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I have had an itchy scalp for a month. More around the nape of head. No lice. I also have small red bumps that are tender to touch. What could or be?

I have had an itchy scalp for a month. More around the nape of head. No lice. I also have small red bumps that are tender to touch. What could or be?

Get checked out: Sounds like you may have folliculitis (an inflammation / infection of the hair follicles) or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Both conditions respond well to treatment. ...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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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?

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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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'm getting like red bumps appearing on my skin they are quite itchy and I don't know what they are.

I'm getting like red bumps appearing on my skin they are quite itchy and I don't know what they are.

Urticaria: bumps that are intensely itchy are usually an allergic reaction to something: you ate, inhaled or came in contact with. If you have itching or feel tightness in your throat or having trouble breathing, you need to go ER, otherwise, try some bendadryl (take it before bedtime and do NOT drive and operate machinery if you take this one) for tonight or claritin or zyrtec (all over the counter) ...Read more

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What are red bumps that are not itchy and can be associated with jacuzzis?

What are red bumps that are not itchy and can be associated with jacuzzis?

Infection: A poorly cleaned jacuzzi can be colonized by bacteria which can infect the hair follicles . This will resolve spontaneously in about one week. ...Read more

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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...Read more


Red Bumps (Definition)

Red bumps is a symptom in which a person has a rash of raised spots on the skin, and the spots are redder than the normal skin. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, infection, hormonal changes, ...Read more