The Most Common Scalp Conditions

Oftentimes, we spend too much time worrying about the state of our hair that we tend to forget about the condition of our scalp. It is important to note that a healthy scalp helps produce healthy hair and when the scalp is unhealthy, it can result to having an itchy, uncomfortable rashes and bumps, hair loss as well as sores and scabs on the scalp.

To know more about scalp conditions, visit us at Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center.

Dandruff is the most familiar scalp condition that we know. This can result in an itchy, and scaly scalp. But there are other types of scalp conditions that can require your immediate attention, and this includes:

Hair loss – one of the most common scalp problems is hair loss, including hair thinning and breakage. Naturally, hair gradually thins as you age because you can lose 50 to 150 strands of hair per day. Hereditary thinning is one of the most common causes of thinning hair, this condition could start in as early as your teenage years. Other possible causes for hair loss can include:

    • Damage to hair due to hair products you are using
    • Habits of hair twisting and pulling
    • Side effects due to medications, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy
    • Emotional stress
    • Medical conditions such as lupus and hyperthyroidism
    • Metal poisoning
    • Poor nutrition
    • Damage to the hair shafts

Psoriasis – this condition can affect any part of your body, including the scalp. And this kind of condition is one of the most difficult types to treat. This condition, although similar to dandruff, can be distinguished by the buildup of skin cells that creates patches that are dry instead of oily. And these patches can itch, hurt and bleed.

Folliculitis – this is a common skin condition that is basically the inflammation of your hair follicles. This can appear as little bumps with pus scattered all over your scalp, which can also look similar to acne.

Cysts – scalp cysts can be very easy to be identified. They are usually bumps that vary in size. You can usually feel them when you comb your hair. When you are unsure about a bump that you find on your scalp, it is better to have it checked by a trusted dermatologist.

Seborrheic dermatitis – this is a very common scalp condition. It can cause red, itchy patches with a greasy scale. This condition is not contagious, but it can be chronic. Seborrheic dermatitis can be triggered by stress and seasonal/weather changes. It is recommended that you have this condition treated early to avoid complications that include hair loss.

Ringworm – this is a contagious fungal infection that can lead to bald spots, broken hairs, and black dots on your scalp. Despite its name, there is no worm involved in having ringworms. The rash that you get from ringworm is usually painful and scaly and can sometimes cause enlargement of the lymph nodes.

Allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) – this condition happens when your scalp comes in contact with an allergen. Its symptoms can sometimes be severe that are often mistaken for infection. This can be caused by your hair dye, or your shampoo and other chemicals that you are using on your hair and scalp.

Because it is basically impossible to check the condition of your scalp by yourself, it is recommended that you consult the best dermatologist if you notice something off with your scalp. At Doral Health and Wellness Dermatology Center, we have the best dermatologists that are ready to help you take care of your skin and scalp’s conditions. As dermatology experts in Brooklyn, New York we are dedicated in providing the best services. You can visit us at 1797 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11212 to book an appointment. You can also call us at 1-347-384-5690, or visit our website at to book an appointment online.