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Flaky skin with itching and burning on the cheeks. Dry patches on the scalp. Need a solution

Hello. I started a few months ago with dry flaky skin on both sides of my cheeks. Then I noticed it eventually in my eyebrows. Since then it has gone into my hair line just above my forehead and it itches and burns. The sun seems to make it burn more. Lately, it is a constant burning and itchy feeling. I do notice on my scalp there are dry patches that itch. When I scratch them they seem to come off but eventually reappear. I noticed I now how dry patches if you will in my right ear as well. I'm a very clean person, my skin is not oily, and that I know of it's not in my family.I don't have insurance. Can you guide me in the right direction?
Asked On : Fri, 19 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013

Welcome and thanks for posting your query to Healthcare Magic.

After reading your query the closest possibility of your problem appears to be "Seborrehic Dermatitis". This is a condition caused by multiple factors but in simple words you can understand it by fungal, genetical, environmental and other factors.
It presents as scaly, flaky, itchy, and red skin over scalp, face and trunk region.

Kindly follow the suggestions below:
-Do shampoo of scalp everyday.
-Keep your scalp clean by combing everyday three to four times.
-You can do cold water compresses to reduce the intensity of itching.
-Do not scratch or rub the skin as it can lead to further aggravation.
-Avoid stress of any type.
-You can take oral anti histamine like loratadine or levocetrizine under medial advise.
As you have insurance so I would recommend you to meet a dermatologist for best diagnosis and treatment.
Hope these informations will help.

"With good health wishes"

Dr Sanjay Kumar Kanodia
MD (Dermatology & STDs)
Answered: Sat, 15 Jun 2013
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