Flaky Scalp

Flaky scalp occurs when the scalp sheds dead skin cells. It is often observed in dandruff. The other causes are shampooing hair too often, improper rinsing of shampoo on the hair, cold weather, stress, bad reaction to hair products, scalp psoriasis, and eczema. Using anti-dandruff shampoo helps to reduce dandruff and flaky scalp. The other treatment options are given by consulting a dermatologist.

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Why am I having red spots with dry, irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have red spots of dry and irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and leg, just below the waistline. Minor itchiness comes and goes. I am using Neosporin for about a week, but they are still there. I am attaching a picture of these red spots.  Read Full »


Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I need more information. From when do you have this problem? How many lesions do you have in total? How many episodes per year? Do you have flaky scalp? Any history of fever? A month back, did you have similar lesions? The images (attachment removed to protect...  Read Full »

Is my scalp dry because of psoriasis?

Query: Heavy scalp comming from hair and if i remove my hair completely and after shampooing 2 3 days it gone but come again doctor has confused its psoriasis or not. Have attached a photo.  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello Welcome to icliniq.com Hope you are having staying safe 1) I have seen your attached photo and read your history, I wanted you to answer few of my questions to confirm psoriasis - Any relevant family history of Psoriasis? - Any scaly lesions elsewhere on the body especially knees, elbows, ...  Read Full »

Can seborrheic dermatitis result in hair fall and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a white bump present on my hair root. Due to it, I have itching on my hair. I have lots of hair fall even when I touch them. I am using Ketoscalp shampoo. But still, there is no recovery. I do not know whether it is seborrheic dermatitis.   Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention whether you have consulted a dermatologist for this issue. Please mention whether you got a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis. I do not understand about white bumps. Please mention whether it is pustules or hard white bumps or fluid-filled lesions or dry...  Read Full »

How to treat flaky skin and burning sensation in the scalp?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a skin disease on the scalp. The skin becomes flaky and falling. Occasionally, I have a burning sensation at a particular place on the scalp. Please suggest.   Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flaking on the scalp occurs due to seborrheic dermatitis or scalp psoriasis. Please share a photo to assess the condition and to suggest a treatment.   Read Full »

I am suffering from extremely itchy and flaky scalp that is causing hair fall. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23-year-old male. I have an extremely itchy and irritated scalp. Flakes come out with single hair attached to them. I consulted a doctor he gave me a Biotin tablet and Ketomac shampoo but nothing worked. So I started using virgin coconut oil on my hair, but still, these flakes and...  Read Full »


Dr. Amanjot Kaur Arora

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and I can understand your concern. Though it would have been better if you could send a picture of your scalp as well. However, based on the characteristics of the scale you have shown (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) your co...  Read Full »

I have severe dandruff, flaking, and itching scalp. How to manage this?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had dandruff issues and an itching sensation in my hair with severe flaking. I am currently using anti-dandruff shampoo for the same. Is there any other medication available for the same?Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. As per the history provided, seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff of the scalp may appear on and off due to multiple factors throughout life for 99 percent of individuals. The factors responsible for that include hormonal ...  Read Full »

I have itchy, dry, and flaky scalp on the backside of my hairline. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old girl suffering from an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp for two years. I have dandruff, but this flaky scalp is only in one spot of my scalp, which is the backside of my hairline. I tried using Ketoconazole 2% shampoo for two weeks and discontinued it since it changed the te...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I suggest you to follow the below instructions: 1. Wash scalp with Salisia KT (Ketoconazole 2% and Salicylic Acid 2%) shampoo on alternate days for ten days then twice weekly for three weeks or Xgain shampoo thrice weekly for six weeks. 2. ...  Read Full »

What to do to resolve the itchiness, burning sensation, dryness, and flakes on my scalp?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female, and I am experiencing a severe itching sensation on the scalp. I can see flakes on my temples and the crown of my head. The rest of my head has flakes but not as bad as the top. My hairline looks lighter than the rest of my skin, making me insecure. Also, my sca...  Read Full »


Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It is seborrheic capitis. Kindly answer the questions mentioned below, 1. Since when does it appear? 2. Does the redness appear after excess scratching and rubbing of lesions? 3. Are the dry scales present elsew...  Read Full »

I have white flakes and scales on my scalp due to dandruff. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female. I have consulted many doctors for my dandruff problem but I could not get good results. I have white flakes and scales on my scalp. My scalp is oily and greasy. I have an oily face with a lot of pimples. I have some small minute bumps on my face, forehead, back...  Read Full »


Dr. B T Priya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can take tablet AF 400 (Flucanozole) three tablets for a week. You can use Becort lotion (Beclomethasone) over the scalp for three hours before doing hair wash. You can also use diluted Ketafung CT (coal tar) lotion or Tarsalic shampoo (Salicyclic acid with Coal tar...  Read Full »

Is my DHT level causing mild hair fall and flaky scalp?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old. For the past three months, I have mild hair fall. I lose around 2 to 10 hair after every shower. I have never had hair fall in the past. I also did a background check with my family history; none had any baldness even in the 70s. I fear this would be the result of mas...  Read Full »


Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Flaky scalp not responding to Noskurf (combination of Climbazole, Piroctone Olamine, Aminodermine, and almond oil) lotion may be scalp psoriasis and need steroid plus Salicylic acid 6 % combination lotion. The pain is due to hair root inflammation, which is commonly...  Read Full »

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