Itch of scalp is a common problem in dermatovenereological practice. It can be a manifestation of inflammatory, infectious, autoimmune dermatoses, oncological pathology, neuropathic, systemic, psychogenic conditions and unknown etiology. It can be localized or generalized and not always associated with skin conditions. Itch of the scalp is a manifestation of many dermatological diseases (seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, anxiety, lichen planopilaris, lice, psoriasis). Perifollicular inflammation, secretion of neurotransmitters (substance P), concomitant mental disorders can contribute to it.
Red scalp syndrome, first described by Therstrup Pedersen in 1987, is accompanied by constant inflammation of scalp that is not caused by dermatologic disease of scalp and accompanied by itch and burning that can’t be treated by topical glucocorticosteriods or antiseborreic drugs, triggered by sun. The possible etiological and pathophysiological factors are perifollicular inflammation and increase of release of substance P close to affected hair follicles. There is connection with atopy or rosacea. Treatment includes sunscreen protection, soft shampoo, avoidance of contact irritation components.
The purpose of this study is diagnostics and examination for differentiation of itch and red scalp syndrome.
Bobko Svetlana MD, PhD senior research fellow of Moscow scientific and practical center of dermatovenereology and cosmetology.
Graduated with honours from Moscow Medical Academy named after I.M. Sechenov in 2008, after residency of dermatovenereology in Moscow Medical Academy named after I.M. Sechenov 2008-2010, had posgraduate study at dermatology department of Sechenov Moscow State Medical University, due to Russian Federation President Scholarship for studying abroad worked in 2011-2012 in Dermatological Clinic of Muenster University Hospital. Defended thesis in 2013 (scientific mentor A.N. Lvov, A.B. Smulevitch) «Psychogenic itch: aspects of clinical systematics, complex therapy and prophylaxis», since 2014 till now is working in department of clinical dermatovenereology and cosmetology of Moscow scientific and practical center of dermatovenereology and cosmetology. In 2015 was a scientific secretaty of 16 ESDaP congress in Saint-Petersburg. In 2017 got Michael Hoenstein Memorial Scholarship by European academy of Dermatology and Venereology. In 2017 got travel grant of international Forum for the Study of itch (IFSI) to attend 9th World congress on itch. A member of Task groups of EADV of pruritus and psychodermatology. Reviewer of JEADV, Fronties, Clinical dermatology and venereology. Member of National alyans of dermatovenereologists and cosmetologists, Moscow society of dermatovenereologists and cosmetologists named after A.I. Pospelov, Member of EADV, Member of ESDaP, Member of ISD, Member of IFSI, Member of DDG, member of EAAD. Coauthor of IFSI-guideline of prurigo. In 2016 paricipated in clinical Study of EADV — validation of itch questionnares for patients (organized by S.Staender), and in 2017 in European Prurigo Project by EADV. Secretary of Local ethics committee. Author of more than 30 publications. Speaker of local and foreign conferences and congresses