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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Tender Painful Spots On My Scalp

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What is a disease that causes sore spots on your scalp like bruises?

What is a disease that causes sore spots on your scalp like bruises?

Scalp soreness: There is no disease that causes what you describe. If it is bothering you, then you need some medical diagnosis. Keep in mind that some things elude diagnosis or don't fit a particular pattern. ...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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Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Not really: It depends on what you are describing as a tension headache, and the characteristics of the pain and location. If the pain is over the area of the "sore spots", you may have a herpetic outbreak in your head that is causing pain. I.E. Shingles. If pain is generalized, it's probably coincidental. ...Read more

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Does occipital neuralgia cause tingling over one half of scalp and sore spots on scalp? Hurts to move hair. Also tingly numb feeling forehead n cheek

Does occipital neuralgia cause tingling over one half of scalp and sore spots on scalp? Hurts to move hair. Also tingly numb feeling forehead n cheek

Cutaneous allodynia: Cutaneous allodynia is the scalp tenderness and pain with hair movement that can happen when a migraine has gone on for a while until there is "central sensitization." The numbness in forehead and cheek doesn't sound like occipital neuralgia. Hemicrania continua is also a possibility, but less likely. I'm available for consult if you'd like to discuss further. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Help! Could stress cause tender spot on scalp?

Help! Could stress cause tender spot on scalp?

I don't know about: Having one specific tender spot. However, I have seen some people who have such severe tension headaches that their scalp muscles are sore to the touch. ...Read more

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I have a sore and painful spot on the top left part of my scalp. It occurs 2-3 times a year. It is painful when touched and I've also got dandruff?

I have a sore and painful spot on the top left part of my scalp. It occurs 2-3 times a year. It is painful when touched and I've also got dandruff?

Neuritis: Scalp nerve irritation can occur for many reasons: old shingles/chickenpox, use of hot air dryers, certain hair products, aggressive brushing or grooming. Please have your scalp checked by your physician. ...Read more

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Skin on scalp is tender, sensitive and bit painful if touched. Hurts once in a while, in same spot. Didn't hit myself but feels like it, like a bruise?

Skin on scalp is tender, sensitive and bit painful if touched. Hurts once in a while, in same spot. Didn't hit myself but feels like it, like a bruise?

See an osteopath: It may be difficult to determine why this is happening unless it is physically examined by an osteopathic physician. They may find that there are certain structures on the skull that may be more tender than others that may be on a suture line, or edge of a bony prominence on the skull. You receive more information, once this examination is done. ...Read more

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I have red spots on my scalp. It isn't itchy or flaky but it is slightly sore. I've never had a problem like this before. What do you think it is?

Clogged pores: This is possible folliculitis. An acne type eruption. Try to avoid hair spray and serums on the scalp. Also using a sal acid shampoo might help. If the condition does not resolve see a doctor for prescription medication. ...Read more

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I sometimes get sore spots on my scalp. When I look nothing seems to be there. It hurts to touch or brush hair. Should I worry about this?

I sometimes get sore spots on my scalp. When I look nothing seems to be there. It hurts to touch or brush hair. Should I worry about this?

May be fungal: Perhaps worrying about these bumps on your head which could be a form of fungal infection enough so that you either see your doctor or a dermatologist would be a good thing. Otherwise, Worrying about it more than that is not in your best interest since you are likely to be around at least another 70 years to pay Uncle Sam his share of your wealth- with or without these bumps. ...Read more

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My scalp is tender to the touch in some spots on the left side of my head. Why could this be?

IT DEPENDS: Scalp that hurts could be due to an inflammatory process of the scalp due to diet, stress, hormonal imbalance, bacterial or fungal infection. Do you have redness of the scalp? Pimples? Oily scalp? Flaking? Crusting? Bleeding? There is something called temporal arteritis which is a diagnosis that we would not want to miss. Please see your physician for a physical exam and history. ...Read more

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My scalp tends to have sore spots for no reason when applying pressure...It that normal?

My scalp tends to have sore spots for no reason when applying pressure...It that normal?

No: There is an infection or inflammation which can lead to permeant hair loss and s arrington. See dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hard pus liquid filled sore spots on my face and scalp all the time always re fill how do I stop them and squeeze them too get it all out?

Hard pus liquid filled sore spots on my face and scalp all the time always re fill how do I stop them and squeeze them too get it all out?

Skin specialist: Need to be consulted as your acne is acting up. You may also be having staph infection and you may require some antibiotics. This should go away once appropriately addressed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Felt a stabbing/poking sensation on a spot on my head. Spot of my scalp felt tender compared to another spots of my scalp. White head pimples& red spots?

Felt a stabbing/poking sensation on a spot on my head. Spot of my scalp felt tender compared to another spots of my scalp. White head pimples& red spots?

Non clinical pain: Likely a non clinical experience of the odd pains and aches we all experience without them becoming an actual illness. If it continues or other symptoms appear or it spreads, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Help! Swollen red rash on face and scalp so saturday night I felt a mild stinging just above my right eyebrow. No blemishes, red or anything at all visible on skin. Sunday a little red and in more spots on scalp. Monday full blown red swollen sore above e

Help! Swollen red rash on face and scalp so saturday night I felt a mild stinging just above my right eyebrow. No blemishes, red or anything at all visible on skin. Sunday a little red and in more spots on scalp. Monday full blown red swollen sore above e

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Pulsing headache+dizziness lasting hours triggered by nodding head or moving hair. Pain builds up with motion. Intermittent varying tender scalp spots?

Pulsing headache+dizziness lasting hours triggered by nodding head or moving hair. Pain builds up with motion. Intermittent varying tender scalp spots?

Chronic or acute?: If these symptoms are chronic and paroxysmal, recurring with your noted triggers above, then most likely you have exertional headaches. These headaches are commonly benign but do require investigation by an MRI of Brain for completion. If acute and abrupt in onset, then you should proceed to the Emergency Department of your local hospital. ...Read more

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Severe nausea, sore spots on scalp, pain in temples/below jaw, dizziness, fever, slight cough, general feeling of being sick. Meds don't work 100%?

Severe nausea, sore spots on scalp, pain in temples/below jaw, dizziness, fever, slight cough, general feeling of being sick. Meds don't work 100%?

Acute infection: See a doctor to receive treatment since the meds you're taking aren't adequate. Best option will be a PCP if you have one. ...Read more

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I keep getting shooting electronic pains through the top middle of my head. It last five seconds and Now at that spot my scalp is tender what us this.

Unusual: This is an unusual headache feature and may have more to do with scalp irritation (especially considering the spot). Could be infection such as fungal, although the electric pain does not sound typical. Could be related to hairstyle (eg wearing a tight bun with hair parted in center)? Consider virtual consult to discuss more about pain nature and your medical history for personalized plan. ...Read more

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I have a tender spot on my scalp and im also experiencing nasal drinage along with sneezing. Why is that?

Sinus inflammation: If the tende spot it on the back of your head, this is likely an inflamed lymph node. This can be inflamed when people either have scalp infection or a sinus infection/inflammation. ...Read more

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Recently I've had a constant sore spot on the top of my scalp toward the end of my hairline. Wake ea day with severe headache. History of migraines.

Recently I've had a constant sore spot on the top of my scalp toward the end of my hairline. Wake ea day with severe headache. History of migraines.

Get checked: Persistent sores need to be addressed. Could be an infection, shingles, or skin cancer. Lets get this checked out in person. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Healthy 19 yo. Sore spot on scalp and burning sensation. No other symptoms? Stroke or aneurysm?

Healthy 19 yo. Sore spot on scalp and burning sensation. No other symptoms? Stroke or aneurysm?

No: It doesn't sound like stroke or aneurysm, especially if there are no other symptoms, such as weakness, numbness, speech difficulty. ...Read more

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My scalp is sore only in one spot, it has a yellow fluid oozing out and some red. My neck has a itchy burning rash on the same side?

My scalp is sore only in one spot, it has a yellow fluid oozing out and some red. My neck has a itchy burning rash on the same side?

Shingles?: Please see a doctor. It sounds like you may have shingles, and medicines can reduce symptom duration and prevent complications. You may have a bacterial infection called impetigo. This would require a special prescription ointment. Only a medical provider can tell you for sure. ...Read more

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I cannot pinpoint the exact spot, but general tenderness of scalp above right ear. Not an impact or bruise, no fever. Cat sleeps in same room.?

I cannot pinpoint the exact spot, but general tenderness of scalp above right ear. Not an impact or bruise, no fever. Cat sleeps in same room.?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thoroughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Spot in back of head behind right ear sore when touched. Then slight tingle on cheek & scalp. Had ache earlier above eyebrow. Any ideas?

Spot in back of head behind right ear sore when touched. Then slight tingle on cheek & scalp. Had ache earlier above eyebrow. Any ideas?

Not certain: It's not clear. This could be sinus infection, or neurological, or it could be muscular, and discuss this with your physician to help clarify these symptoms ...Read more

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Just noticed a sm bump on scalp with a bald patch. Area is tender. Spot is purplish & doc thinks its a mole. Derm appt in 3+ wks. I've had headache for 2+ days. I also hit head hard there 4 months ago.

Just noticed a sm bump on scalp with a bald patch. Area is tender. Spot is purplish & doc thinks its a mole. Derm appt in 3+ wks. I've had headache for 2+ days. I also hit head hard there 4 months ago.

Headaches: As physicians we try to put all the symptoms and aspects of he history to come together to diagnose a one single condition. However, it is possible that in your case, you are dealing with three different unrelated problems. I am glad you have the appointment scheduled to check the scalp. That is a start. ...Read more

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Headache, eye pain, sore spot feels warm on rs top of scalp, swollen lymph node behind ear. Normal cbc, neg mono. Amoxi 1000mg bid x 4d - no change?

Headache, eye pain, sore spot feels warm on rs top of scalp, swollen lymph node behind ear. Normal cbc, neg mono. Amoxi 1000mg bid x 4d - no change?

Could be viral: It is possible herpes infection if not respond to penicillin, but you still need to see a doctor to get check up. It is also another possibility that this infection does not respond to penicillin. ...Read more

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Does constipation cause small, tender, very painful spots above and to right of navel?

Does constipation cause small, tender, very painful spots above and to right of navel?

Probably not: Chronic constipation usually does not cause specific painful spots. You get more of a crampy/achy feeling. Point tenderness is usually something else. Unclear if the tender spots are on skin surface or deep in abdomen. If on skin, could be infection. Deeper down sounds more like swollen lymph nodes, amongst other things that can occur in your belly. ...Read more

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I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band. I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell. They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy. Not sure what may have caused them. I'm having a hard time finding infor

I have a painful rash mostly on my buttocks & on my back under my bra band. I do have a few spots on my arms & legs aswell. They look like bug bites but are more sore than itchy. Not sure what may have caused them. I'm having a hard time finding infor

Needs to be checked: It needs to be evaluated as the spots are persisting. Have you used any cream or ointment. See your doctor or a dermatologist
it could be a bug bites, skin infection like impetigo, sometimes the bug bites get infected as well. ...Read more

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Woke up having a visual aura. I had a cyst removed from my scalp yesterday with stitches. Scalp very tender and painful. Could that have caused aura?

Woke up having a visual aura. I had a cyst removed from my scalp yesterday with stitches. Scalp very tender and painful. Could that have caused aura?

Aura=a mental&brain: Behavior/symptom, not a physical body alteration which any current technology or physician can measure or track in currently available ways. Thus all about educated guesses based on limited understanding of embodied Soul↔Mind↔Brain↔Body creatures sending >million orders/sec brain to body with similar feedback. Thus most symptoms&events=educated guesses. Individual history, diagnostic skills = key. ...Read more

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Off and on, I always get a sore/painful feeling on a certain spot in my breast. I don't feel any lumps, but could it be cancer starting? Other causes?

Off and on, I always get a sore/painful feeling on a certain spot in my breast. I don't feel any lumps, but could it be cancer starting? Other causes?

Not at 21: The most common cause are the fibrocystic changes that can be very tender, especially before your cycle. Decrease caffeine intake and use Vitamin E and they may get better ...Read more

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My scalp is really hurting, no red spots or visible dryness, what could be the cause? I'm not wearing it in a right ponytail either

Dryness: Is often NOT VISIBLE Try using a moisturizer and if you are shampooing more than twice a week STOP IT!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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My entire body feels very sore/bruised to the touch. Some spots are worse than others, but either way, it's extremely painful. It came out of nowhere?

My entire body feels very sore/bruised to the touch. Some spots are worse than others, but either way, it's extremely painful. It came out of nowhere?

Fibromyalgia or RSD: It may be fibromyalgia, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). Another name for RSD is Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). I think RSD is a severe form of fibromyalgia. In any case, everyone I've ever known with any of these diagnoses has been hypothyroid. Magnesium malate may also help. Gabapentin or Lyrica (pregabalin) may be needed. See comment. ...Read more