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What is causing sores on my head? Scalp is itching and flaking

What is causing sores on my head? Scalp is itching and flaking

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

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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Develop sores in head/scalp after taking 800 mg ibu 2x/day & over time. Feels as though nerve endings reach down into my head/cause travelling pain.?

Develop sores in head/scalp after taking 800 mg ibu 2x/day & over time. Feels as though nerve endings reach down into my head/cause travelling pain.?

Dermatolo. Can check: If a person is getting sores on the scalp, a primary care doctor or a dermatologist (skin doctor) can check to see if there is a bacterial infection such as folliculitis. If there is an infection, oral antibiotics may be needed. If the doctor thinks there is some relationship to some Ibuprofen the patient is taking, the doctor will likely switch to another pain or inflammation medication. ...Read more

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Sores (red&scabby) on head/scalp from dandruff/pimples. Cant stop picking them. How do I stop so they can heal?

Sores (red&scabby) on head/scalp from dandruff/pimples. Cant stop picking them. How do I stop so they can heal?

See Your Doctor Now: Chronic scalp sores that wax & wane suggest possible Tinea Capitis (aka ringworm); a fungal skin infection. Does NOT involve worms as name implies. Causes flaky, itchy scalp plaques in mild cases; can progress to scalp sores, blisters, hair loss. Is contagious; requires oral anti-fungal therapy. Do not pick sores, can lead to bacterial infection. See doctor now for prompt diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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Sores on head since 2009, bleed, painful, only on top of scalp have been to all speciali no answetssts?

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

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Lots of small red sores on scalp. Mainly on both sides of the head. I can't stop touching & picking them. What are they!?

Lots of small red sores on scalp. Mainly on both sides of the head. I can't stop touching & picking them. What are they!?

Can you have: Someone check you for lice? That would be my first concern. After that, you have to think dermatitis of some kind (Huge work up will require doctor visit). The nits are easier to spot than the bugs especially in dark hair and they are usually close to the scalp. You should invest in the combing gel because the glue they use to secure the nits is like concrete. ...Read more

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What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

Fungal Infections: One of the most common causes for scalp sores are ring worm on scalp otherwise called Tinea capitus. Bacterial infections can also cause sores on the scalp ...Read more

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Have folliculitus scalp took zpack/cleocin10days still bad sores covering head. Hurts bad. Two on chest also. Please help. What should I do.

Have folliculitus scalp took zpack/cleocin10days still bad sores covering head. Hurts bad. Two on chest also. Please help. What should I do.

See doctor.: Hm, these lesions need more aggressive local therapy and possibly intravenous antibiotics. Sounds as if they might be due to staph possibly MRSA which organism could be resistant to the antibiotics you are on.
Local attention with showers twice a day and meticulous drying. You might try bactroban (mupirocin) locally. But see your doctor, he may send you to an ID specialist, (infectious disease) ...Read more

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What can I do/sores on scalp, hard hair and very itchy scalp and body?

Well: First of all sounds like scalp is dry. You need to get the moisture back into the scalp. Now sometimes t-gel shampoo works great. Start there if problem persists see doctor ...Read more

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I dyed my hair a few weeks ago due to irritation I had sores on my scalp it's currently healed now I just have a really dry scalp & flaky. Now I have?

I dyed my hair a few weeks ago due to irritation I had sores on my scalp it's currently healed now I just have a really dry scalp & flaky. Now I have?

Shedding scalp skin: Your scalp was irritated from the chemicals in the dye which is common. Once the irritation occurs the skin becomes inflamed and sheds (similar to what happens when you get a sunburn). Coconut oil is a great way to sooth the scalp and great for your hair and may help your symptoms. ...Read more

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Sores on skin and scalp oon going for 2 years. Lump in back of neck cyst like.?

Scalp Folliculitis: Folliculitis is the medical term for the infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. This condition can affect the hair and skin on any part of the body, including the scalp. Scalp folliculitis is characterized by the appearance of small, white or yellowish pustules, that resemble acne. The pustules can be quite itchy and painful at times. Treatment is oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Have scalp sores for years, now have pain in left jaw, rash on both ankles, dr says it is stress. I feel like something is wrong dr will do nothing?

Have scalp sores for years, now have pain in left jaw, rash on both ankles, dr says it is stress. I feel like something is wrong dr will do nothing?

See a dermatologist: Sometimes people have compulsive picking at skin as part of an anxiety disorder. A dermatologist will help manage the skin lesions. A psychiatrist (behavior therapy, meds) will help you deal with depression, anxiety, etc. People with normal diets need not waste money on ascorbic acid. ...Read more

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My grandmother is losing hair in her scalp with sores also really bad itching with a mild Nehring on her left chronic artery????

My grandmother is losing hair in her scalp with sores also really bad itching with a mild Nehring on her left chronic artery????

Tricky: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Cannot say in your particular case, but problems in the CAROTID artery are not generally associated with skin conditions.
Lots of other conditions (inflammatory, allergic, infectious, even autoimmune or psychological) can cause itching and hair loss. ...Read more

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Been using LilyofTheDesertAloeVeraGelly on my scalp and hair to stop my scalp from itching and sores. It worked. But my eyes r irritated & itchy. Why?

Been using LilyofTheDesertAloeVeraGelly on my scalp and hair to stop my scalp from itching and sores. It worked. But my eyes r irritated & itchy. Why?

ITCHY EYES - SHAMPOO: THE CHANCES ARE THAT YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ONE OR MORE INGREDIENTS IN THE SHAMPOO!
TRY A MILDER ONE, LIKE A BABY SHAMPOO, FOR A FEW WEEKS AND SEE IF THAT RELIEVES THE ITCHING.
BEST LUCK. . . ...Read more

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Hello docs, I've been having pain n my scalp when I move my hair around it hurts no sores just pain & kinda soreness I think it's my scalp & not brain?

Hair pain: Many possibilities. Sometimes women get hair pain from tight hairdos e.g. Pony tail with hair pulled very tight. Have someone look at your scalp to see if there are any sores or redness to the skin. ...Read more

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Is it true picking at sores from Seborrheic dermatitis on scalp cause skin cancer bc they don't get chance to heal? I try not to but it's hard.

Is it true picking at sores from Seborrheic dermatitis on scalp cause skin cancer bc they don't get chance to heal? I try not to but it's hard.

No that is not true: But instead of picking first try salicylic acid shampoo and see dermatologist for great topical prescriptions to remove scales ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

My scalp is itchy and the crown is sore. There are no flakes, sores, or hair loss. What could it be? This has been for a year.

Scalp itchy/sore: Consider coconut oil massage when showering rinse off or rinse w/ 1 part apple cider vinegar, 3 parts water or massage olive oil and then place paste of baking soda on scalp for 1/2 hour and rinse. Consider Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo (if no allergy)-for fungus. May be allergic reaction to foods (I have seen that). Would also check for lice. F//U w/ dermatologist and allergist for food allergy testing ...Read more

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I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

I think I am experiencing a chemical burn or allergic reaction after using hair dye. My scalp has sores that are weeping. I do have Seborrheic Dermatitis. What can I do at home?

Exam needed: Reactions to hair dye do occur and will resolve after a period of time. Since you have more than redness or itching, I recommend that you be examined by your physician or a dermatologist to see if secondary infection is present and if so, appropriate treatment can be started. In the meantime apply warm soaks and, if possible, apply a combination of antibacterial and cortisone type cream until seen ...Read more

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What do you think I have? My scalp looks like the gray patch ringworm at times there has been sores like a rash or a pimple. Also, black little nits like a fruit fly maybe? I feel itchy with scalp, hair feels different like it is nappy in spots, also hard

What do you think I have? My scalp looks like the gray patch ringworm at times there has been sores like a rash or a pimple. Also, black little nits like a fruit fly maybe? I feel itchy with scalp, hair feels different like it is nappy in spots, also hard

From: From your description, you may have ringworm of the scalp which is actually caused by a fungus, not a worm. Of course, without examining you and sending cultures, I cannot tell for sure what it is. A fungal infection of the scalp is more difficult to treat than fungal infections elsewhere. Treatment usually includes 1-2 months of a prescription oral medication. You should give your doctor a call and have them take a look at it. They will hopefully be able to tell exactly what it is so you can get the proper treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had sores on scalp from hair dye. Now have dry flaky scalp and small circles of dry peeling skin on arms, legs, neck and feet?

Had sores on scalp from hair dye. Now have dry flaky scalp and small circles of dry peeling skin on arms, legs, neck and feet?

Uncertain.: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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2 sores on scalp, racing heart, fatigue, dry mouth, left house 3x in 8mos, can't stand&walk 4 long period, muscleloss, anxiety, could it be cushings syndrome?

2 sores on scalp, racing heart, fatigue, dry mouth, left house 3x in 8mos, can't stand&walk 4 long period, muscleloss, anxiety, could it be cushings syndrome?

Need evaluation: You have lots of things going on. The first thing you need to do is see your primary care doctor and have an evaluation. Many of your symptoms may be related to anxiety and your primary care can refer your for treatment.
The only way to get answers is to make a start. ...Read more

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Mouth ulcers, cyst-like lumps at vagina entrance, slow-healing sores on scalp and on buttocks that leave round scars, always feel unwell?

Mouth ulcers, cyst-like lumps at vagina entrance, slow-healing sores on scalp and on buttocks that leave round scars, always feel unwell?

Behcet's disease?: Though your symptoms can be caused by many different conditions, the first thing that came into my head was behcet's disease. See the following for more info:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/behcets-disease/ds00822. ...Read more