Scalp Problems

Scalp Problems

Scalp problem can affect the skin of the scalp, or the hair or both.  The scalp may be infected, inflamed or there may be growths on the scalp

Dandruff presents with dry greasy flakes on the scalp, which can often be itchy. It is often related to eczema elsewhere on the face

Scalp psoriasis is seen as scaly silvery well-defined skin patches on the scalp, usually along the hair line. There may be itch, burning or discomfort. Scalp psoriasis can occur alone or in combination with psoriasis on the body. It can resemble dandruff but differs in that it extends beyond the scalp and appears on the forehead, the back of the neck or behind the ears

Treatment of scalp psoriasis

  • Medicated shampoo and scales softeners
  • Topical steroid or anti-inflammatory

Tinea capitis is a fungal infection affecting the scalp and hair shafts. It presents as itchy, flaky patches on the scalp. There may be brittle hairs, hair loss or soft bumps on the scalp

Treatment of tinea capitis

  • Hair sample and culture
  • Medicated shampoo
  • Oral antifungal