Itchy Scalp

Itchy scalp or scalp pruritis is when the scalp becomes itchy and flaky due to dryness or other condition affecting the scalp. Some of the common conditions that cause itchy scalp are seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infection, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and head lice.

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I have red itchy dry skin on my head. What could be the reason behind that?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some red things on my head accompanied by dry skin, which also feels itchy. What can this be? Kindly advise me on the same. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. It may be due to irritation, allergies, or fungal infections. Maintaining hygiene is essential. Do not use harsh soaps or shampoo, or dyes. Take antihistamines like Cetirizine if you feel too itchy. Consult your dermatologist for further exa...  Read Full »

Can HIV cause itchy scalp and swelling near the collarbone and left wrist?

Query: I had intercourse with a female sex worker. I had used the protection which broke either during or perhaps before penetration. But after I experienced continuous change in sensation, I checked and the condom was broken, at which point I withdrew from the intercourse before ejaculation. I asked the g...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi Thank you for the query. The chances of transmission of HIV by unprotected intercourse with a HIV positive person is very low. If protected almost nil. The HIV RNA PCR is negative after 10 days exposure is almost more than 95 % accurate. The chances of HIV tests coming positive later is almost ni...  Read Full »

I have developed psoriasis in my scalp and there is constant itching. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, I have developed Psoriasis in the scalp and ear region with flaky scalp and dryness along with itching in the scalp. I am also having premature greying of hair. When the flakes are removed by itching or combing, the region becomes bloody, and watery liquid is secreted. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Kumari Monalisa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You have scalp psoriasis. This condition needs long-term maintenance therapy to control the flare-up. You can start on 0.05 % Clobetasol propionate and 6% Salicylic acid lotion, a combination to be applied over a wet scalp and to be left for ...  Read Full »

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 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 »

What causes dry skin and flaking of skin on the face?

Query: Hi doctor, Please take a look at my case of skin dryness and flaking on my face. This is a cyclic condition¬†which occurs almost every 7-8 months. The dryness persists for 1-2 months during which I also have general body itching over hands, legs and under my ribs on the sides. The strange thing is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all I would like you to thank for giving me a perfect clinical history with perfect photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a crystal clear case of seborrheic dermatitis and is moderate in nature. It is a fungal infection and is ve...  Read Full »

Please suggest solution for painful pus-filled pimples on scalp with dandruff.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a lot of pimples on the scalp. Pimples are with white pus. There is a lot of pain and a lot of dandruff along with this. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You seem to be having scalp folliculitis which is an infection of your glands on the scalp. It can sometimes be related to dandruff in which case scalp pustular psoriasis has to be ruled out. You need to reduce your sugar and milk or milk product intake. Reduce eggs and r...  Read Full »

I am a 25-year-old female suffering from extreme hair fall, scalp itching, and dandruff. Which medications can I take?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 25-year-old female suffering from extreme hair fall for the last three or four years. I have lost most of the hair volume these years, and hair falls in 100 to 200 strands whenever I comb them. My hair texture is frizzy and dry, and I also suffer from scalp itching and dandruff. I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. 1. 75 to 100 hair fall every day is very normal. So, hair loss should be considered only if the number of hair falls more than this. 2. Generalized hair fall in females is mostly due to stress, poor sleep, poor nutrition, and excessive blood...  Read Full »

How to treat inflamed scalp due to contact dermatitis by tree tea oil application?

Query: Hello doctor, About two months ago, I used a coal tar shampoo mistakenly because I thought it would help remove a reaction I had to fenugreek, where I was constantly itching and flaking. Then, about three weeks ago, I washed my hair with 100% kaolin clay, undiluted tea tree oil, and apple cider vin...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Hydrocortisone ointment is a type of steroid. Most Hydrocortisone are mild, and they are used in the treatment of eczema, insect bites, and, in your case, for treating contact dermatitis. There are points to be kept in mind while using Hydrocortisone ointment: 1. It s...  Read Full »

I have an itchy scalp, and white flakes appear when I scratch. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an itchy scalp. It is constant, and when I scratch, white flakes come out. What should I do about it?  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per the history you have provided, you may have seborrheic dermatitis, which is also otherwise known as dandruff. Dandruff can be oily or dry. In your case, it may be dry. As of now, start using a combination of Salicylic acid, Ketocona...  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 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 »

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