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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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Ingrown hairs on my scalp is causing severe itching some swelling under the scalp..

Ingrown hairs on my scalp is causing severe itching some swelling under the scalp..

Pseudofolliculitis: Pseudofolliculitis barbae is also known as barbers's itch. What you describe here may or may not be consistent with this pseudofolliculitis. It usually occurs where curly hairs are plucked or shaven. These hairs then grow beneath the skin. This most often occurs on the chin or neck. The best prevention is to grow a beard or let the affected hair grow out. One can also pluck the hair out. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing severe itching, burning, tenderness of the scalp, as well as scabs. Now, my head is leaking a clear liquid. What is it?

I have been experiencing severe itching, burning, tenderness of the scalp, as well as scabs. Now, my head is leaking a clear liquid. What is it?

Most likely if all: over the scalp: seborrheic dermatitis. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo, pharmacy generic brand. If you get immediate relief progressing to normal, that is all you need. If it is just affecting parts of your scalp, you may need an anti-fungal shampoo, and likely a visit to your PCP or dermatologist. ...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!?

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 have a severe itch on my back, scalp, elbows and waist but no rash. What could be the cause?

I have a severe itch on my back, scalp, elbows and waist but no rash. What could be the cause?

Hard to say, but....: Hard to say, but if it continues, please go see a doctor and get checked. There are a lot of things that can cause itching, some more concerning than others - go get checked. ...Read more

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My brother has suffered from very severe itching all over his body for about 8 years now. He itches right after bathing or when he sweats. ?

My brother has suffered from very severe itching all over his body for about 8 years now. He itches right after bathing or when he sweats. ?

Cholinergic ?: If he has itchy bumps also, then it is called cholinergic urticaria which flares up after the body gets heated up then cools off. This can often be prevented by taking an antihistamine such as zyrtec (cetirizine). It may go away by itself with time but is not a serious health issue. ...Read more

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Severe itching on underarms.Plz help?

Severe itching on underarms.Plz help?

Change deodorant: If there is an accompanying rash with your itching your deodorant may be the cause. Clothing can also cause this problem. Try otc cortisone cream, if no relief within a week consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Does severe itching link to celiac disease?

On rare occasions: Dr. Westfield is correct. The condition is called dermatitis herpetiformis, an intensely itchy sometimes blistering rash associated with gluten enteropathy. ...Read more

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Severe Itching (Definition)

Severe itching is a symptom in which a person has extreme itching on part or all of his body. Itching can be due to allergic reactions, drug side ...Read more


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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more