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What are the soft spots on my infant's scalp?

What are the soft spots on my infant's scalp?

Fontanelles: Fontanelles are soft spots on an infant's head that represent where the bones that make up the skull will later fuse. Most babies have an anterior fontanelle (in the front), and some neonates may have a posterior fontanelle (in the back), though this is uncommon. The anterior fontanelle typical closes around 12 months of age. ...Read more

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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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I have dry spots on my scalp when i pick them off. There is pink. Skin underneath what could it be?

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

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What do you suggest if I have bumps/ spots on and beneath my scalp?

Cysts/acne necrotica: It's difficult to tell you exactly what this is without examining you, but if what you have are marble size or larger moveable knots in the deeper subcutaneous tissue, I favor pilar cysts. The only treatment for these is surgical excision. On the other hand, if it's small pimples in the hair follicles I favor a rash like condition such as acne necrotica or lichen planopilaris. See a Dermatlogist! ...Read more

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Raised itchy spots on back of my scalp?

Raised itchy spots on back of my scalp?

Psoriasis: It is probably psoriasis but like with any lesion you would need to have it examined as certain cancers can present this way. ...Read more

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Why do I always have these pimple type spots on my scalp why do these last so long and hurt always fill will gunk daily ?

Why do I always have these pimple type spots on my scalp why do these last so long and hurt always fill will gunk daily ?

Infected: sebaceous cysts probably what you have . Need antibiotic for staph infection. See your docor. If you want this to discuss with me shoot me an e-mail click this --> https://www.healthtap.com/experts/12714048-dr-vahe-yetimyan ...Read more

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My scalp is really hurting, no red spots or visible dryness, what could be the cause? I'm not wearing it in a right ponytail either

Dryness: is often NOT VISIBLE Try using a moisturizer and if you are shampooing more than twice a week STOP IT! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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My son has multiple dried spots on his scalp we tried everything n nothing worked what would you prefer we are now using a fungal cream ?

Fungus vs cradle cap: Infants (less than one year of age) frequently have cradle cap, also known as seborrheic dermatitis. That condition may improve with topical steroids or anti fungal cream. However, kids 1-7 years old are most likely to have tinea capitus (ringworm) with a scaling scalp. This condition usually needs a an oral antifungal medicine, often for 1-2 months. A fungal culture makes the definitive diagnosis. ...Read more