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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

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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What is the definition or description of: scalp itching?

What is the definition or description of: scalp itching?

Seborrheic derm: Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) and see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor can you give me some tips to reduce scalp itching?

Hard to say: As the best form of treatments are addressing the underlying issue and without know any more information or having the chance to evaluate your scalp in person may be difficult to better guide you. This may be related to dandruff and in that case the over-the-counter shampoos like Selsun Blue may very well help you, but again its difficult to say for certain. ...Read more

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My scalp is itching and hurts I'm Gluten intolerant and in jested gluten why is my scalp itching is it a reaction to it? No bumps or redness

My scalp is itching and hurts I'm Gluten intolerant and in jested gluten why is my scalp itching is it a reaction to it? No bumps or redness

Hard to say: Gluten sensitivity is more directly related to the tissue injury triggered by immune IgA antibodies on the gut. The IBSD/belly pain/ etc. Are your standard features. However, the gluten sensitive patient may also have allergic symptoms or cross reactivity to non gluten foods/substances that can trigger a variety of allergic symptoms like itching. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, scalp itching and rash on scalp.

Scalp tenderness.: See a doctor. Could be shingles, infection. Will have to be examined. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp itching and flaking skin on scalp. The following also describes me: Skin redness or irritation especially along my hairline.

I am experiencing scalp itching and flaking skin on scalp. The following also describes me: Skin redness or irritation especially along my hairline.

Seborrh. Dermatitis?: This sounds like typical seborrheic dermatitis, a severe form of dandruff. It is easily treated, but requires professional diagnosis and prescription medication. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Scalp itching thining hair loss, how to stop it?

Scalp itching thining hair loss, how to stop it?

See dermatologist: It sounds like you should see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. There are many possibilities from infection, to inflammatory, to autoimmune conditions. A biopsy may be required. ...Read more

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Scalp itching and hairs fall off. Receding hair line terribly hurts my pride. I tried minoxidil 5% topical for one month with no result. Treatment?

Scalp itching and hairs fall off. Receding hair line terribly hurts my pride. I tried minoxidil 5% topical for one month with no result. Treatment?

Alopecia: Hair loss in men is very common and in most cases is genetic. The two appoved treatments are rogaine (minoxidil) and propecia. Minoxidil is the generic version of rogaine (minoxidil) and is available otc. Propecia is oral and is prescription. Keep in mind that you must use either of these products for at least 3-6 months to see hair growth. ...Read more

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Hi there Dr. Matthew! I've been experiencing scalp itching for months now, and I've been using lice shampoo and dandruff treatments for a while. But nothing seems to be working!

Hi there Dr. Matthew! I've been experiencing scalp itching for months now, and I've been using lice shampoo and dandruff treatments for a while. But nothing seems to be working!

See answer: Best wld be to see a dermatologist who can examine you and be able to give u proper treatment. If u still want to try a home remedy use white vinegar daily on ur scalp and have head bath after 10-15 minutes. It helps to put organic coconut oil on the scalp for 15 minutes prior to putting the vinegar. ...Read more

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Does mirena (levonorgestrel) contain any qty of nickel? I'm allergic to nickel & have unexplained arm/scalp itching. Can my IUD be cause?

No nickel, may itch: Mirena (levonorgestrel) does not contain nickel, it does contain silicone. Less than 5% of patients implanted with Mirena (levonorgestrel) complained about skin issues, your symptoms may e related to your mirena, (levonorgestrel) but it seems unlikely. ...Read more

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I applied a ton of apple cider vinegar to my scalp to get rid of scalp itching from dryness. Is that bad? Can I apply lotion to my dry scalp?

I applied a ton of apple cider vinegar to my scalp to get rid of scalp itching from dryness. Is that bad? Can I apply lotion to my dry scalp?

SCALP ITCHING: WHY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?
GET EITHER A TAR SHAMPOO AND USE IT 3 or 4 TIMES A WEEK.
A CREAM RINSE IS GOOD FOR DRY SCALP AFTER YOUR SHAMPOO. ...Read more

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Trtd for everything from scabies-eczema. Rash comes & goes, but creeping&itching remain. Now face, neck, scalp itch too. Derm dismissive. Ideas?

Trtd for everything from scabies-eczema. Rash comes & goes, but creeping&itching remain. Now face, neck, scalp itch too. Derm dismissive. Ideas?

See another derm: You need a diagnosis. See another dermatologist and talk to him/her about coming in for an emergency appointment when the rash returns. Perhaps that rash needs a biopsy if the diagnosis is not clear from the physical examination. ...Read more

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My whole body itches really bad, from y scalp to my toes. The itching is keeping me up at night. There is no itching during the day just at night.?

My whole body itches really bad, from y scalp to my toes. The itching is keeping me up at night. There is no itching during the day just at night.?

Night itching: New detergent or sheets? Bedbugs? dry skin? try a moisturizer like AmLac lotion, iron deficiency? Opiod/ medication use? Rarer causes kidney/liver disease, electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, polycythemia, Hodgkins disease. Discuss with doc ...Read more

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I bleached my hair last night and my scalp was biting so bad that I had to wash it out. Now I have 2 small scales should I be worried? Hey head itches

I bleached my hair last night and my scalp was biting so bad that I had to wash it out. Now I have 2 small scales should I be worried? Hey head itches

This is likely: A chemical burn from the product. Did you keep it in longer than recommended? This can be hard on both the scalp and hair. It is assumed that this discomfort will resolve. Don't place any harsh chemicals on your head/hair. ...Read more

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Have something broke out on my scalp itches bad.

Have something broke out on my scalp itches bad.

SeeMD: U may want to see your md or a dermatologist! ...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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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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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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What is bumps on my scalp that itches?

Not sure.: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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My scalp itches all the time and I have scabs on my scalp what could this be?

Dandruff: There is benign condition of skin sloughing off from the scalp and make you uncomfortable. The most important thing to make sure is that it is not fungal infection in which case, you require specific antifungal medication. For simple skin flecking, using anti- dandruff shampoo is something to start with. Good luck. ...Read more

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I feel like things are crawling on me & my scalp itches. Ideas on what this could be?

Many possibilities: The feeling of bugs crawling on your skin can be caused by a variety of different conditions some of which including peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, vitamin B12 deficiency, Morgellons disease and side effects to medications. You may even actually have little bugs crawling on your skin. Discuss it with you physician and have them help you determine the cause. ...Read more

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I have a bump on my scalp. It itches and it hurts when I touch it. Why do I have a bump on my scalp?

I have a bump on my scalp. It itches and it hurts when I touch it. Why do I have a bump on my scalp?

Bump on scalp: There are a lot of potential causes for a bump on your scalp that itches and hurts when you touch it. You should see your doctor to have it evaluated. It can't be diagnosed without proper examination. ...Read more

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I have a raised red line on my scalp that itches. It gets bigger when I scratch it.?

Irritation: Stop using any products or dryer. See a physician for a scalp exam. ...Read more

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