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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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C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge cause arm pain/tingling? Scalp tingling?

C5-C6 left paracentral broad-based disc bulge cause arm pain/tingling? Scalp tingling?

Dermatomes: A dermatome map will demonstrate that the C5/6 herniation can cause tingling, numbness, weakness in your biceps. Your scalp however contains dermatomes from C1,2 and the three branches of the Trigeminal Nerve VI-III. You need an MRI of the Head/neck. See Neurology please. Any difficulty breathing please call 911 and go to the ER. Cervical roots 3, 4, 5 feed your diaphragm, can't breathe if pinched ...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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Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? Tingling scalp? Help & thanks.

Would a C5-C6, mild left paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm/wrist pain? Tingling scalp? Help & thanks.

Possibly arm pain: A disc bulge at these levels can cause nerve irritation. C6 nerve pain can run down the arm on the thumb side and to the thumb. C7 nerve pain often involves the middle of the top of the forearm, wrist and the 2nd/3rd fingers. The scalp tingling is less likely to be from these disc issues. This could be occipital neuralgia. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Can C5-C6, mild left-paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm & wrist pain? Tingling scalp & forehead? Help!

Can C5-C6, mild left-paracentral broad-based disc bulge & C6-C7, mild broad-based disc bulge cause arm & wrist pain? Tingling scalp & forehead?  Help!

Yes to arm issues: You do describe abnormalities in the neck that could cause pain and numbness of the arm/hand. However, if you are having specific joint pain that that is most likely not caused by the neck problems. Your scalp and forehead symptoms are most not likely caused by the neck problems and you need to discuss this with a medical provider. You may require a CT or MRI of the head to be complete. Good luck ...Read more

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Scalp pain with tenderness to touch and swollen scalp too what is the cause?Im very worried

Get it evaluated: You are much too young for temporal arteritis so there must be another cause. It is likely a local problem but see a doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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How do you ease scalp pain and itch?

How do you ease scalp pain and itch?

Itchy scalp: The severity, frequency and duration of an itchy scalp depend on the underlying cause. Some causes of an itchy scalp, such as dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), can be relatively minor. However, an itchy scalp can also be due to more serious conditions, such as infection, inflammation, parasite infestation, autoimmune. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: scalp pain?

What is the definition or description of: scalp pain?

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

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Does scalp pain come from tmj?

Scalp/tmj connection: There are muscles under your scalp. These are attached to the temporalis muscles(forehead). So if you have muscle imbalance in the muscles that open and close your jaw, the scalp can be tightened as well. ...Read more

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My husband is having severe scalp pain. He has no hair and just the slightedt touch almost puts him in tears. What could be causing this to happen.

My husband is having severe scalp pain. He has no hair and just the slightedt touch almost puts him in tears. What could be causing this to happen.

Shingles, infection: If the pain is localized to one side of the scalp, it could be shingles. If it is generalized it could be a bacterial infection. You don't specify how long this has been going on, but any severe pain, particularly in the head and neck area, should be addressed promptly. See your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I have a scalp pain for 5yrs Im 21now its paiful that I cut my hair twice a year so Idont have to tie it up or something and I lost alot of it help!

I have a scalp pain for 5yrs Im 21now
its paiful that I cut my hair twice a year so Idont have to tie it up or something and I lost alot of it help!

Has this been: medically evaluated? If not, the source of pain should be assessed. Besides conventional evaluation and treatment consider adjunctive treatment with acupuncture. ...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


Scalp Tenderness To Touch (Definition)

Scalp tenderness to touch ...Read more