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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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Neck pain, shoulder pain, scalp/top of head tingling/prickly feeling. Ear pain. CT and MRI on head normal. Neck cracks when I turn my head. Help!

Neck pain, shoulder pain, scalp/top of head tingling/prickly feeling. Ear pain. CT and MRI on head normal. Neck cracks when I turn my head. Help!

? Pinched nerve: In your neck area, may not show on imaging studies, rest your neck, non-steroidals as ibuprofen, unless contraindicated, and physical therapy guided by your treating doctor, may take few weeks to recover, the follow up and conservative therapy will work, if no improvement otherwise, you may need to see a spine surgeon or a neurosurgeon, good luck ...Read more

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I'm 27 male suffering scalp pain and serious hair loss feel like things inside my head help plz?

I'm 27 male suffering scalp pain and serious hair loss feel like things inside my head help plz?

Scalp biopsy: Your symptoms could be scalp psoriasis. But the only way to diagnose you, you need to have scalp biopsy. Please, make an appointment with your dermatologist and have them get a scalp biopsy. ...Read more

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Neck pain, clicking sounds when I turn my head, forehead/scalp pain. CT/MRI on head/brain normal. Help! ?

Neck pain, clicking sounds when I turn my head, forehead/scalp pain. CT/MRI on head/brain normal. Help! ?

Need good exam: Images from MRI/CT are usually static (meaning you lying there in one position)- you are describing a dynamic problem- clicking and pain with motion.
Most of the time, this is a ligament/soft tissue phenomenon that a good physical exam can assess; dynamic imaging like motion xrays, can also assess. MSK ultrasound may be helpful but often more difficult with the neck (very helpful with shoulders) ...Read more

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Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Scalp pain after having hair upswept?

Common.: Per Dr Jessica Wu -"it’s also a matter of your hair growing accustomed to being in one position. “The nerve endings get used to the hair being in that direction, ” she said. “Then when you take your hair down, the nerve endings get stimulated again, so your scalp feels more sensitive." REF: http://www. Huffingtonpost. Com/entry/hair-loss-ponytail_us_58adee2ae4b057efdce88d5e ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 I'm 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 I'm 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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I m having severe scalp pain whenever I touch my hair or move it. Its been twi days but no relief evrn afrer washing my hair or even oiling it..

Pain: It seems you have o form of dysesthesia ; consider an out break of shingles, if so get an antiviral such as acyclovir and a steroid. Good luck ...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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Scalp hurts too touch like someone is pulling my hair my right ear also hurts and just just had strep throats wondering about the scalp pain never had?

See a doctor: Sounds like you have pressure bulding in the right ear, possibly from the recent illness or an entirely new and separate illness. The scalp discomfort is likely, referred pain, due to the right ear issue (s). You need to have a doctor examine you. ...Read more

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I'm afraid that I have temporal arteritis becaise I have scalp pain with tender to touch and pne sode temple pain is it life threatening?

I'm afraid that I have temporal arteritis becaise I have scalp pain with tender to touch and pne sode temple pain is it life threatening?

Get seen: It would be uncommon at your age, but if you are concerned, get checked by your physician. You may have any of several other entities. Temporal arteritis is tricky because it can blind a patient, though thankfully this isn't common. ...Read more

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Doc said I have occipital neuralgia, but I have a lot of tingling in frontal area around eye/cheek/forehead on right, lot of scalp pain?

Doc said I have occipital neuralgia, but I have a lot of tingling in frontal area around eye/cheek/forehead on right, lot of scalp pain?

See below: You could conceivably have a facial neuralgia involving trigeminal nerve, but the described area is not governed by the Greater Occipital Nerve of Arnold, and ergo, you are not having occipital neuralgia, as anatomy is very wrong. Would a Concierge visit help? ...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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For 3 days, I have had a very painful scalp, sore throat started today. Some ear pain and some jaw pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) works on the scalp pain. Any ideas?

For 3 days, I have had a very painful scalp, sore throat started today. Some ear pain and some jaw pain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) works on the scalp pain. Any ideas?

Pain: Pain is your bodies way of texting you that there's something wrong. It may be infection. It may be muscle/joint dysfunction. It may be parafunctional habits. If problem getting worse, the severity of the problem is increasing. Call both your dentist and your physician for initial examinations. They may rx your problem (s) and/or refer you to specialists for further evaluation and testing. ...Read more

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Would nerves cuase tingling on the top of my head and scalp?

Possible: Physical cause of tingling would be irritation or pinching of the nerve that supplies the skin of scalp. Even anxiety and stress can sometimes do this. ...Read more

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Sores on head since 2009, bleed, painful, only on top of scalp have been to all speciali no answetssts?

Biopsy results?: There could be recurrent deep folliciuliyts which is chronic. Blood tests will be normal but the biopsy can be indicative of problem. Treatments to date need to be reviewed to plan new treatment to suppress problem. ...Read more

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My scalp hurts! Just at the top back of my head where my part ends, it comes and goes I don't ever put my hair up, what's this from?

Have you been out in: The sun? Often our hair covers our scalp - except where our hair is parted. Thus one can develop a sun burn in that area. Take care. ...Read more

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In the centre of the top of my head, it feels like my scalp is almost coming loose, like there is pressure there when I move my head?

More info needed: It is normal to feel a little movement of your scalp against your skull, just like your skin on the back of your hand moves around some when pushed with your finger. Is the contour of the top of the head normal? Is there any kind of bump under the skin? Have you had any injury to your head. Do you have any headaches or vision problems? ...Read more

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Recovering nicely from bell's palsey. Just noticed a slight tingling same side top of my head/scalp. Does that mean the nerves are regenerating?

Recovering nicely from bell's palsey. Just noticed a slight tingling same side top of my head/scalp. Does that mean the nerves are regenerating?

Paresthesias: May be indicative of nerve irritability associated with re-innervation and peripheral sprouting, but could instead merely be a transient event associated with new nerve fibre sensitivity. Either way, no cause for alarm, as most likely associated with resolution of your problem, . ...Read more

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I have a tingling/numbness in my scalp - just on the top of my head - for about 9 hours now. It's happened before several times. It's not painful.

I have a tingling/numbness in my scalp - just on the top of my head - for about 9 hours now. It's happened before several times. It's not painful.

Need some testing: You may either have a painless variant of ALLODYNIA which is typically associated with migraine types of headaches as an aura or premonitory marker and believed to be the propagator if not the consolidator for the long lengths of some episodes of migraine. Or there could be metabolic or other structural items causing symptoms for which labs or testing need to be done.

www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can a cyst on scalp cause headaches? The headaches are a constant low grade directly where the cyst on the right top of my head. It has been two week

Can a cyst on scalp cause headaches? The headaches are a constant low grade directly where the cyst on the right top of my head. It has been two week

No: This may b a coincidence. The dust is usually a sebaceous cyst & do not cause ha's. I would rec u b cn by ur pcp 4 a diagnosis. U r in the age group 4 an aneusym, best 2 find out if so now. May save u from a bleed which is not good. ...Read more

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M having thinning all over top of my head, specially near my crown area and yellowish brown greasy stuff sticked to my scalp and hair roots. Treament?

Dermatology eval: Dear wolf. From this description you need to be assessed by a dermatologist. This one requires one to one evaluation. Get seen soon so that you can treatment soon. Take care. ...Read more

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My scalp is sore on the very top of my head on the right for 3 days what can it be?

Lesion: Lots of things. Take a photo of it and add image to healthtap. In meantime, could be pimple, abrasion from brush, bite, infected cut, allergic reaction or immune skin disease. I've seen ticks in the scalp also. Could also be mole or sun damage skin lesion. Take that picture and send it in. ...Read more

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My 22 month old has a small purple spot on the top of her head on her scalp, what could this be?

My 22 month old has a small purple spot on the top of her head on her scalp, what could this be?

Picture please: It'd help so much better if a picture of it was sent for review. Also, historical data - how long it's been there, is it growing or changing? Anything make it worse? These things matter so you would need to either supply this info here or take your child to a local doc. ...Read more

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The top of my head (scalp) tends to stink when I have a headache. The smell was extremely worse when I was pregnant. What's the cause?

The top of my head (scalp) tends to stink when I have a headache. The smell was extremely worse when I was pregnant. What's the cause?

Not sure: Alice, c an your friends smell what you feel you are smelling? Some headaches do alter the smell sensation enhancing odors. ...Read more

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My hair dresser noticed that I have red blotches all over just the top and sides of my scalp and a few ares have small white heads. Any ideas?

My hair dresser noticed that I have red blotches all over just the top and sides of my scalp and a few ares have small white heads. Any ideas?

Age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

I have a hard lump on scalp. It started a few years ago and its larger now. Another is on top now and smaller ones in back of head. What can they be?

These may be: SEBACEOUS CYSTS ("WEN"S)
See your primary care Physician for DIAGNOSIS and a referral for removal. These can cbecome infected therefore removal is usually suggested

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...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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Whenever I eat candies such as Skittles and Starburst, or any other tart fruit candy, my scalp gets really warm and the top of my head gets damp.

Whenever I eat candies such as Skittles and Starburst, or any other tart fruit candy, my scalp gets really warm and the top of my head gets damp.

HMMMM, ...: That is peculiar, but maybe the sugar content of those candies is causing a surge/spike in your glucose levels and that may cause the tingling and sweatiness. See your Dr. And get an evaluation and some lab work. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When pressure is applied to my left temple area, the top, left portion of head/scalp from the temple to the back of my head feels like someone is pulling my hair. If I stop applying pressue to my temple it goes away with slight residual tingling I notic

Pressure on nerve: You are stimulating a nerve like the greater auricular. It's like hitting your funny bone (ulnar nerve) in the elbow. For whatever reason this nerve is more sensitive in you than other nerves. My educated guess is that you run the slight risk of developing a permanent pain syndrome if you keep it up. ...Read more

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One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?

One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?

See dermatologist: Your strawberry mark may be infected and swollen. Consult your primary doctor. Alopecia is different condition and its cause usually not known. Best is talk to dermatologist about your problem for alopecia if he has some suggestion to prevent spreading of alopecia. ...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