Scalp Diseases

There are a lot of health conditions involving scalp.

Some scalp diseases evolve to hair loss, which can affect the patient’s self esteem and quality of life.

The problems and emotional consequences related to scalp diseases get worse if untreated.

The longer it takes to get the proper diagnosis and treatment the more difficult will become to get your hair back.

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    Scalp squamation is commonly called dandruff.

    Although it is usually related to seborrhea, dandruff can also be a sign of other scalp diseases.

    The main causes of dandruff are:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis;
    • Psoriasis;
    • Allergy or contact dermatitis;
    • Sun or chemical burning;
    • Mycosis.

    As dandruff is a non-specific sign of scalp diseases, investigation of other signs and symptoms are necessary to evaluate the scalp problem.

    Scalp redness

    Red scalp can be a normal feature in fair skin people, but it can also be an inflammatory sign.

    Scalp dermatitis are inflammatory diseases with signs and symptoms such as: pain, burning sensation, dandruff, pimples, sores and hair shedding.

    The scalp redness, also called erythema, can also evolve to scar and permanent hair loss.

    Red scalp diseases include:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis;
    • Psoriasis;
    • Eczema;
    • Scalp burning;
    • Infections;
    • Folliculitis;
    • Cicatricial alopecia.

    Once redness can be a sign of scalp diseases that evolve to hair shedding and alopecia, it is recommended to evaluate the red scalp as soon as possible.

    Trichodynia: scalp ache

    Even though pain can be extremely uncomfortable, it is a subjective symptom. There are lot of different words used by patients to describe the scalp ache.

    Some people describe scalp ache as a sharp or throbbing pain, sting, tingling, burning etc.

    There are also patients who only complain of sensitive scalp when they comb hair or touch the scalp.

    Once scalp ache is a non-specific sign, the medical investigation must involve different health areas such as dermatology, neurology and psychiatry.

    The main causes of trichodynia include:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis;
    • Eczema;
    • Scalp burning;
    • Infections;
    • Traction alopecia;
    • Folliculitis;
    • Cicatricial alopecia;
    • Headache;
    • Dysesthesia;
    • Anxiety disorder;
    • Trichotillomania;
    • Fibromyalgia.

    Considering that there are a lot of possible causes of trichodynia, it is interesting to perform a broad investigation by multidisciplinary professionals.

    Scalp itching

    Scalp itching

    Scalp itching is a very common complaint.

    When itching is mild and occasional, it does not usually bother the patient a lot.

    However, when itch scalp interferes in your daily routine or there are also symptoms such as dandruff, scalp ache or hair loss, it might become a problem.

    Some itching scalp diseases are:

    • Seborrheic dermatitis;
    • Pediculosis or head lice;
    • Allergy;
    • Mycosis;
    • Bacterial infection;
    • Folliculitis.

    Although sometimes itching is almost an involuntary act, it might contribute to make it even worse.

    Therefore, you should avoid scratching the scalp.

    Furthermore, it is also recommended to talk to a dermatologist or a scalp specialist doctor to diagnose and treat the main problem causing the itching.

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    Scalp pimples

    Scalp pimples are usually described as little sores, crusts or acne.

    They might also bother patients and cause a lot of problems.

    There are different possible origins for scalp pustular lesions.

    Pimples located at the bottom of a hair is called folliculitis.

    There are some specific scalp folliculitis that might cause definitive hair loss.

    The presence of scalp pimples may occur in the following conditions:

    • Bacterial infections;
    • Fungal infections;
    • Herpes;
    • Seborrheic dermatitis;
    • Subcorneal pustular dermatosis;
    • Chloracne by chemical products;
    • Acne necrotica;
    • Acneiform eruption;

    Other scalp diseases: folliculitis decalvans, folliculitis abscedens, folliculitis keloidalis nuchae.

    Scalp pimples are annoying and they might also be the unique sign of cicatricial scalp diseases.

    If you noticed scalp pimples, talk to your scalp specialist doctor.

    Scalp skin cancer and other scalp lesions

    Bald people have a great sun exposure on the scalp, what makes this area particularly prone to develop skin cancer.

    Scalp skin cancer might be noticed as a mole, spot, blot, pimple or sore that does not heal.

    Besides cancer, there are other scalp skin lesions such as:

    • Pilar cyst;
    • Seborrheic keratosis;
    • Sebaceous nevus;
    • Wart;
    • Melanocytic nevus;
    • Adnexal tumors.

    Scalp diseases: what should I do?

    Signs and symptoms such as scalp pain, itching, redness, dandruff, pimples or sores should not be ignored.

    Some scalp conditions are also related to hair shedding, permanent alopecia and scalp skin cancer.

    Doppio Clinic has an appropriate infrastructure to evaluate and treat your scalp problems.

    Doppio Clinic is headed by a hair loss specialist physician who leads a team of professionals prepared to help with your issues.

    Make an appointment today to get information and advice about your hair and scalp diseases.