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I've seborrheic dermatitis white flake itchy scalp symtoms get worse when I eat diary nuts fish soy my IgE level is 498 is any treatment available?

I've seborrheic dermatitis white flake itchy scalp symtoms get worse when I eat diary nuts fish soy my IgE level is 498 is any treatment available?

Atopic Dermatitis: You may have atopic dermatitis (ad) rather than seborrhea. About 40% of persons with ad have food allergy triggers. Allergy testing might reveal allergic triggers that you are unaware of, and avoidance these could make a big difference. Consult an allergist. ...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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I have white flakes falling from scalp while combing and the flakes reduces after taking headbath. Then flakes increases after 1 day. What can it be?

I have white flakes falling from scalp while combing and the flakes reduces after taking headbath. Then flakes increases after 1 day. What can it be?

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

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Are white flakes associated with scalp ringworm? Is it a sign that it's improving or what?

Are white flakes associated with scalp ringworm? Is it a sign that it's improving or what?

Scalp rash: Ring worm of the scalp, is not a worm, but a fungus infection, that almost always only seen in children. The get a thick rash, and often there is an area where the hair does not grow. White flakes on the scalp is called dandruff and is caused most often by seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis, both chronic and treatable, not curable, conditions. Try to use dandruff shampoos, very often. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC med for occasional dry, white, flaking patches on scalp? T-Gel? Used Dad's 'scrip Ketoconazole but it's gone.

What's the best OTC med for occasional dry, white, flaking patches on scalp? T-Gel? Used Dad's 'scrip Ketoconazole but it's gone.

Many: OTC ketoconazole!!! OTC selenium sulfide. OTC salicylic acid. OTC zinc pyrethium. T-Gel is tar. Some people like it. There are generic otc tar shampoos as well. Take a look in the shampoo section or ask the pharmacist. ...Read more

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What does help a scalp that tends to flake and only itch when wet?

What does help a scalp that tends to flake and only itch when wet?

Flaky itchy scalp: Most likely this is related to seborrheic dermatitis and one of the dandruff shampoos may help. There are a number of them with different active ingredients so you may have to try several ones to see what is best for you. Some are: neutragena tgel, tsal; sebulex, head and shoulders, etc. Shampoo daily. If it doesn't work see your dermatologist for medication to put on your scalp. ...Read more

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I'm a 52 yr. Old and I have severe flaking and almost a crust on my scalp?

I'm a 52 yr. Old and I have severe flaking and almost a crust on my scalp?

See below: These symptoms need to be fully and thoroughly evaluated by your physician who can then explain them to you and discuss with you what's best. ...Read more

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How to stop scalp skin from flaking?

How to stop scalp skin from flaking?

Rotate Shampoos: Start rotating over-the-counter shampoos daily that have the following ingredients: ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione and/or salicylic acid. If that does not help, the next step would be an evaluation by a dermatologist for a possible prescription topical. ...Read more

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What can stop dry and itchy flaking scalp?

What can stop dry and itchy flaking scalp?

Emollient: The treatment of dry scaling of the skin is a common condition if dry areas, and may be prevented with use of emollient. ...Read more

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What can I do if my scalp itches and flakes so much?

What can I do if my scalp itches and flakes so much?

Shampoo and Referral: You can use any of the over-the-counter dandruff shampoos--ask your pharmacist. If no relief within 2-3 weeks, see your doctor for a dermatology consult. ...Read more

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My two months old infant has flaky scales on her scalp. Is this normal?

My two months old infant has flaky scales on her scalp. Is this normal?

Yes: This sounds like cradle cap or scalp seborrhea, which is very common in infants. You can put baby oil on the area 1/2 hour prior to shampooing and then shampoo with a baby shampoo. That may loosen the scales for her. This usually goes away after a couple of months even without treatment. ...Read more

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What can I do for severe scalp pysorisis? It itches, flakes and sometimes bleeds

What can I do for severe scalp pysorisis? It itches, flakes and sometimes bleeds

See your Dr: Your doctor can prescribe topical steroids and, if a fungus is considered, antifungals. Light and laser therapy may also be of benefit. Please see your doctor :) ...Read more

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Why does my infant have such bad flakes and scales off over her scalp? How do I treat this?

Why does my infant have such bad flakes and scales off over her scalp? How do I treat this?

Seborrheic: Dermatitis. This is often present in infants and the best news is that it will get better. Shampoos, such as Nizoral often help remove their scales. Emollients such as Eucerin, cetaphil and aveeno (oatmeal) and others may help to protect the dry porous skin. Keep fingernails covered to prevent scratching. Sometimes steroid creams are used but they can cause thickening of the skin. All the best. ...Read more

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My friend has a problem with very dry scalp that scales when she scratches what can she do about it?

My friend has a problem with very dry scalp that scales when she scratches what can she do about it?

Shamppo: Try either selsun or selenium tuype shampoos. Head and soulder also works. If not you will need precription shampoo from your physician. ...Read more

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My scalp itches a lot. Also, white flakes come out when I scratch it. What is this and how can I cure it naturally?

My scalp itches a lot. Also, white flakes come out when I scratch it. What is this and how can I cure it naturally?

Dandruff: Dandruff is the shedding of flakes of dead skin cells from the scalp. It has been shown to be the result of three required factors:
1) skin oil commonly referred to as sebum or sebaceous secretions
2) yeast colonization (specifically malassezia yeasts)
3) individual susceptibility. There are special shampoos you can buy that contain selenium, which target the causes and bring great relief. ...Read more

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If you look closely on my scalp you can see flakes lying there. They get off very easly by scratch. Sometimes my scalp looks red. No itch.what is this?

If you look closely on my scalp you can see flakes lying there. They get off very easly by scratch. Sometimes my scalp looks red. No itch.what is this?

See your dermatologi: Assuming you see a dermatologist (or should be) taking these meds, they are all drying and irritating. It is unlikely she would advise all 3 at the same time. Also, note that benzoyl peroxide bleaches fabrics and hair. Seborrheic dermatitis is NOT dry skin, but is a separate condition with different management. Review all this with your dermatologist so you can best manage it. ...Read more

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Itchy scalp that flakes! What can I do to help it?

Itchy scalp that flakes! What can I do to help it?

Dermatitis, scalp: For this condition I like to use Dermo-Smoothe FS applied 3 nights weekly, left on overnight and washed out the following morn with Nizoral (ketoconazole) Shampoo.

Alternatively, you may try Selsun Blue for a few weeks. An OTC prep. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Greasy scalp scales?

Dead skin cells: Due to the presence of plentiful oil glands or sebum on the scalp, when dead skin cells are exfoliated, they may be excessive and feel oily or greasy due to the sebum. Dandruff. ...Read more

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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

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Does scales on scalp from scalp psoriasis reduce after taking headbath?

Psoriasis: Scaling on scalp from psoriasis will be reduced after washing your hair, but will return in a few hours. Shampoos containing 2 or 4% coal tar can help reduce the inflammation that causes the condition. There are many topical treatments for scalp psoriasis. Please see your local doctor to discuss them. ...Read more

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Hi, what is the remedy for dry scalp? No itch problems, just that flakes are constant

Suspect Dandruff!: Scalp dryness and flakes are an indication of dandruff. You may benefit from using a shampoo with Salsun -Blue(Sulphur containing) and use a good conditioner after a good shampoo rub. It should settle down in 2-3 weeks of daily use. If it comes back or if it does not go away, you may have to see a dermatologist who can prescribe Coal tar based shampoos which may work better. ...Read more

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I have a condition on my scalp. It is itchy, red, and I also have flaking. I have tried all kinds of?

Seborrhea/Psoriasis?: It could be either of these or a combination sometimes called "sebopsoriasis". If you haven't tried it yet, it might be worth trying Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo, now available over the counter (otc). This is an anti-fungal shampoo that can sometimes even cure seborrhea if used for at least a month. If this doesn't work, you may have a chronic condition in which case you should see your family doctor. ...Read more

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From the last 3 months i have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp ,which i am not sure of. I have flakes on my scalp.

From the last 3 months i have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp ,which i am not sure of. I have flakes on my scalp.

Dandruff: This is very likely dandruff. We call this seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Sometimes this is associated with a rash around the eyebrows / sides of the nose or chin. Best treated with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoos. Please ask your pharmacist for one of these and use as directed - see someone if not improving after a month or two. ...Read more