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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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2nd dose of chemo thursday.I have red bumps on my scalp hair falling out and hair cut short.The bumps itch & painful.What can I put on scalp?

2nd dose of chemo thursday.I have red bumps on my scalp hair falling out and hair cut short.The bumps itch & painful.What can I put on scalp?

You need to contact : Your oncologist should be informed about what you have noted and you should go and show it to the person who gave you chemotherapy. I doubt if this is anything serious but communication with your own oncologist is more important than asking for help from others. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps on my scalp. Theyre itchy and when I scratch my scalp burns. What are they? What can I do to get rid of them?

I have small red bumps on my scalp. Theyre itchy and when I scratch my scalp burns. What are they? What can I do to get rid of them?

Many possibilities.: There is a condition called acne necrotica that causes itchy scalp bumps, but it could be simple seborrhea that you have scratched too much, or several other things. Let a dermatologist have a look and give you a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Its been 4 months i have itchy , red bumps on my scalp which bleed when i scratch them ...was having doxycycline for 1.5months well, and now its back?

Its been 4 months i have itchy , red bumps on my scalp which bleed when i scratch them ...was having doxycycline for  1.5months well, and now its back?

See dermatologist: You have an inflammatory condition on your scalp , best to consult a dermatologist. In the meanwhile, make sure you are not allergic to shampoo, conditioner, or other hair products. ...Read more

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I have small red painful bumps on my scalp along with dry scalp. Would it be bad if I picked it open? How do I home treat?

I have small red painful bumps on my scalp along with dry scalp.  Would it be bad if I picked it open? How do I home treat?

Foolish?: I am not sure what your red bumps are but if you pick these they could be come infected and could develop a cellulitis. I would see your doc and have him /her review what is ongoing. If the doc can treat it fine otherwise see a derm doc and have them tell you what it is and how treated appropriately. foolish if you home treat ...Read more

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I have a tender red bump on my scalp with a small yellow scab-like thing in middle. Is this normal? Not recall hitting head. Clear skin check in Jan

I have a tender red bump on my scalp with a small yellow scab-like thing in middle. Is this normal? Not recall hitting head. Clear skin check in Jan

Infected cyst?: Infected cyst or hair follicle iikely. If large see a doc. If very small try a spot of bacitracin after cleaning it with mild soap and water. Hot compresses for 30 minutes can help. If it is larger than a pea in size, get seen. Don't pop it, you can cause the infection to spread. If it hurts more, or you have fever, or it rapidly increases in size, go to ER. ...Read more

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I keep getting these red bumps on my scalp. They start out super sensitive and then scab & itch. My derm gave me clindamycin phosphate. Not working.

Go back.: Clindamycin was a good first try, but in your case it didn't work. Your dermatologist will now have to run some cultures to determine the exact nature of the scalp infection, in order to prescribe a different antibiotic that will, hopefully, work on the second try. ...Read more

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What are little red bumps that are on the scalp ?

Folliculitis. : Could be an inflammation of the hair follicles upon the scalp. Are your hairs emanating from the bumps? Although this is a low-level infection, just letting warm-to-hot water run upon your scalp daily may be enough to help this along. ...Read more

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Small red bumps on scalp of head?

Small red bumps on scalp of head?

? folliculitis: It sounds like folliculitis, a bacterial infection of the scalp similar to acne. If you look close you may see a pustule when they first break out. They are often itchy/tender and scratched at producing a small scab. They tend to come and go. There is no permanent cure, but i often treat flares with antibiotics. I would go see a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the little red bumps on the babies scalp, they look like there filled with blood?

What are the little red bumps on the babies scalp, they look like there filled with blood?

Hemangiomas?: It is difficult to tell what your baby has without further detail/exam, but my suspicion is that he/she has some hemangiomas (collection of blood vessels). They often can enlarge/more numerous during the first year or so and slowly subside, often completely gone by 5 yrs of age. If baby has been seen regularly by doc, i would assume that it is hemangioma and no need 2 worry. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have dandruff on my scalp and small red bumps. Head and shoulder hasn't cleared this problem up. What is the cause of my scalp issue?

I have dandruff on my scalp and small red bumps. Head and shoulder hasn't cleared this problem up. What is the cause of my scalp issue?

Seborrhea?: This may well be a case of seborrheic dermatitis. The head and shouders may not help. You might want to try some selsun to see if that will help. If not call your doc for appt and advice. ...Read more

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Tonight my scalp suddenly became oily, itchy, burning, flakes, and red bumps. It happened very fast but nothing was near my hair today. Any ideas?

Look at history: You may have symptoms of burning itching, flakes, oily, red bumps today, but it may have been as a result of something that you've been using on your scalp recently. So a good history of the products you have used on your scalp for conditioning, shampoo, coloring, oil treatments can cause a dermatitis to show up. Best to have your doctor examine it, and recommend treatment. ...Read more

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My scalp randomly started burning. Red bumps appeared in the area. It's extremely tender. Now I have a headache, w/numbness in the area of the bumps.

My scalp randomly started burning. Red bumps appeared in the area. It's extremely tender. Now I have a headache, w/numbness in the area of the bumps.

Sounds like: you may have SHINGLES!!! You need a diagnosis ASAP since there is effective antiviral treatment when you TREAT EARLY! Call your Primary Care Provider and arrange to be seen as early as practicable!! Good luck! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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My 5 month old daughter keeps scratching her scalp a lot. She has red bumps all over her scalp and her hair is dry and tangled. What should I do?

My 5 month old daughter keeps scratching her scalp a lot. She has red bumps all over her scalp and her hair is dry and tangled. What should I do?

Tough to diagnose: This is hard to diagnose without actually seeing it in person. My best guess, though, is that she has seborrheic dermatitis. If I am right, this can respond nicely to dandruff shampoos, particularly one with selenium sulfide. Another possibility is contact dermatitis where she is sensitive to something you are putting on her scalp. Other possibilities also exist. ...Read more

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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Red Bumps (Definition)

A bump is an area of tissue or skin that is raised . Red bumps are elevations ...Read more