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itchy scalp with small sores

Posted by doug abbott on August 04, 1999 at 11:23:05
Over the past few years I've had a persistant problem with itchy scalp and small sores on the head. I've been to a dermatologist and he put me on Kenlogg? (hydrocortisone) spray for the scalp. It help for awhile but the condition comes back again. Any suggestions? Thank, Doug A.

Posted by Derm M.D. ASR on August 06, 1999 at 10:24:10
In my experience, itchy scabs on the scalp are less likely to be seborrhea or dandruff, and more likely to be stress-related.  In other words, like many people, you may unconsciously or consciously scratch or pick at your scalp.  It's a tough habit to break.  Noticing that you're doing it is a first step.  Cortisone-based products, like the one your doctor gave you, may help, but need to be used again when the condition returns.
I'd tell you to avoid all stress, if I knew how that was done!
Dr. R
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