There are a wide variety of conditions that can affect the scalp, and just as many causes for those issues. Everything from parasites to infections can cause hair loss, itching and rashes.


Most scalp conditions result in either hair loss or a skin rash. If you are experiencing hair thinning, brittle hair, itchiness, scaly patches, pain or tenderness on your scalp, a Riverchase dermatologist can help by determining the cause and developing a treatment plan that works best for you.

What Causes It?

Many conditions that affect the scalp are hereditary (passed down in families through genes). Scientists have yet to uncover the triggers that set off these diseases in some people but not in others. Scalp conditions from ringworm and parasites are known to be caused by infections. Still others are the effect of an illness or poor nutrition.

Some of the major causes of hair loss are alopecia, autoimmune disorders, malnutrition and diseases of the endocrine gland.

Skin rash, otherwise known as dermatitis or eczema, is a symptom caused by any one of a number of factors, including allergic reaction, irritating substances, another medical issue or your genetic makeup. Common symptoms of a scalp rash include itchy, red, painful and irritated skin. Blisters or patches of raw skin may occur. Typically a rash will clear up fairly quickly, but others are lifelong problems that can be minimized with consistent care and the help of a dermatologist.  

Other scalp conditions include scleroderma (a rare disease of the skin and connective tissue), birth defects, rejection of a medical procedure such as a bone marrow or stem cell transplant and parasites such as lice that are common among school-aged children.

Treatment Options

Although there are no cures for some of these scalp conditions, treatment can successfully minimize symptoms, and scalp infections most often can be eliminated if you seek help early. Some conditions may be identified by a simple visual examination, while others may require laboratory testing to find out the cause of the problem. A Riverchase dermatologist will prescribe a customized treatment plan for you depending on your diagnosis, family and personal health history, lifestyle and personal preferences.

If you are experiencing hair thinning, brittle hair, itchiness, scaly patches, pain or tenderness on your scalp, a Riverchase dermatologist can help by determining the cause and developing a treatment plan that works best for you. Options involve hair regrowth prescription medications or other types of scalp medicine to help control autoimmune and endocrine disorders.

Over-the-counter medicated shampoos can help control dandruff. Infections like ringworm and parasites can be cured using medicated ointments or washes that kill the fungus or insect. Surgical hair transplants are available when regrowth medication doesn’t work, and wigs provide a solution as well.

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38162 Medical Center Ave
Zephyrhills, FL 33540
2625 Executive Park Dr, Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
Venice Health Park 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice, FL 34292
Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Dr, Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
Sun City Center 
1007 E Del Webb Blvd, Suite 101
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Pembroke Pines 
603 N Flamingo Rd, Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
9015 US Highway 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
North Port – Bobcat Village 
2481 Bobcat Village Center Rd, Suite 101
North Port, FL 34288
Naples – North 
1015 Crosspointe Dr.
Naples, FL 34110
Naples – Downtown 
261 9th St S
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Colonial Square 
1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N.
Naples, FL 34102
Naples – Central 
9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
Formerly Bowes Dermatology
Mercy Professional Building Suite 6008
3659 S Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
Lakewood Ranch 
8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 260
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
Fort Myers – West 
9400 Gladiolus Dr, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers – South 
7331 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Fort Myers – The Forum 
3268 Forum Blvd, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
19527 Highland Oaks Dr, Suite 201
Estero, FL 33928
406 N Indiana Ave
Englewood, FL 34223
Deerfield Beach 
1880 W Hillsboro Blvd, Suite A
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
Cape Coral – Surfside 
2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
Cape Coral 
413 Del Prado Blvd S, Suite 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
Bonita Springs 
25987 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Boca Raton – East 
200 Glades Road, Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Bay Harbor Islands 
1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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