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What Causes Tender Spots On Scalp
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 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
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
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
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
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?
I have a very dry and flacky scalp which won't go. Sometimes. I get tender spots that hurt quite bad. It seems I'm going bald in the spot also. Help?
Poss. Fungalinfection: You need to see a Dermatologist. A prescription antifungal medication to scalp may help ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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
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
I am experiencing itchy pinkish bald spots on my scalp that are very sore and tender, red itchy pimple like bumps on my scalp. I continue to lose hair
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
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
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
I have a small tender spot on my head or scalp it only is tender if I brush my hair or touch that spot is it a scalp condition? Follicutus?
Could be: Lots of things on your scalp could be tender. If it does not go away, then it's time to have your doc look at it. ...Read more
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.
Scalp spot pain/tenderness when rubbing, body phantom water sensation, some pins. It's season change where I'm at. It happened before but came again?
Right side of scalp has a sore spot no rash, haven't hit it or anything. Causing dizziness hurts to touch or move the hair?
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
I hv a small tender spot on rt side of frontal part of scalp. No swelling or cyst. Just pain only on touch n pressure n brushing hair. What it cud b?
How long: How long have you had this? Could be caused by shingles. See your doctor to find out. ...Read more
3+wks sore spot on base of scalp by ear 4inchs long. Feels like bruise throbs& sometimes itches quarter size fluid filled spot. No redness. Dizzy now
Biopsy: You need a biopsy of the area. Your dermatologist could do this could for you. ...Read more
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
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