- Scalp symptoms:
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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Scalp symptoms. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: e.g. itchy scalp, rash on scalp, scaly scalp, flaky scalp, dry scalp, tender scalp.
Why: e.g. seborrheic dermatitis may also affect the skin of the face and trunk; psoriasis may also affect the skin on the trunk, nails and the joints but tends not to affect the face.
Why: e.g. may suggest chicken pox, impetigo or head lice.
Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, dermatitis herpetiformis.
Why: e.g. hair spray, shampoo, hair perm chemicals - may suggest contact dermatitis.
Why: e.g. asthma, hay fever - may suggest atopic dermatitis as the cause of scalp symptoms.
Why: may suggest scalp sunburn as the cause of scalp symptoms.
Why: e.g. Celiac disease may be associated with dermatitis herpetiformis.
Why: some medications may cause sensitivities such as aspirin, morphine and codeine; some medications (such as captopril, gold, tetracycline, chloroquine, quinine, chlorothiazide and chlopropamide) may cause a lichen planus-like eruption which may cause thinning of the scalp skin and loss of scalp hair.
Why: e.g. food allergies, insect allergies, drug allergy.
Why: e.g. allergies, psoriasis, eczema, systemic lupus erythematosus.
Why: may suggest chicken pox, Steven's -Johnson syndrome.
Why: scalp skin tenderness is a feature of muscle contraction headache (tension headache).
Why: e.g. thick patches of adherent scale on the scalp, mild to moderate itch. May be associated with psoriasis lesions on other parts of the body including elbows and knees. May be complicated by arthritis and nail symptoms.
Why: e.g. yellow-red, scaly, greasy and itchy rash of the scalp. May also affect the ears, face, eyebrows, around the eyes, around the nose, centre of the chest and centre of the back. Dandruff is a feature of the scalp area. In infants, scalp involvement is called "cradle cap".
Why: e.g. white spots of the nits (may be mistaken for dandruff), nits cannot be brushed off, scalp itching. Scalp may be without symptoms and may not be itchy.
Why: e.g. most prevalent in adolescence; scalp skin flaking, scalp itching. If severe, may be associated with seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.
Why: e.g. fever, fatigue, weight loss, joint aches, butterfly-shaped red rash over face and mouth ulcers. May also have disc shaped lesions on scalp skin and patchy hair loss over the scalp.
The following list of conditions have 'Scalp symptoms' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Scalp symptoms'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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