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What is the cause of scalp pain after a few days of not washing your hair or putting it up in a ponytail?

What is the cause of scalp pain after a few days of not washing your hair or putting it up in a ponytail?

Oil glands: Our hair follicles have natural oil glands which tends to keep the scalp soft, however, after couple o days it builds up to where it stiffens the roots of hair and hence the pain. ...Read more

Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it.Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin(beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body .Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn.Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Secondary hyper Algesia related to MPD (jaw pain) is it causing my scalp pain, swallen, hair fall and excess oil?

Secondary hyper Algesia related to MPD (jaw pain) is it causing my scalp pain, swallen, hair fall and excess oil?

Unrelated, see GP: To diagnose your condition, your doctor will review your symptoms, review your medical family and psychosocial history, and conduct a physical examination and tests. . ...Read more

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Can anyone provide some specific reasons to what might cause scalp pain?

Can anyone provide some specific reasons to what might cause scalp pain?

Scalp pain: There are various causes of scalp pain, including trauma, headache or infection. Injuries to the head, neck, scalp, skull or brain are commonly associated with scalp pain. Headaches may cause scalp pain as the result of vascular swelling, muscular tension, or nerve pain. Scalp pain is also caused by any condition that infects or irritates the surface of the scalp itself, such as skin disorders and. ...Read more

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What might be the cause of my scalp pain (seems like a pimple or 2 are there)?

Infection: This is possible scalp infection which requires oral antibiotics.See physician for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause severe scalp burning sensation pain to the touch on right side of head nerve pain in right ear and still neck. Shingle is ruled out.

What could cause severe scalp burning sensation  pain to the touch on right side of head nerve pain in right ear and still neck. Shingle is ruled out.

Neuralgia: I would wonder how early shingles was ruled out? Early shingles does not leave any objective physical findings... Glosssopharyngeal neuralgia is uncommon and usually has a component within the throat as well. Would see a neurologist to evaluate a deeper understanding of the situation. ...Read more

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Could a pulled muscle or muscle spasm in the scalp cause a pain in the head?

Could a pulled muscle or muscle spasm in the scalp cause a pain in the head?

Yes: Tension on Trapezius muscle is known to trigger headaches through upper cervical nerves via trigeminal-cervical reflex. ...Read more

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Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

Can a severe dry scalp cause pain and hair loss? Hair falling out in clumps and my husband said my scalp looks dry and flaky. Scalp feels tender

See a dermatologist: How long since delivery? Nursing? Any meds or vits not listed? Blood TSH and T4? Begin with a diagnosis by a skin specialist. Telogen effluvium is common after delivery. Skin and hair changes related to estrogen/ progesterone changes can be considered. Seborrheic dermatitis, infections, psoriasis, LE, and other diagnoses demand a skilled exam and evaluation to sort it out and begin specific thera ...Read more

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Scalp Pain (Definition)

Painful scalp syndrome! can now be shown by ultrasound to be periosteal inflammation of the skull. Can be related to ...Read more