine (minoxidil) you will have to use it the rest of your life otherwise the hair will stop growing and will fall out. ...Read more

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Treated seborheic derm. Itching alot where Rogaine (minoxidil) is applied. When can I color roots of my hair? Hair is very fine. Safe, if keep color off scalp?

Treated seborheic derm. Itching alot where Rogaine (minoxidil) is applied. When can I color roots of my hair? Hair is very fine. Safe, if keep color off scalp?

Confusing: Are you reacting to minoxidil (Rogaine) as a few people do? Or do you have seborrheic dermatitis? These are 2 different things. Do you have sores or badly inflamed skin? Sounds like you need a dermatology consult more than you need hair color. ...Read more

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Can you use rogaine (minoxidil) for frontal scalp hair loss with good results?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Rogaine. (minoxidil) this was the first hair growth drug approved by fda. now it's available without a prescription - extra strength for men and regular for women. rogaine's effectiveness is established in front and back for women but only in back (vertex) for men. ...Read more

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Have women used rogaine (minoxidil) for frontal scalp hair loss with good results?

Yes.: I know the package insert says it "has only been proven to work" on the vertex (crown) of the scalp - because clinical trials were conducted on that area, so the fda says the manufacturer cannot claim that it works anywhere else. However, in the real world, it works the same way on the frontal scalp as it does on the crown. ...Read more

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My father and brother have lost hair on scalp. I have not yet suffered from hair loss. Should I start taking something as a precaution. Pills. Rogaine.?

My father and brother have lost hair on scalp. I have not yet suffered from hair loss. Should I start taking something as a precaution. Pills. Rogaine.?

Maybe: If you are to be bald it would be evident by age 23. You may not need any thing, but the sooner you start the better the result. The pills are more effective but require prescription. Some people use both. If you do something the benefit goes only to those who use it religeously for many years. ...Read more

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Derm. Said I had sebhoreic dermatitis mos. Ago. Said use lotion on scalp &men's rogaine (minoxidil) 4 two mos. Now losing hair. I can't go back. What can I do? Pleez

Derm. Said I had sebhoreic dermatitis mos. Ago. Said use lotion on scalp &men's rogaine (minoxidil) 4 two mos. Now losing hair. I can't go back. What can I do? Pleez

SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS: SUGGESTION: FIRST LETS GET RID OF THE SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS, THEN WE WILL WORK ON THE HAIR LOSS.
TRY SHAMPOOING WITH AN OVER TH COUNTER TAR SHAMPOO.
IF YOU CAN, FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, SHAMPOO DAILY! YES, DAILY.
SEE IF YOUR CONDITION IS BETTER. . . ...Read more

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Derm said didn't see seb. Dermatitis scalp now. Losing hair, she said use pill and/or Rogaine (minoxidil). I think the shampoos damaged my hair why lose hair still?

Derm said didn't see seb. Dermatitis scalp now. Losing hair, she said use pill and/or Rogaine (minoxidil). I think the shampoos damaged my hair why lose hair still?

Derm=low-tech; body=: Hi-Tech & most such issues remain well beyond current knowledge/understanding. As embodied Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body creatures sending >1, 000, 000 orders/sec brain→body with similar feedback, this is the real Hi-Tech. Medicine=Low-Tech attempting to play catchup. Control of blood supply to hair follicle (Rogain=vasodilator), hormonal issues (dihydrotestosterone, etc) & genes are some of the issues. ...Read more

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I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp. I now see my scalp. What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective. Can this be serious how can I tell?

I have extreme hair loss/painful/itchy scalp. I now see my scalp. What can I do other than rogaine (minoxidil) that is affective. Can this be serious how can I tell?

Physician exam: Loss of hair with a painful, itchy scalp could be associated with multiple problems. Physician review is a must. Hold on the rogaine (minoxidil) until you have an accurate diagnosis for your hair loss. Rogaine (minoxidil) may even cause itchy skin irritation. Consider review by a dermatologist or hair transplant surgeon. International society of hair transplant surgery. ...Read more

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I am 22 and loosing hair and has black spots randomly along his scalp. Spots are new hair loss is not. Mom thinks it's from using rogaine (minoxidil)?

I am 22 and loosing hair and has black spots randomly along his scalp. Spots are new hair loss is not. Mom thinks it's from using rogaine (minoxidil)?

Doubt it.: I doubt very much that either the black spots or the hair loss are due to rogaine (minoxidil) -- but I'm not sure what you mean by "black spots". Are they little black dots, about the width of a hair shaft? If so, you could have a fungus infection. Is the hair loss uniform or patchy? In short, you should see a dermatologist for a precise diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Black spots the size of a #2 pencil eraser, on scalp not from rogaine (minoxidil)? What's it from? Hair loss also toward the back of the scalp. What can it be?

Black spots the size of a #2 pencil eraser, on scalp not from rogaine (minoxidil)? What's it from? Hair loss also toward the back of the scalp. What can it be?

Fungal infection.: There is a form of fungal infection known as black dot tinea due to the fact that the broken hair at the site of the skin reveals a "black dot". Additionally fungal infection can definitely cause hair loss and progress rapidly if left untreated. Start using an over the counter shampoo containing selenium sulfide, but get to an md to evaluate your scalp and possibly perform a scraping for fungus. ...Read more

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Does roughing the scalp with a comb increase the absorption of topical minoxidil?

Not a good idea: You're not trying to open the earth like a farmer to let more rain sink in. Roughing the scalp is not going to increase absorption but may open the skin to germs & start a scalp infection. Be patient. If this stuff helps you, it will take weeks before it shows & then is not likely to be as helpful as you want. ...Read more

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Is it better if I apply minoxidil on a wet scalp? And what can I do to increase its absorbtion?

Damp not wet: Apply after your warm shower. If you towel dry your hair to remove all free standing water and then apply to a warm damp scalp with occlusion (shower cap) you will have optimized absorption. However you may experience adverse symptoms and should stop if you feel your heart racing, lightheaded, or dizzy.
BTW package instructions are to apply to a dry scalp. If so blow dry to warm scalp ...Read more

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Should the minoxidil topical solution be washed off after each application on the scalp or can it be every other application?

Should the minoxidil topical solution be washed off after each application on the scalp or can it be every other application?

Leave it on: It really does not need to be washed off.

You should apply it after washing and then leave it on. I wouldn't expect it to do a whole lot if you wash it off right away. ...Read more

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Can minoxidil 5% aggravate scalp psoriasis?

No!: A recent study examining the side-effects of minoxidil reveal a minuscule number that actually have psoriasis. There seems to be little or no effect of minoxidil on preexisting psoriasis or causing psoriasis to appear... ...Read more

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Is minoxidil scalp solution recommended for a teenager suffering from telogen elluvium?

Is minoxidil scalp solution recommended for a teenager suffering from telogen elluvium?

Yes: I almost always recommend it because it is a low cost and very safe treatment that I think can often accelerate the recovery from telogen effluvium. ...Read more

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I have been using minoxidil for past 2-3 months and its causing irritation to my scalp, I want to know if there is any alcohol free minoxidil solution?

I have been using minoxidil for past 2-3 months and its causing irritation to my scalp, I want to know if there is any alcohol free minoxidil solution?

Minoxidil foam.: Good for you to be starting treatment early. If minoxidil works for you, it's important to be starting sooner because the longer you wait the harder it is to gain the lost hair back. The liquid forms can cause scalp itching and irritation, so try foam which has been shown to be less irritating. Most drug stores have generic foam versions. Good luck! ...Read more

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Will applying minoxidil on scalp cause excessive unwanted hair growth anywhere else even if it was just applied on scalp?

Will applying minoxidil on scalp cause excessive unwanted hair growth anywhere else even if it was just applied on scalp?

Yes: It is very common, especially for women, to get extra hair growth in other areas besides only the scalp. If a woman is using it and gets facial hair, I tell her that "this is great! " it means that the Minoxidil is working. Now we just have to decrease it so we keep the growth to the scalp only. ...Read more

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Can I apply oil on my hair after using minoxidil on my scalp because my hair get dry after using minoxidil?

Not studied: Don't believe that this issue has been studied. The rule of thumb on applying medicated cream or lotion is to wait 30 minutes in-between. In your case, minoxidil first, then oil after 30 minutes. However if this does not work, you will have to space the time longer until it works for you. ...Read more

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Can I mix clotrimazole 2% and minoxidil 5% for application on scalp? Any side effect?

Possible but why?: I am not aware of contraindications but if you are using clotrimazole, you are likely experiencing a yeast infection of the skin. I would have that situation resolved prior to applying the minoxidil. ...Read more

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I am a female, 24 yrs old with thin hair. Can I use minoxidil topical solution USP 5% chymotra to my scalp? Or it should be used only by men?

I am a female, 24 yrs old with thin hair. Can I use minoxidil topical solution USP 5% chymotra to my scalp? Or it should be used only by men?

It's safe: Despite the labeling in the opinion of most derms it's safer and most effective, in fact the foam is likely the most effective for both men and women. ...Read more

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I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss [email protected] back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?

I'm 31m begining to show first signs of hair loss s@ back of my scalp. Does rogain or minoxidil really workk?

Yes, they may: Although, they may work for you, i'd recommend to rule out other possible causes of hair loss such as thyroid disease and/or anemia. If there is none of those, and you exhibit male baldness pattern, you may try rogaine (minoxidil). I'd not go for Minoxidil (oral) as it does have a higher incidence of side effects. ...Read more

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