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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 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 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 red patches on head with hair fall. Please suggest.

Query: Hello doctor, My head has red patches for the last six years. My hairs are falling (white hair only). I also suffer from low testosterone level for the last six months. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You have a condition called as scalp psoriasis. This happens due to an increase in turnover of cells at the level of skin. Stress, infections, climatic change, and consumption of eggs or red meat can cause this to increase. You can use a Clobetasol with 6% salicylic aci...  Read Full »

My newborn has a smelly mucous discharge from his ear. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, My newborn son has no hair on his head. There are scars and flakes of skin on his head. He is always crying and has smelly ear mucous. I use a shampoo and oil of a known brand to clean the area daily. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. But based on your description, your baby may have a medical condition called cradle cap, which is a common skin condition that affects infants. The cradle cap appears as scaly, flaky patches on the scalp. It is typically c...  Read Full »

Please suggest a good hair care product for an oily scalp.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 27 years old and have an oily, prone-to-flaking scalp that also encourages scalp acne. Additionally, I have been dealing with hair loss and receding hairlines in recent years. I recently discovered argan hair oil, but I am not sure if it would ease anything. Please let me know wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Do not apply oil over the scalp since you have a flaky scalp. Use Sebamed anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week. If you need to wash hair more frequently, then use a good branded professional shampoo along with its con...  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 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. Is there any relevant family ...  Read Full »

I have been using Finasteride and have flaking and itching. Why?

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 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 »

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 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 »

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 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 »

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 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 remo...  Read Full »

Apart from getting injections, what treatments are available for seborrheic dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight years ago, a car wreck shattered the windshield, and my head got injured with pieces of glass. They did not take the glass out, and I have also been dying my hair since I was 16. I developed fibromyalgia from the wreck, which is supposed to be relatively non-progressive, however ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The diagnosis from your history would still be seborrheic dermatitis or sebopsoriasis or scalp psoriasis. This is more of a cyclical problem, it tends to curb down with 2 to 3 months of treatment, but recurring back with a change in season or lifestyle. However, it natura...  Read Full »

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