Possible Wrong Diagnosis from GP - red patches on scalp.
Hi there, first time poster here and hoping to get some advice.
I am 28 (male) and recently went to the doctors about a skin problem (scalp)
which was a number of reddish, very slightly scaly patches on my scalp, hair grows freely over these patches, there is no itching, or irritation, just can get ever so slightly scaly if left with no treatment.
I first noticed one patch around 7 months ago, yet only approached my GP recently as after shaving my head, I noticed more patches, but to be honest I had forgot about them as my hair was long and there was no symptoms of anything wrong, apart from the visual appearance which I could only notice when hair was very short.
The doctor only done a visual inspection and said it was tinea capitis, now I have been using the treatment she gave me for it, which is Clotrimazole, yet it doesn't seem to do anything, and I am concerned that I haven't been diagnosed correctly, as from reading online, tinea capitis is extremely rare in adults, and caught mainly from farm animals, children - I don't come into contact with any animals or children.
Can I also add, she said I had a mild case of psoriasis on the outside of my right ear, and within my left ear, areas which had flakiness (which is correct).
Could it be a case that the patches on my scalp are a mild case of psoriasis?
Can anyone offer any suggestions as to what these patches could be? and how should I approach my GP, without causing any offence or sounding rude, if I am to question their initial opinion.
Last edited by JAF007; 02-21-2009 at 03:56 AM.