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Hi,I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

Hi,I would like to know does hiv causes severe itchy scalp.

No: Typically "HIV dermatitis" is not itchy at all and usually located on the upper trunk (chest) and occasionally on the palms and soles. Since people who participate in high risk behavior can have other illnesses like syphllis or fungal skin infections which can be itchy, your best bet is to be tested. Usually when someone asks there is often high risk behavior. Don't put off testing! ...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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Hi I have severe dandruff on my scalp and now its around the eyebrows as well. It feels really itchy I have big flakes is the treatment for this?

Hi I have severe dandruff on my scalp and now its around the eyebrows as well. It feels really itchy I have big flakes  is the treatment for this?

See below: Sounds like seborrheic dermatitis---washing the area with selsum blue helps the eyebrows and using the same shampoo, or coal tar shampoo, or head shoulders can help treat it. ...Read more

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I am male, 20yrs, student.I have severe hair fall and dandruff problem.My scalp gets oily and itchy everyday.I had habit of masturbation.I stopped it. ?

I am male, 20yrs, student.I have severe hair fall and dandruff problem.My scalp gets oily and itchy everyday.I had habit of masturbation.I stopped it. ?

Several concerns: You have a diagnosis of bad seborrhea which is probably why your hair is falling out, but you're not being treated appropriately for it. You're only on Propecia and rogaine (minoxidil) which are for male pattern baldness which isn't the problem at your age unless you're ultra-hairy. And enjoying your sexuality by yourself isn't the cause -- it's healthy. Man up and get to a competent specialist. ...Read more

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Severe itchy scalp, and itchy skin when going to sleep? Feels like my face is burning itchy against pillow. I use unscented soap, and body lotions. I

Severe itchy scalp, and itchy skin when going to sleep? Feels like my face is burning itchy against pillow. I use unscented soap, and body lotions.  I

How long?: If this just started, think about anything that you have recently changed, such as your laundry detergent, fabric softener, shampoo, hair dye, etc., etc. If you have been outside a lot it could also be something airborne, such as dust, pollen, or dried leaves. Don't rule out your soap and body lotions either - "unscented" is not the same as "fragrance free". ...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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Are there any effective over-the-counter meds. For severe scalp breakouts? (bumps, pimples and itchy rash). I need help asap, this is out of control.

Are there any effective over-the-counter meds. For severe scalp breakouts? (bumps, pimples and itchy rash).  I need help asap, this is out of control.

Yes and no.: For and itch rash of the scalp (the technical name is seborrheic dermatitis), numerous medicated shampoos and lotions are available otc; most contain zinc or tar derivatives. Add bumps and pimples, however, and you probably have a problem in the hair follicles, possibly an infection, and if it's really that "out of control" you should be evaluated by a dermatologist. ...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