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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I have been using Finasteride for hair loss, but the flaking and itching have become intense, along with excess hair loss. Can I switch to Rogaine 5 % solution?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been treating my hair loss for three years with some success. It is more preventative than anything as I freaked out when I started to shed a bit. I have been using Finasteride for a year and Rogaine 2 % liquid for 2.5 years. I have never had itching, maybe a little flaking. Abo...  Read Full »


Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I have gone through your case. In my opinion, you are having androgenic hair loss which often runs in families and gets aggravated by stress and it is an ongoing process due to male hormones. I suggest you to follow a few instructions menti...  Read Full »

Is my scalp dry because of psoriasis?

Query: Hi doctor,When I comb my hair, heavy scales are seen along with the hair, and it does not appear for two to three days after shampooing. Is this due to psoriasis? I have attached a photo for your reference. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. From the attached images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it does not look like psoriasis or like a dry scalp. However, I suggest you answer the following questions to assist you further.1. Is there any relevant family hi...  Read Full »

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. Thakare Sampada Avinash

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 »

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 Madhav

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 Madhav

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. Priya B. T

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 »

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