Scratching your head is a common action, but for men and women whose scalps are chronically itchy and who may also be experiencing unexplained hair loss, these symptoms may indicate a hair or scalp disease that requires medical attention.
Doctor Jeannette Hudgens and the medical team at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of Windermere, Florida have several years of experience and training with multiple hair and scalp diseases and will tailor each treatment to your individual needs.
When to Seek Medical Attention for Your Hair and Scalp
A scalp that is itchy, flaky and has dry patches may not seem like a reason to call a doctor, but an underlying medical condition may be the cause of your symptoms. If left untreated, hair and scalp diseases do not go away on their own and can be irritated by over the counter products.
Psoriasis, a chronic skin condition that is characterized by dry, itchy and often scaly patches on the skin, can also develop on the scalp. Referred to as scalp psoriasis, this condition is common and can appear anywhere on the scalp.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, a consultation should be scheduled with our medical team to alleviate your discomfort:
- Chronic itchiness
- Reddish patches that are small and not easily seen or thick and inflamed
- Flaking of the skin on your scalp, similar to dandruff
- A burning sensation or soreness
- White or silvery scales on the scalp skin
- Temporary hair loss from excessive scratching
Other Hair and Scalp Diseases
In addition to Scalp Psoriasis, our medical team commonly treats other hair and scalp diseases, such as:
- Alopecia Areata, when the body attacks its own hair and results in bald patches
- Cicatricial Alopecia, a rare disorder that destroys hair follicles and causes scar tissue to form.
What Treatments Are Available for Hair and Scalp Diseases?
Our medical team will prescribe the best treatment for your individual condition. Some of the most common treatments we use are:
- Medicated shampoos
- Medicine that is applied topically to the scalp
- Light treatments
- Scale-softening treatments
Only a medical professional can properly identify and accurately treat a hair and scalp disease. Seeking medical attention at Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center not only ensures the expertise of skincare professionals, it will also give you relief from symptoms that can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we serve the Orlando area with several cosmetic and medical services. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find relief from your hair and scalp symptoms today.