How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Thomas, MD Your Own Question

Dr. Thomas, MD
Dr. Thomas, MD, Board Certified MD
Category: Dermatology
Satisfied Customers: 63757
Experience:  Board certified Internal medicine and Integrative medicine. Many years of experience all areas.
24257177
Type Your Dermatology Question Here...
Dr. Thomas, MD is online now

Doctor,I have a dry patch on the back of my head

Customer Question

Hello Doctor,
I have a dry patch on the back of my head (lower left) Ive tried different creams and they seem to make the itching worse. I do have dandruff and i do use special shampoo to treat it. It does seem to take care of the itchiness but only for a couple of days.
I do have a picture of the dry area and i want to know what its called.
Thank you in advance,
Onur
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I do itch more if i am going through stress.
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.
This is Dr. David
thank you for the question and photo
that looks like it could be bad eczema or psoriasis of the scalp or possibly an area of seborrheic dermatitis
you need to see a dermatologist and get a skin biopsy to know for sure.
you might need stronger prescription steroid creams and antifungal creams to help clear it up
over the counter treatments don't sound like they are strong enough for this situation.
do you have a doctor who can refer you to see a dermatologist for a skin biopsy there?
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 11 months ago.
HelloThis is a different expert and I have a different answer for you.This very clearly looks like ringworm of the scalp.It needs a specific prescription, and if it has failed creams, it probably needs an oral medication.It would not need a biopsy, but a swab test sent to the lab to confirm it.Ringworm of the scalp is more difficult to clear up, and often requires an oral med. See your GP and point this out specifically, get the test, and start his /her treatment. I am a double board certified clinical doctor of internal medicine [we must test and demonstrate our expertise in dermatology] and integrative medicine [medicine and natural therapies]. If you would like to know other medical approaches to this, find me by request anytime in the medical category after you click a positive rating for DR. thomas on this answer page [see the top]. I can not access the additional services offer here. OK, so that is an initial answer….Please use reply to expert if you have further questions. When you are ready, please click a positive rating [hopefully excellent]. If you forgot something, come back. I am here daily.

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
< Previous | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me FROM a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O.
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C.
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • dermdoc19

    dermdoc19

    Dermatologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2779
    30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/dermdoc19/2010-09-30_160749_Photo_122807_015.JPG dermdoc19's Avatar

    dermdoc19

    Dermatologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2779
    30 years practice in general and cosmetic dermatology
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/tcsatish/2009-4-14_221547_satish_pp.jpg Dr. Skinner's Avatar

    Dr. Skinner

    Dermatologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1548
    MD , DNB ( D &V), FAAD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2418
    GP with over 27 years experience including emergency medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrK99/newpic2.64x64.jpg Dr. K.'s Avatar

    Dr. K.

    Board Certified MD

    Satisfied Customers:

    274
    Board certified with experience in primary care.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/JACUSTOMERjtu60wne/2011-2-14_183449_passportphoto2.64x64.jpg docwithheart's Avatar

    docwithheart

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    0
    Board certified pediatrician, with special experience in general pediatrics, hospital pediatrics, and pediatric cardiology