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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.

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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I have small red bumps on my scalp. They're 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. They're 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.

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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.

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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.

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I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

I have a scalp infection of some kind. Itchy, red bumps, bald patches, sometimes bleed, puss. Staph? Folliculitus? Ringworm? What is it?!

Multiple answers: You really need to see a doctor to find out what is going on and get proper treatment, I would suggest seeing a dermatologist.

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Non itchy painless red bumps. What could these be?

Non itchy painless red bumps. What could these be?

Rash: The accurate diagnosis of a rash requires a physical exam. It is recommended that your see a primary care provider for a physical examination.

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I have small itchy red bumps?

I have small itchy red bumps?

Red bumps: Can be from different causes such as dry skin, skin infection, etc. For a proper diagnosis, you need to see a doctor to look at them and help you with the diagnosis and treatment.

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I have itchy red bumps on cheeks, remedy?

I have itchy red bumps on cheeks, remedy?

Have it evaluated: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

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Itchy red bumps on inner thighs, what is this from?

Hard to say maybe: From the fabric of your clothes, soap or detergent, . .. Occasionally it can be from a mild inflammation of the hair follicles in that area... Try using a mild soap like dove (white). Detergent like all free clear. Trying yourself well after you bathe. .. And maybe some over-the-counter cortisone cream. If these things don't help let your doctor take a look. Good luck.

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Non itchy red bumps under buttocks?

Non itchy red bumps under buttocks?

Biopsy: See a dermatologist for a possible biopsy. This does need to be evaluated.

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What can cause itchy red bumps on my neck?

What can cause itchy red bumps on my neck?

Bumps: 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.

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What is this? I have itchy, red bumps rash with pus.

What is this? I have itchy, red bumps rash with pus.

Not sure: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation.

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What's the cause of mildly itchy red bumps on an arm?

What's the cause of mildly itchy red bumps on an arm?

Dermatitis: You may have contact dermatitis or fungal dermatitis. It is best to see doctor so you can get some cream for it.

Dr. Candace Spann
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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


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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