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Dr. P. Jyoti
Dr. P. Jyoti, Doctor (other than dermatologist)
Category: Dermatology
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I have a skin problem on the scalp exactly where the hair

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Hello hello i have a skin problem on the scalp exactly where the hair ends behind the head.
it is a reddish spot that peels and itches it has increased in size over the last few years.
can you help or should i consult a doctor in person?
thank you
JA: How long have you been dealing with this? Does anything in particular seem to make the itch better or worse?
Customer: A guess more than 3 years
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: I didn't notice that anything I did or used has improved or worsened

Hello, my name is***** thank you for your question. I am a qualified MD with 18 years’ experience. ​

Please provide some more information so that I can provide you with a better informed answer.

What is your age and sex?

Has the patch remained in the same place or is it all over the scalp?

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Customer: replied 1 month ago.
hi i am a 34 year old woman
the problem remains in the same place only has increased in size

Ok, I have your reply. Please hold on while I type out your answer

There are two possibilities for this.

Scalp Eczema: this is a chronic condition of the skin where there is recurrent eczematous reactions. You will need prescription antimicrobicidials and steroids.

Scalp Psoriasis: Psoriasis, a condition which can affect any part of the body, can also affect the scalp. You need to use treatments like coal tar shampoos.

You should consult a dermatologist for this. You need to get this checked up to determine the cause. Once the diagnosis is made, you can be treated for this.

If you do not get an early appointment with a dermatologist and you are having a lot of symptoms, you can apply 1% Hydrocortisone ointment for this. This will help greatly. But if you are going to the dermatologist soon you should not apply as it will make the lesion subside and cause problems in diagnosis.

Take care - wish you good health and a quick recovery. Stay safe.

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