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Very Itchy Scalp No Dandruff
Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?
Smelly Hair: Basically, unpleasant odor in hair arises due to microbial growth on oily scalp. Factors like poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating, strenuous physical activity, overactive sebaceous glands on scalp, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, cigarette smoking etc contribute in causing smelly hair. ...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
I've been washing my itchy, sore, scalp with dandruff shampoos and dermarest shampoo. My scalp still itches. Why?
Itchy dry patches on scalp. oily hair so not a dry scalp problem. Itch when bumped etc. itches until bleeding. no stress. Help?
More info: It is difficult to answer this without more information and examination. Your question is confusing - itchy dry patches on scalp but you don't think it is dry scalp problem.In general itchy scalp can be due to fungal infection, inflammation related disorders, skin diseases just to mention few. Please discuss it in detail with a physician. ...Read more
Great hygiene, but unfortunately I have smelly hair, and its itchy, but there are no flakes, no dandruff, no lice, no scaly scalp. Help!
See a dermatologist: You need to be examined and diagnosed appropriately and then treated for whatever is responsible. ...Read more
Dandruff: Todd you need to go see your Family Doctor or Pediatrician first to look at this. You may have an infection on your scalp causing this. They may refer you to a dermatologist. Either way you don't have to put up with this irritating stuff on your scalp. ...Read more
Fungal: Sounds like fungal and/ or yeast infestations. The facial component is called seborrhea. A topical anti-fungal like Nystatin cream might be useful. Try a selenium based shampoo wash around the genital region in the shower. Selenium is anti-dandruff, which is thought to have a fungal ("microsporum furfur") relationship. ...Read more
I have a bad itchy dry scalp with patches of dry skin when i scratch it bleeds i'm losing hair is this scalp psoriasis?
Sounds like it: But it could be infection or a skin manifestation of systemic disease. Go and see a dermatologist before you lose any more hair. ...Read more
I get very hard sebum plugs on my scalp after washing hair. Scalp also bevomes painful. There's not much flaking. Is it seb dermatitis?
Possibly: Try an anti-seb shampoo and if this FAILS see yoour PCP Primary Care Provider who may wish to refer you to a DERMATOLOGIST for a definitive diagnosis! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more
Hairline/hair is thining. scalp itches and has dandruff. Palms of hands sweat, itch, and peel. Is it related? What is this?
Hair thinning: Hair thinning and abnormal sweating is seen in cases of hyperthyroidism(overactive thyroid). Your physician or an endocrinologist can evaluate you for this. Scalp itch may also be related but your beautician can also advise you about dandruff treatment and your hair care. ...Read more
I have an oily scalp and dry hair, used scalp shampoo caused my hair even dry; used mosturised shampoo caused my scalp even oily n itched, help?
My scalp is dry and itchy I've always had dandruff and get my hair bleached. What can be done? Anti dandruff shampoo helps but still itchy
Details matter: You neglected to identify WHICH dandruff shampoo was tried. There are several different kinds. You also need to learn how to get the best results by having the shampoo contact the scalp long enough before rinsing. Hydrocortisone in a liquid can be applied. Prescription strength usually stops the itch and the flaking. No antihistamine will help this kind of itch. ...Read more
Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more
After stress and a flu my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?
Stress / cortisone: Whenever the body is stressed (whether it's a physical stress like the flu, or it's a psychological stress) cortisol is released. Stress hormones like cortisol can affect the body's hair cycles (in the most noticeable form this is called telogen effluvium). Unless you can cure stress, there's nothing you can do to prevent it or treat it! Nothing to worry about though. ...Read more
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