Have you ever brushed through your hair and felt some itching and pain? If yes
then you are suffering from scalp sores.
Scalp sores might refer to the painful sores, bumps, or blisters that develop on the
scalp. Scabs and sores on the scalp can be itchy and unpleasant. Scratching
generally makes them worse and increases your chances of infection.
Such sores may be caused by a variety of factors like-:
1. Infection of the hair shafts (folliculitis)
Folliculitis is a common scalp and skin condition usually caused by a bacterial or
fungal infection in which hair follicles become inflamed. At first, it may look like
small red bumps or white-headed pimples around hair follicles — the tiny pockets
from which each hair grows.
The condition doesn’t have life-threatening effects,
but it can be itchy, sore, and embarrassing. Severe infections can cause
permanent hair loss and scarring.
(A) keep your scalp clean
(B) don’t brush your hair harshly
(C) keep your scalp moisturized using appropriate hair products
To relieve any pain and help the affected area heal, apply a warm compress to
the area three or four times a day, for 20 minutes at a time.If the issue worsens,
or the cause is unclear, contact a dermatologist.
Consider Reading: A Complete Oily Hair Guide
2. Infection of the skin (impetigo)
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria which often begins when bacteria that normally can be present on the skin enter a small cut or scratch. It sometimes results in yellow, crusty, oozing blisters or sores. Impetigo is more common in children than in adults.
(A) Wash your hair at proper time intervals
(B) Using antibacterial soap or warm water while bathing
(C) Keep your nails short and clean to avoid cuts while scratching your head
(D) Practice good hygiene
3. Scalp acne
Scalp Acne is one of the reasons what causes scalp sores. It’s a common scalp and hair problem that happens when oil and dead skin cells clog your pores. If a person has oily hair or adds certain products to their hair, they might be more susceptible to scalp acne.
(A)Wash your hair frequently to avoid the accumulation of oil, dirt, and germs.
(B) Avoid scrubbing your scalp with a washcloth. Rather pat your skin with a soft
(C) Eating an overall healthy diet is always good advice, and it may also help
your hair healthy
(E) Change your bed sheets and pillow covers on a weekly basis.
If scalp acne develops consistently, wash the hair more thoroughly, and try
hypoallergenic hair products. If the issue persists or gets worse, contact a
dermatologist for specific guidance.
4. An allergic reaction
An allergic reaction to a hair product or something else in your environment can
cause bumps (hives) on your scalp. This condition is called allergic contact
dermatitis. Hives may itch, peel, or feel dry and scaly.
Avoid using hair products you feel you are allergic
to. Get recommendations and advice from your doctor to suggest you the
products which suit you.
It is important to avoid further contact with products that may be responsible.
Also, a doctor may prescribe appropriate medications.
5. Head Lice
Head lice are tiny insects that attack your scalp. They’re highly contagious and
can cause itching and bumps on your scalp and if they are visible to naked eyes,
it can be really embarrassing.
(A) Keep your hair and scalp clean
(B) Use appropriate hair products to prevent the growth of lice
(C) Comb your hair daily and thoroughly
Treatment for head lice typically involves using medicated shampoo and combing
the area to kill and remove the bugs and their eggs.
One of the most commonly faced scalp problems these days is dandruff. This
common condition can be caused by a yeast overgrowth on your scalp, or by hair
products that are drying out your scalp. Dandruff not only causes itching but it
also leads to hair fall.
(A) Brush your hair daily and thoroughly
(B) Oil your scalp regularly
(C) Try not to scratch your scalp while oiling or washing
Use anti-dandruff hair products. Natural ingredients like lemon, neem oil, and curd
can be equally efficient in treating dandruff.
Frequently asked question: Why Does My Hair Smell?
Hair roots have oil glands and when hair are not washed well enough or regularly, it can build up oils (sebum) on your scalp and lead to a smell. An oily scalp can start smelling sooner, even a day or two after shampooing. Consider washing your hair with a mild shampoo every two days to keep the sebum levels in check.
The next time, you ask yourself this question – why does my hair smell, use a good shampoo made for your specific scalp and hair type and use it regularly with your doctors’ recommendation.
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