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Dr. D. Love
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Category: Dermatology
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Can you help me with a skin condition?

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Can you help me with a skin condition ?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

Hello from JustAnswer.

How can we be of assistance?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
What condition is this?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

Is this causing any symptoms?

How long has this been present?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Since a week. No symptoms . It's on the scalp as well
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

If this has been present for a short duration, this is most likely a folliculitis, particularly since it is extending into the scalp. Folliculitis is inflammation and infection of the follicles in the skin and can be related to either bacterial or fungal infections, but with the appearance, I would suspect a fungal infection.

It would be reasonable to try an over the counter ketoconazole shampoo and while shampooing the hair, to also apply it to the skin of the forehead.

If I can provide any additional information, please let me know.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Which shampoo do you recommend
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

Any ketoconazole shampoo would be fine. A common brand name is ***** ***** any would be fine.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
this is above neck
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

This is also consistent with a folliculitis and the ketoconazole would be appropriate.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is this common? Why does this happen ?
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

It is fairly common. It happens because a fungus or bacteria on the skin overgrows. The skin is never sterile and there are always a certain amount of fungi and bacterial present on the skin, but one of the germs grows excessively, it can get into and grow in the follicles.

Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 9 months ago.

Please let me know if I can provide any additional information.