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Yellow Scaly Scalp
I have a pink scaly patch on my scalp for a long time which has gotten bigger and will not go away what could it be?
Lots of things: but psoriasis is my first thought. Your MD can look at it and tell. If it isn't obvious they can take a sample of the tissue (a biopsy) and tell that way. Very rarely, skin cancer presents this way , too, so see your doctor. It isn't an emergency, but it is important. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yellow things?: What they are depends on whether they're moving or not. If moving, they could be head lice. If these are scabby places that are coming off when you scratch, it could be a form of seborrheic dermatitis. Your doctor can help you know. If these are moving things, there are several over-the-counter treatments. More info here: http://tinyurl.Com/4s788ts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I live in a dorm with REALLY hard water. When I'm here, my scalp gets really irritated and scaly. Is there anything I can do?
Hard water=not good: Hard water is known to be a problem. It has been known to make skin problems worse, and recently a good study confirmed that, especially in people with any tendency to have eczema. Only avoidance of the hard water source, or water softening, are known to be effective. ...Read more
May be fungal: This could be a "cradle cap" type of problem, could also be a fungal infection. A dandruff shampoo with a soft-bristled brush to help soften up the scale for washing off can help. You may also need to see a dermatologist if your pediatrician is having trouble solving this. ...Read more
My hair has been falling out loads, especially during winter, when they come out i see white /yellow stuff attached to the roots and scalp, what is it?
Many possibilities: Hair "turns over" faster than just about anything else in the body, and many things - from illness to injury to surgical procedures to hormonal imbalances to infections to stress - can interfere with the normal hair cycle. Don't waste your money on tonics and "hair vitamins". Let a dermatologist go through the possibilities and find the cause. (the yellow stuff on the roots is normal.). ...Read more