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Your Scalp Skin Changes May Also be Known as:
Scalp rash

Top 6 Scalp Skin Changes Causes

  1. 1.Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

    Shingles (herpes zoster) is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on the face, it may affect vision or hearing.

    You should go to a retail clinic or your primary care physician to be treated for shingles. Most common treatments involve pain killers and prescription antiviral medicines.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, weight loss
    Symptoms that always occur with shingles (herpes zoster):
    grouped rash, rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. The exact cause of this condition is not known, although doctors think that some common skin yeast organisms, called Malassezia, may play a role in some people.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated. There are a variety of medicated creams that are used for this condition such as prescription or over-the-counter shampoos containing zinc pyrithione, hydrocortisone, selenium sulfide, or salicylic acid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, rash with well-defined border, red or pink, rough patch of skin, cheek skin changes, scalp skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with seborrheic dermatitis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick, red skin with silvery scales. The patches mostly affect the elbows, knees, scalp, back, face, palms and feet.

    There are many over-the-counter creams that could help which you can first try to see if your symptoms get better. However, psoriasis is a diagnosis that should be made by a physician and might need longer term follow up.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, painful rash, scaly rash
    Symptoms that never occur with psoriasis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Chickenpox (Varicella)

    Chickenpox is an infection is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) and can now be vaccinated against. It spreads very easily from one person to another by direct contact with an active rash.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own using over-the-counter pain medications. Topical lotions containing calamine can be used on the rash or blisters and may be soothing.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    loss of appetite, fatigue, moderate fever, abdominal skin changes, itchy rash
    Symptoms that always occur with chickenpox (varicella):
    rash resembling chickenpox, red rash, itchy rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Job Syndrome

    Job syndrome is a genetic (inherited) disease of the immune system. People with this condition tend to have frequent bacterial infections of the lungs (pneumonia). Recurrent skin infections and an inflammatory skin disorder (eczema) are also common in this syndrome. This disease can also affect other parts of the body, including the bones, teeth, and the spine.

    You should visit your primary care physician to discuss treatment. There is no cure for this disease, and management usually consists of controlling infections (with antibiotics) when they occur.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    groin skin changes, constant skin changes, neck skin changes, itchy rash, crusty rash
    Symptoms that always occur with job syndrome:
    cheek skin changes, crusty rash, itchy rash, scalp skin changes, pus-filled rash, constant skin changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

    There are many different cells of the immune system. At times, there can be too many of one or more of them.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next few days.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, shortness of breath, fever, unintentional weight loss, severe fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scalp Skin Changes

  • Q.Is your scalp redness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Is your scalp redness getting better or worse?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with diabetes?

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Scalp Skin Changes Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scalp skin changes have also experienced:

    • 22% Scalp Redness
    • 11% Facial Redness
    • 11% Excessive Sweating
  • People who have experienced scalp skin changes had symptoms persist for:

    • 35% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 23% Less Than a Week
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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