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    Hi, i have a scalp condition that i would describe as acne. The spots mainly appear around my hair crown but they also spread accross my whole scalp at times.It is quite embarissing when having to get my hair cut and can be rather uncomfortable and painful at times. I'm currently trying medicated shampoo but this doesnt seem to be working. Any ideas?





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    I started having pain on my scalp 3 years ago and my hair hurts so much on some areas. I'm now 30years of age. I have had Biopsy done but nothing was found. I got steroid injections to reduce the sensitivity on the scalp but this didn't work. Its a big patch now and have to wear a wig. My scalp is so painful on the bald area and it feels like my own hair is piercing me on touching. It sometimes feel sore like I hve had a scalding on the scalp. I don't know wht to do, Please help.





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    i have the same problem, im losing my hair at the front of my head and my hair is so sort, it is horrible to come and i try not to. Ive been to my doctor and they have been useless. I cant help but just wanted you to know that you are not alone.

    Any advise on severe scalp psoriasis, I suffered with dry and flaky scalp with red patches all over my scalp. Please help...





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    Alposyl shampoo and e45 shampoo are a starting point. Apply to wet hair and soak for several minutes which will soften up any flakes and aid removal when the scalp is rinsed. Seek a GP. They can prescribe you with exorex lotion which can be applied to scalp. This slows down the rate of skin cell production and eases itching. If this doesn't ease the scalp psoriasis your GP on your second visit may refer you to a dermatologist who will have the ability to prescribe various stronger treatments including UVB phototherapy and topical steroid creams with salicylic acid (the steroid clears the psoriasis and the salicylic avid breaks down the flakes). If the above has no effect then your dermatologist may recommend biological treatments or drugs that dampen the immune system to stop the psoriasis patches releasing chemicals causing inflammation. These are usually reserved for the most stubborn and extreme cases. Hot weather will make your scalp psoriasis a lot more itchy. Shorter hair may help keep scalp cooler and will help with applying topical treatments. Olive oil, glycerin, are good to moisten the scalp which shall reduce itching amd help remove flakes. Even better if you soak it in your hair overnight. Most treatments that are available on shelves in stores will not really help with reducing the red appearance. This will require the help of your doctor or dermatologist.

    I'm suffering from a very itchy scalp (small red lumps), and this is causing me to scratch my scalp and pull out the scabs. I have tried everything over the counter and have even been to see my doctor but she said it isn't scalp posariasis and was unable to diagnose my problem. This has been on-going for about 4 years now and is increasingly getting worse.





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    Hi, i've suffered with psoriasis since i was about 5 years old, however about 2 years ago it became itchy. My doctor put me on to a shampoo called 'polytar liquid' that delt with the itchiness. The product is not specifically for psoriasis but for ithcy, dry scalps so it may help. Your able to buy in supermarkets or at the chemist with out the need for a prescription, i hope this has helped

    I would ask to see a dermatologist as scalp psoriasis can look like little red pustules as well as flaky white patches. I have scalp psoriasis and use something called betnovate which works but thecondition never disappears for long unfortunately. Anyway get your gp to refer you to see a specialist.

    I am a 19 year old male my symptoms for nearly the past year is that i have hair loss and hair thinning but it is accompanied by a daily itch on my scalp especially on the top of my scalp and sometime it intensifies so much causes me to feel very depressed and whenever i try to relive the itch it pains. Also when my scalp is itching my scalp appears red ton the whole top of my scalp. i have been to my doctor, a dermotologist and a qualified tricologist at the institute of tricology and they all say different things to me. my dermotologist say's i have folliculitus and androgennic Alopecia but the ticologist say's that i do NOT have male pattern baldness as i am also have thinning and hair loss on the sides of my scalp and on the back but says that i have telegon effluviam. This is all well an said but they don't seem to deal with the scalp pain and tenderness that i am going through. On another note whenever there an itch there is hair loss as well, i also seem to be losing hair from my eye brows and eye lashes and my eyes seem to always itch and sting whenever i try touch them after i have touched my hair. I have also been told that my hair seems to look very crimpled as well whereby it looks unhealthy and that some hair are easily broken if thats any help. on another note when looking at my hair strands as one does when being worried about hair loss my hair is noticibly thinner near the root tip then the top og the hair strand is this normal?





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    Hello, I have been suffering from folliculitis of the scalp for fout years now. My scalp is always itchy, have bumps/rash all over my scalp, my hair has suddenly become dry and really lacks lustre and it recently started spreading to my berad area, all over my face.my face is all disclored(blemishes) every where,with unwanted hair growing from my cheek. What can I do to get rid of this once and for all, cos its really affecting my skin all over.





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    Hi, I am a 47 year old male and for the last 5 years or so i have had a problem with my scalp in that i have had spots on my scalp now for the years just mentioned, some are pussy some are not, have been to my local GP over the years, think 3 times now in the last 2 years or more, 1st time i used Vosene Medicated Shampoo, and used this for well over a year, washing my hair daily while having a shower, then GP subscribed to something else after that, then most recent was NIZORAL which i used for 6 months or so but again no joy, i have in the last 6 years started to receeed regards my hair, so not sure if anything to do with that, like i said been to GP 3 times and in a way feel it is an unimportant issue having to take time off work to book an appointment any other advice to offer me?





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    does scalp psoriasis make the head and scalp smell????





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    I have had psoroasis now since the age of 13. I have only had it on elbows and more so on my scalp Though just 18 months ago I suffered really badly. Guttate psoriasis covered my whole body including soles of the feet and palms of hands. To which I had 13 weeks of uv treatment 3 times a week to calm it down followed by creams. I had been relatively free until this week when the random spots have started to appear again. The scaring from the last episode is still visable This is affecting mainly my torso and legs and my scalp is on fire. I am awaiting an urgent apppintment at dermatology. On the last episode I had severe tonsillitis which I am told triggers it. The week before last I had a sore throat hence the reoccurrence. Os this likely to happen every time I get a throat infection and is theanything that can be done to prevent these flares??????





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    I have had scalp psoriasis for many years which seems to be getting worse spreading and no treatment has ever worked. I watched an episode of embarrassing bodies when a lady had her scalp steamed then all the scales were combed out. Can you please let me know where I can get this done. Thank you





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    Hi I am 13 and my scalp is always itchy, it has spots on it but these spots are like scabs I have a habit of picking them of, sometimes the spots are red but they are mainly a orange colour a bit like wax it is very embarrassing for me and sometimes very painful, I live in Spain so when my scalp is in the sun it is very painful, please help x





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    you probably have psoriasis. kind of like eczema, most of my family suffer from it so you are not alone, it is quite common. hop it gets better :)

    My partner has had back acne and similar spots on his scalp. Could the spots on his scalp be the same type of acne? We have tried weaker soaps and shampoos in case they irritated his skin and they have faded slightly since but are still there just less swollen. I was wondering if there are any creams which could help or even get rid of them completely? Thank you.





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    I have been suffering with scalp acne for the past 10 years. They tend to come and go. Some days I have good clear days. But some I have a huge flare up. It's very difficult to lay me head down on the pillow sometimes because the acne spots hurt and they sometimes bleed and it's very uncomfortable to go and have my hair cut at the salon because the clippers will cut the acne spots and it's very painful Please tell me which shampoos and conditioners are perfect for me and that would get rid of my scalp acne spots once and for all.





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    I have had a problem with pimples type spots or even boils on my scalp for about 2 years now and my scalp is extremely dry and itchy can you help. I've had oral steroids from my GP and no joy I am now using Nizarol shampoo it only relieves systomps for a day or so. Can you and or a member of your team help me please





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    I have had this strange scalp condition for 6 years.I have been to specialists, medical clinics, UCLA, MD's, Kaiser. No one seems to know what it is. All over my scalp are white spots that have pulled in my hair. I don't have flaking or itchiness. Just the pulling sensation that can give me headaches if I don't take care of it. I have tried all kinds of shampoos, remedies and oral medictions. No change. The only thing that offers a bit of relief and loosens my scalp so that I can massage the hair out is Campho-Phynique. To keep my scalp soft, vaseline or like products help. I wear a wig when I go out, but I canbot bear to have one on for long as my hair starts pulling. I keep my hair very short. So I am not inclined to go anywhere unless I have to. It's embarrassing. Can you help?





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    that really sounds like what my son had, the scalp was growing over the hair, large scabs of dry scalp over it. What got rid of it was using diprosalic which was prescribed by a dermatologist,we did this twice a day, it is a clear liquid so no mess. What it did was softed the scalp & withing 5 weeks my son's scalp was completely clear, use this with a tar shampoo recommended by the doctor also. whenever I see new dryness appear I use the drops again. Hope this helps you.

    I have had scalp psoriasis since i was a child, i'm now 21years old. I have all kinds of shampoos and they dont work. it reacts well for a while then it just gets worse. I find that useing betnovate helps my scalp. there is another scalp applicaton but that burns my scalp (betnacap).





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    I have had psoriasis for 10yrs mainly on my scalp, stomach and patches come and go on my legs. The best thing for my scalp is exorex which works but has been out of stock for months, the small spots on my legs though i can't seem to get rid of, any help would be appreciated





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    I have a constant itch on my lower region, not internal, only in the vulva area, and it is like tingling/itching sensation. I have had this for years now, and have been to doc numerous time, but to no avail. I have learnt to live with it, but now I have a similar complaint on my scalp, and at times it feels like my whole scalp is going to lift off. There are also bumps/spots on my scalp, which at times can be very sore. It feels like my nerve endings are super sensitive and it is driving me crazy, as all I want to do it scratch my head. Any advice would be very much appreciated.





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    Try a shampoo without parabens or sulphites for your head. And cut out all sugar for down below. (some of the undigested sugar gets eliminated from the body and irritates below).

    I HAVE HAD ITCHY SCALP FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS I HAVE BEEN PRESCRIBED SHAMPOOS CREAMS I JUST CANNOT SEEM TO GET RID OF IT.ITS ITCHY FLAKY AND ALSO HAVE A SMELLY SCALP ODOUR WHEN I GENTLY RUB SCALP WITH FINGERS SCALP SMELLS ALONG WITH ALL THE OTHER SYMTOMS WHAT HAPPENING I AM REALLY DOWN ABOUT THIS.





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    I have a dry scalp so I do get SOME dandruff.. but the shampoo I use clears it up so it's not a big problem. However, I have had these weird pinky-red spots on my scalp for quite some time now and I'm pretty worried. I noticed the first one about about 2 years ago and since then a few more have appeared. They don't itch or anything, but hairdressers notice them and it is really embarassing. I'm too embarassed to go to the doctors, is there anything I can do to get rid of them? (they look a bit like the ones in the picture on this page)





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    Hiniv suddenly deveopled scalp psoriasis in the last four months, iv been using betnovate scalp application and T- Gel shampoo but its no better and now im getting a stingy burning sensation on my scalp, Also its very embarrassing as I walk round with flakes off my scalp falling down on to my clothes and Im constantly iching in public,my GP has just refferred me to a dermatologist, help please at my wits end.





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    Hi, I've had scalp psoriasis for eight years. I've found the best way to cope with it is the exfoliate prior to putting on the ointment prescribed to you, yes this does feel extremely painful but it prevents flakes for the new few days before repeating the process. If you like me with very fine hair then I find it helps to back comb your hair and hair spray it to prevent the embarrassing moment when people can see it on your scalp. Hope this helps, maybe one day they'll find a cure.

    Hi, I went to the doctor and showed her my scalp as for the last 6 months or maybe longer I've been getting little spots on my scalp that pop, sometimes they can be really sore, using shampoos for dandruff seem to help and it tends to flare up when ill have quite a few at one time and then other times I might not have any, when I went to the doctor I mentioned I thought I might have follicalitis but the antibiotics and the cream she gave didn't seem to help.





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    There is a shampoo, used to treat a more serious condition called scalp psoriasis. It is by 'neutrogena' and its called 't-gel therapeutic shampoo' it has an active ingredient called 'coal tar extract ' and that's the one you need. Given the nature of the condition it should improve your symptoms. You can buy it on amazon. X

    i been going poo alot more sometime i cant sleep and some times got to run to toilet or i go about 3 or 4 times in a hour been like this on and off 4 few months now please help having hair loss with red spots on scalp and ringing in right ear all the time cant cope no more my scalp been playing me up over year doctor not doing anythink up all nite worried





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    try wheat/barley/gluten free diet. helped my tum and a scalp condition.

    try wheat/barley/gluten free diet. helped my tum and a scalp condition.

    Am near fifty years old, and for last 4 to 5 years have had a problem with my scalp, in that i am forever getting spots, red and white, have been to my GP a couple of times and have been given a couple of different medicated shampoos but to no avail, dont like going to GP at the best of time, but am still suffering, have for months upon end have used medicated shampoo like vosene but no joy. Receeding hair now on the front, and suppose getting to that age where i am considering having it all off, but the thought of numerous spots/white heads on my scalp is putting me off, so what do you reccomend or suggest? Think i wrote something similar a year or two ago, but never got a reply back.





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    Am near fifty years old Male, and for last 4 to 5 years have had a problem with my scalp, in that i am forever getting spots, red and white, have been to my GP a couple of times and have been given a couple of different medicated shampoos but to no avail, dont like going to GP at the best of time, but am still suffering, have for months upon end have used medicated shampoo like vosene but no joy. Receeding hair now on the front, and suppose getting to that age where i am considering having it all off, but the thought of numerous spots/white heads on my scalp is putting me off, so what do you reccomend or suggest? Think i wrote something similar a year or two ago, but never got a reply back.





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    Hi for the last 2years I have had spots on my scalp they are very sore I have been to the doctors time and time again but they don't seen to take any notice the spots are like the spots you get on your face with white puss I have tried everything but nothing seems to get rid of them . It is driving me insane I can't even go to the hairdressers because im so embarrassed.....





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    I have a 15 year old son who has developed a scalp condition which he has had for around a year, he was prescribed nizarole shampoo and when used it would clear the scaly scalp but after 2/3 days the scalp would become dirty again with fine particles. If the scalp is scratched with a fine comb it would help remove the mess from the scalp but it's never ending, the fine particles would just keep coming off, I say particles because it is not like flaky dandruff.





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    that really sounds like what my son had, the scalp was growing over the hair, large scabs of dry scalp over it. What got rid of it was using diprosalic which was prescribed by a dermatologist,we did this twice a day, it is a clear liquid so no mess. What it did was softed the scalp & withing 5 weeks my son's scalp was completely clear, use this with a tar shampoo recommended by the doctor also. whenever I see new dryness appear I use the drops again. Hope this helps you.

    I've got it on my scalp and its around my nose creases now, it's very very sore and yellow spots , all over my scalp and smells sometimes, it's clears then comes back even worse, I've tried everything had all the test shampoos tablets biopsy and I'm so depressed I'm at my lowerst point now as I can't sleep, as it hurts to lay on it, to shower or bath hurts ... People can see it so comment ,I don't no what to do, GPs don't no nothing HELP





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    ive suffered for the last 2 years on my scalp,had long courses of antibiotics and creams of the doctor but nothing worked so i had a look for antibacterial creams on the internet,i found one called epiderm and apply it morning and night,but also wash hair morning and night with tea tree oil,this has helped me a lot and it seems to be clearing up after a couple of weeks of doing this daily,hope this helps,

    Ive had psorisis for about 7 years on my scalp. It started out with a little round circle of scab and then i got another one more a less at the side of it. After 7 years worth of scratching, itching, picking (which i shouldnt) its spred all over my scalp and ive got a little bit in my ears. Im affraid that if i get worse and spead on my face i will do something stupid. Is there anyone else with this problem on the scalp and what creams help the scalp as im using Synlar gel and i can only use it ever now and again due to it being steriod creme.





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