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Doctor insights on: Under Nails Scratch Scalp

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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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Why does my scalp itch? I have this once spot behind my ear on my scalp, th!t really itches. I don't scratch it that hard though but I did see a bit of blood on my nail. I wash my hair 3x a week because im trying to grow out my hair because it was damaged

Why does my scalp itch? I have this once spot behind my ear on my scalp, th!t really itches. I don't scratch it that hard though but I did see a bit of blood on my nail. I wash my hair 3x a week because im trying to grow out my hair because it was damaged

Few possibilities: This can be caused by several issues. Chemical and hair products can cause irritation of the scalp. You can also just have dry scalp, atopic dermatitis(eczema), allergic reaction, and sensitive skin. There are several shamppos that can help with this. The key is to remove the offending agent(s) if they can be identified. ...Read more

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My hair falls out a lot after my hair was washed at the salon with nails clawing at my scalp. Could their be permanent damage and will not grow back?

My hair falls out a lot after my hair was washed at the salon with nails clawing at my scalp. Could their be permanent damage and will not grow back?

Only in the case of: Alopecia. And usually a stimulating scalp massage INCREASES blood flow to the scalp, and does NOT cause hair loss. Every hair goes through 3 cycles. It might be that it is just a coincidence that you go around the "falling out" cycle. Maybe next time just ask for fewer nails and more fingertips with the wash! ...Read more

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I have psorisis on my nails&scalp. I'm currently on methotrexate and the results aren't anything significant. Will the parenteral medicine work better?

I have psorisis on my nails&scalp. I'm currently on methotrexate and the results aren't anything significant. Will the parenteral medicine work better?

MTX should only be: Used subcutaneously! You avoid the stomach and liver seeing 100's of times more because of the first pass effect of oral. Liver toxicity is lessened, as are GI issues!

There is no role for oral, a more expensive and less effective form. There are a myriads of other drugs for psoriasis! ...Read more

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My scalp itch and when I check my nail there's white & black it's not lice is this normal? What is it?

Possible fungal infe: There are many causes of itchy scalp, esp dandruff and seborreic dermatitis. White stuff suggests dandruff or skin scales, but could be pus from small pimples or folliculitis. Black is less common, and may be dried blood from scratching or hair roots damaged by a fungal infection (ringworm, tinea capitus) and is associated with a patch of hair loss. Oral Rx is needed for that. Start with exam. ...Read more

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Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

Losing hair. Here is some other information. I have wounds in the scalp and it is very greasy. My nails have grooves too and I feel very stressed out?

See a dermatologist: You must be examined and questioned by a DR who is familiar with hair and nail disorders. Only then will you understand what is happening and what you can do about it. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of my psoriasis? Have it on my scalp, face, groin & all my finger & toenails. I've tried all the usual & now got an ingrowing toe nail

How can I get rid of my psoriasis? Have it on my scalp, face, groin & all my finger & toenails. I've tried all the usual & now got an ingrowing toe nail

No cure exists: But there may be ways to get relief. Here are good links and a dermatologist can advise on do's ; don't's. There are patient forums too. Sorry, and good luck. Sometimes it does go into remission on its own. Check out https://www.Psoriasis. Org/ and http://www.Mayoclinic. Com/health/psoriasis/ds00193 For more info on this condition. ...Read more

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I accidently put dettol hand wash on my scalp. What could happen?

I accidently put dettol hand wash on my scalp. What could happen?

Not much: It's just an antibacterial cleanser, so it may just be a little drying to your hair. Just wash it out with your normal shampoo and add a little conditioner and you should be fine. ...Read more

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I have a burning pain on my hand, arm, and scalp without a rash. It hurt very bad just to touch those affected areas. What can this be?

I have a burning pain on my hand, arm, and scalp without a rash. It hurt very bad just to touch those affected areas. What can this be?

Nerve pain: This could be multiple things however two things that comes to mind are pinched/irritated cervical nerves or less likely, multidermatomal zoster without the rash. An examination would be helpful. ...Read more

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I am having rash or hives - just hand palms and feet got cream went away, yesterday appeared hive like bumps along hair line and on scalp?

I am having rash or hives - just 
hand palms and feet got cream went away, yesterday appeared hive like bumps 
along hair line and on scalp?

? urticaria: may be related to a medicine or a food that you took lately, or more commonly a viral infection, you may want to take cetirizine or loratadine OTC, unless contraindicated, to help you with the symptoms. If stays longer than 6 weeks, progresses to lip / eye lids swelling, see an allergist or a dermatologist, good luck ...Read more

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Hi neck issue. Feel zaps down spine & sometimes in scalp. When I tried to move hand .couldn't move it well. Felt sharp pain in spine them my upper arms twitched.?

Hi neck issue. Feel zaps down spine & sometimes in scalp. When I tried to move hand .couldn't move it well. Felt sharp pain in spine them my upper arms twitched.?

Pinched Nerve: It sounds like pressure on one of the nerves in your neck. This could be caused by a neck injury or herniated disc Such pressure would use pain that would radiate down the rm and up the neck ...Read more

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I twitched all over for a week. I feel like I have compressed nerves in left arm/hand and left leg. Now scalp is twitching 2" above left ear. Anxiety?

I twitched all over for a week. I feel like I have compressed nerves in left arm/hand and left leg. Now scalp is twitching 2" above left ear. Anxiety?

Twitching: The symptoms you have are very diffuse and do not correspond to any discrete neurological condition such as a stroke. Diffuse neurological symptoms can be seen with certain metabolic conditions such as kidney failure, infections, or liver disease. I doubt you have any of these and I suspect these symptoms could be due to anxiety. See your doctor for a complete work up. ...Read more

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ER doc said my 18mnth old has Hand-Foot-Mouth disease but she has bumps around her mouth on hands and feet top and bottem on arms, legs,buttocks, scalp?

ER doc said my 18mnth old has Hand-Foot-Mouth disease but she has bumps around her mouth on hands and feet top and bottem on arms, legs,buttocks, scalp?

Coxsackie: The coxsackie virus can take many forms and has many strains. Not all limit the bumps to only hand foot and mouth. Lots of fluids and fever management is the best way to handle the virus. ...Read more

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I keep scratching my scalp while im sleeping. How can I stop?

I keep scratching my scalp while im sleeping. How can I stop?

Try: Try covering your hands with a mitt. Otherwise, I would suggest see a sleep specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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If you get scratched by a rusty nail do u need a tetanus shot?

If you get scratched by a rusty nail do u need a tetanus shot?

Tetanus: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10yrs. However, I usually recommend getting one, with an injury, if it's been more than 5yrs. With the new recommendations to get a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria AND pertussis) it might be the perfect opportunity to protect you and unimmunized infants, from whooping cough. This replaces the old Td. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My daughter scratches sores in her scalp?

Could use your help docs! My daughter scratches sores in her scalp?

Itchy scalp: Two things come to mind right off, head lice and ringworm. If the sores are round with raised edges and her hair is falling out it is probably ringworm and needs to be treated with an antifungal medication by mouth. Head lice can cause itching and sores also and again, until treated it doesn't get better. Take her to see her pediatrician so she can get some relief. ...Read more

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How can I stop unconsciously scratching my scalp while I'm sleeping?

Wear glove: It may not be possible to control a habit that occurs subconsciously while asleep. It may be necessary to wear a glove to protect the scalp if it is being injured by scratching while sleeping. Also, keep fingernails short. ...Read more