A 31-year-old female asked:
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i have habit of scratching my head to the point of scabs; habit is worse w/scabs cuz i want to pick off. does this habit pose any danger or infection?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience Internal Medicine
Of course!: Your fingers carry bacteria. If your scalp is raw, sooner or later it will get infected. Get this looked at and treated please.
Answered on Jan 9, 2012
Dr. Richard Feinstein
52 years experience Dermatology
Scalp pimples: Some people get pimples on their scalps, and when these are picked, they form scabs, which get more irritated, and can scar. These are more common in people with allergies, like eczema. These can get infected at t imes and cause a swollen gland in the back of the scalp. Shampoo with a dandruff shampoo, every other night, and use Hydrocortisone cream. Don't pick. You may need an antibiotic pill.
Answered on May 7, 2016
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