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Skin And Scalp Disorders And Diseases
What to do if I have real dry skin on my whole body including my face and scalp, could what to do if I have a disease?
Dry skin: Avoid lengthy showers w hot water (warm is better). Oil-based moisturizers hydrate skin. Moisturize skin often. Hydrate well – especially w water. Eat a nutritious diet. Use gentle soaps or cleansers that are unscented & hypoallergenic. Avoid deodorant soaps or other harsh soaps. Remember that you don’t have to wash entire body w soap every day. Use soap on areas that are dirty or where body ...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
Not uncommon: May have been a wood tick and not a deer tick. Not all deer ticks are infected with the lyme organism. ...Read more
Can you tell me how to deal with acute form of seborrhoeic dermatitis on my scalp (it's a skin disorder)?
Seb derm: Some have tried olive oil to loosen the thick scales and then wash out with an anti dandruff shampoo such as neutrogena t sal. A dermatologist will sometimes prescribe topical antifungal shampoos and corticosteroid lotions in some cases. ...Read more
My brother is having dry layer and bubbles on scalp of head some of the doctor is this may be sirius skin disease age 36?
Severe seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea) or psoriasis on scalp can cause the appearance
you described here. If he has rashes elsewhere such as back of elbows etc...Likely psoriasis. Significant fungal infection (kerion) can do that as well. These are treatable conditions, but require prescriptions. Consult your doc for an eval.
Good luck. ...Read more
Doc thought I had skin disturbance disorder on scalp. Is it ok to use the voltaren (diclofenac) gel he gave me on base of head? Any side effects?
Can kidney disease or low cortisol levels cause excessive sweating of the face & scalp/head? It happens even in cold weather. Any ideas? Thanks
Yes: In some associated way yes you can get these symptoms from low cortisol and kidney dysfunction. ...Read more
Dandruff and fungus: Look up pictures of them and compare. ...Read more
Many blood vessels: The scalp has ac very rich blood supply. It is easy to cut or tear its full thickness with a good chance of damaging many small vessels or a fairly major vessel. In addition cut scalp vessels tend not to retract as cut vessels do elsewhere, thus eliminating the first step of "hemostasis" (the body's natural mechanisms of stopping bleeding). ...Read more
Paresthesia refers to a burning or prickling sensation that is usually felt in the hands, arms, legs, or feet, but can also occur in other parts of the body. The sensation, which happens without warning, is usually painless and described as tingling or
numbness, skin crawling, or itching. The appropriate treatment for paresthesia depends on accurate diagnosis of the underlying cause. ...Read more
There: There are several possibilities, but it sounds most likely like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis which are red, scaly, flaky conditions of the scalp. Perhaps first try treatment with otc shampoos like nizoral, (ketoconazole) selsun blue or coal tar. If those don't work, consider prescription treatments with steroid shampoos/foams/oil treatments. Another option would be small injections of steroid into each sore (assuming you just have a few). For those with severe involvement, oral medications might be necessary and can help. ...Read more
See oncologist: This needs be taken care of by your oncologist if you are wondering about what kinds of treatment need. ...Read more
Proper diagnosis: Helps. Seeing your doctor to make sure it is seborrhea or dandruff versus a skin infection. For dry scalp /dandruff try tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo. There is evidence that dandruff may have a fungal component so tea tree shampoo or Nizoral (ketoconazole) may be very helpful. ...Read more
Dead scalp skin:
YOU SHOULD SHAMPOO OFTEN.
EVERY DAY IF YOU CAN.
SCALP SCALING IS NOT THAT BAD UNLESS IT ITCHES. ...Read more
Consult your doctor: It is not feasible to provide an informed opinion without examining the lesion. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more
I have dry spots on my scalp when I pick them off. There is pink. Skin underneath what could it be?
Not too unusual: It's not entirely unusual for the scalp to have spots that build up with dead flakey skin. Have your primary care doctor take a look. There is likely a shampoo or other topical treatment that will help. ...Read more
Why would I be thinning on the crown of my head, and my scalp looks to have red patches in that area??
If you have red patches and thinning all in the same area then your doctor will likely need to do an exam with a wood's lamp and take samples such as scrapings of the skin and maybe a hair follicle to rule out fungal infections. Also, clinically we can also recognize whether it's an autoimmune condition.
I would recommend having it examined in person. ...Read more
Sores on head since 2009, bleed, painful, only on top of scalp have been to all speciali no answetssts?
Biopsy results?: There could be recurrent deep folliciuliyts which is chronic. Blood tests will be normal but the biopsy can be indicative of problem. Treatments to date need to be reviewed to plan new treatment to suppress problem. ...Read more
Wave like head tightning feeling all over scalp for months. Don't feel it when I lay down. Could it be due to anxiety?
Likely headache: If it's wave like, meaning it comes and goes then it's less likely something serious. Anxiety is possible but a cluster headache or even migraine is a possibility. It could be from you clenching your teeth at night or maybe from pressure in the sinuses. Neck tension is another big cause which goes hand in hand with tension headaches. ...Read more