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Carmen Queasy 12-01-2007 22:54

Unhealing "scab" on head.
 
I have this really small scab on the top of my head. It's barely noticeable. Anyway, it doesn't seem to go away, ever! It just turns into a dry scab (white, dead skin). I picked it off ages ago, and it was back again a few days after.

Then... it came back. I left it for months and it just remained as a dead scab. I picked it off again, and it came back. I've left it for ages now, and it's still there.

Any ideas?

(btw, it's there because I scratched too hard once :p)

wild-card 12-01-2007 23:23

DONT PICK IT !!!!!!!


and it will go

Carmen Queasy 12-01-2007 23:33

I didn't pick it for about 3 months, and it never went away :p

Usually scabs heal in a couple of weeks!

boolaa 12-01-2007 23:48

I'd get it checked out by a doctor... I don't mean to be alarmist, but it could possibly be skin cancer, read this:

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=4318


One part says:

How skin cancers can appear

Skin cancers can appear as

* A spot or sore that does not heal within 4 weeks
* A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, scab, crust or bleed for more than 4 weeks
* Areas where the skin has broken down or ulcerates



Probably best not to pick it and have a doctor look at it!

StressMonkey 12-01-2007 23:56

See your GP. Could be you need an anti-biotic cream - only available on prescription from your GP.

Could be a viral infection like herpes simplex (Cold Sores) which need an anti-viral cream (I have them on my bum allegedly - but I think it is exma(sp))

Could be exhma (sp) - i get bumps and blisters on my scalp when under extreme stress.

Only your GP can diagnose.

StressMonkey 13-01-2007 00:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by boolaa
I'd get it checked out by a doctor... I don't mean to be alarmist, but it could possibly be skin cancer, read this:

http://www.cancerhelp.org.uk/help/default.asp?page=4318


One part says:

How skin cancers can appear

Skin cancers can appear as

* A spot or sore that does not heal within 4 weeks
* A spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, scab, crust or bleed for more than 4 weeks
* Areas where the skin has broken down or ulcerates



Probably best not to pick it and have a doctor look at it!

I was hoping to get the OP to the doctors without being too scarey :eek: But I was thinking Rodent(sp) Ulcer - pre-cursprecurser to skin cancer. Probably over-reaction, but a trip to the GP is called for here

boolaa 13-01-2007 00:05

It's most likely something minor of course, but it's always best to know!

Carmen Queasy 13-01-2007 00:05

The thing is... it's on my head and I had bad dandruff previously. I started using Nizoral and that seemed to make the dandruff go away (well, most of it). Could it just be a side affect of this?

I'll go to the doctors anyway, but I just wondered if anyone had any idea of what it could be so I can worry myself :D :p

boolaa 13-01-2007 00:18

All that dandruff is is your head skin shedding to much for whatever reason (a fungus or dermatitis), the Nizoral I just googled (LOVE google!) and it's anti fungal so that's probably your cause :p As with all medications there can be side effects but none of the ones I've read sound like they'd be causing your problem.

http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/medicines/100001862.html

Carmen Queasy 13-01-2007 00:25

I think that's if you take it orally, and not "topically" :p

It's not really a problem I have. It hasn't got any bigger and I've had it for over half a year now.

I think it's just one of those things... perhaps my scalp is in poor condition from all the anti-dandruff treatment.

quackaquacka 13-01-2007 00:55

Could be psoriasis, perhaps? Or as someone else has suggested, eczema.

SmartPrince 13-01-2007 02:55

Put some talc on it when you go to bed! Help dry it out.

Ruokasi 13-01-2007 03:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmartPrince
Put some talc on it when you go to bed! Help dry it out.

Surely he should try the opposite - and moisturise?

SmartPrince 13-01-2007 03:15

I have same prob for like ten years! Every time it heals I pick it! It has shrunk though. I don't ever worry though, when it started I tried to dig it out with a needle! A bit of self-surgery. Will only look bad if hair falls out!

sancheeez 13-01-2007 11:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by SmartPrince
I have same prob for like ten years! Every time it heals I pick it! It has shrunk though. I don't ever worry though, when it started I tried to dig it out with a needle! A bit of self-surgery. Will only look bad if hair falls out!

Ew. Are you one of these people that buys the home dentistry kit out of the betterware catalogue?

SmartPrince 13-01-2007 13:51

Quote:

Originally Posted by sancheeez
Ew. Are you one of these people that buys the home dentistry kit out of the betterware catalogue?

The electric drill was a bit scary, but soon got the hang of it. The dentistry mirror with a built in light is great too.

Sam Radford. 13-01-2007 17:46

Sounds like psoriasis to me. See your doctor. He'll probably prescribe Dovobet ointment.

Carmen Queasy 14-01-2007 00:34

It could be psoriasis which caused dandruff, too. The condition has improved, but I can still pick tiny bits of skin from my head.

Meh! It's incurable, isn't it?

Ruokasi 14-01-2007 02:19

I have dandruff.

StressMonkey 14-01-2007 22:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ste...
It could be psoriasis which caused dandruff, too. The condition has improved, but I can still pick tiny bits of skin from my head.

Meh! It's incurable, isn't it?

No clue. See a doctor :D

Carmen Queasy 16-01-2007 20:45

I had someone who has psoriasis on the head to check for me, and they said it looks the same as what they had, too.

Doctors it is then, boo! :p

I've actually noticed my head getting really itchy, too :(

blueblade 16-01-2007 21:16

It probably is psoriasis.

The trouble with things like that is that they're difficult to see, not only because of their positioning, but also because your hair will be in the way.

A mate of mine had what seemed to be a permanent mouth ulcer which his GF nagged him to see a Doctor about it. Turned out to be slightly lacerated tissue inside his mouth cause by a sharp edge to a tooth.

Carmen Queasy 16-01-2007 21:29

Yeah. My friend "swifted" though my hair and found a few more of the same thing, only smaller.

She said the flare ups are random and it never really goes away. BOO!

blueblade 16-01-2007 22:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ste...
Yeah. My friend "swifted" though my hair and found a few more of the same thing, only smaller.

She said the flare ups are random and it never really goes away. BOO!

Worry over ~ relax. If there's more of the same, it's psoriasis.

mrvgarg 16-01-2007 22:08

Buy a hat to cover it.


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