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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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Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

Can tension headache cause sore spots on scalp?

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

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Dr. Barry Resnik
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What is a disease that causes sore spots on your scalp like bruises?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Help! could stress cause tender spot on scalp ?

Help! could stress cause tender spot on scalp ?

I don't know about: Having one specific tender spot. However, I have seen some people who have such severe tension headaches that their scalp muscles are sore to the touch. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Turner
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My scalp is tender to the touch in some spots on the left side of my head. Why could this be?

My scalp is tender to the touch in some spots on the left side of my head. Why could this be?

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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Why are there little red sore spots on my scalp?

Dermatological eval: Should reveal the accurate answer.

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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My scalp tends to have sore spots for no reason when applying pressure...It that normal?

My scalp tends to have sore spots for no reason when applying pressure...It that normal?

No: There is an infection or inflammation which can lead to permeant hair loss and s arrington. See dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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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?

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

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