Dermatology Community
itchy burning scalp
About This Community:

This forum is for questions regarding Dermatology issues, such as: rashes, acne, birthmarks, skin infections, rosacea, and general skin care.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

itchy burning scalp

For many years I've been having scalp problems, it itches and burns and it drives me crazy. I have had this problem for several years now more like 25 or 26 years, I have dealth with this problem in differant ways such as using alcohol, peroxide or even literine and believe me it controls the problem for a few days then it comes back. Know for the last 3 years I have seen a brown spot the size of a quarter, it turns dry and I am able to scrape it off, I have also been getting a lot of break-outs (annoying pimples) on my scalp for the last 2 years. Know between the burning, itching, break-out It's driving me crazy, I saw a physician and he told me it was nothing. What can I do?
Related Discussions
  • Sour Scalp (1 replies):
    I sweat (nerves) and my scalp sours very easily. What c...[more]
  • Don't Know What I Have (1 replies):
    I'm not sure I need a dermotologist but before I spend a...[more]
  • Head Sores (1 replies):
    I think it's psoriasis but am not sure. I have bumps sh...[more]
  • dry scalp (1 replies):
    my son is 28 months he has eczema and I discover he has ...[more]
  • help!!!!! (1 replies):
    i need to know if coconut oil will help with sheborrheic...[more]
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi,

This could be seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. It particularly affects the sebum-gland rich areas of skin.

Side effects to inflammation may include temporary hair loss. If severe outbreaks are untreated for extended intervals, permanent hair loss may result, because of damage to hair follicles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seborrhoeic_dermatitis

Soaps and detergents such as sodium laureate sulfate may precipitate a flare-up, as they strip moisture from the top layers of the skin, and the drying property of these can cause flare-ups and may worsen the condition. Accordingly a suitable alternative should be used instead.

Among dermatologist recommended treatments are shampoos containing coal tar, ciclopiroxolamine, ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, or zinc pyrithione. For severe disease, keratolytics such as salicylic acid or coal tar preparations may be used to remove dense scale. Topical terbinafine solution (1%) has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of scalp seborrhoea,as may lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or corticosteroids (such as fluocinolone acetonide). Pimecrolimus topical lotion is also sometimes prescribed.

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination if your symptoms persist.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how you are doing.

Regards.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I have the same problems! Although, i have not had any dark spots come up, but i've only been battling this for about 4 years. My scalp with burn, and itch beyond releif, and i will sometimes get little puss pockets from red bumps (mainly because i will wake my self up scratching agressivly). I have alot of hair loss when i wash my hair, or brush. My doctor said it was seborrehic (however you spell it) dermititus and gave me a topical alcohol based medicine, but it only temporarily releives the pain and itching. I am settin up an appointment for a dermatologist. Hope you get releif soon....
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Hi,

This could be seborrhoeic dermatitis. It is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. It particularly affects the sebum-gland rich areas of skin.

Side effects to inflammation may include temporary hair loss. If severe outbreaks are untreated for extended intervals, permanent hair loss may result, because of damage to hair follicles.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seborrhoeic_dermatitis

Soaps and detergents such as sodium laureate sulfate may precipitate a flare-up, as they strip moisture from the top layers of the skin, and the drying property of these can cause flare-ups and may worsen the condition. Accordingly a suitable alternative should be used instead.

Among dermatologist recommended treatments are shampoos containing coal tar, ciclopiroxolamine, ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, or zinc pyrithione. For severe disease, keratolytics such as salicylic acid or coal tar preparations may be used to remove dense scale. Topical terbinafine solution (1%) has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of scalp seborrhoea,as may lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or corticosteroids (such as fluocinolone acetonide). Pimecrolimus topical lotion is also sometimes prescribed.

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination if your symptoms persist.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how you are doing.

Regards.

Blank
Post a Comment
To
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Dermatology Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Dermatology Answerers
995833_tn?1375604252
Blank
maatson
Other
209987_tn?1334790318
Blank
tschock
AB
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
diane493
1096512_tn?1384893378
Blank
vedadhar
Hyderabad, India