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Why Is My Scalp Tender
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
Why is one part of my scalp tender to touch? Only a light touch hurts if, not a pressing one so I think it's only my scalp that's affected
Shingles?: If this is new (a day or two), and if the tender area is only on one side of your scalp (i.e. tenderness stops at the midline and doesn't extend to the other side), be on the alert for red bumps that would soon turn to blisters and sores. It could be shingles, i.e. a localized recurrence of the chickenpox virus (if you weren't vaccinated and had chickenpox as a child.) See MD if any doubt. ...Read more
Anxiety: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety insomnia, chest pain, palpitations, tender scalp and parasthesia. Rec.: see your pcp for evaluation. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: A dermatology doctor can evaluate the scalp to see if there is a problem in the scalp skin. The cause could also be a problem in the nerve(s) that go to the skin, leading to pain sensations when the area is touched. In certain blood vessel disorders, there is inflammation in some vessels, which can be in the scalp. ...Read more
Monitor for change: If you feel a well defined lump and it is increasing in size then you need a medical check up. Otherwise you can examine yourself once weekly and note any change or further growth. An increase in size will require further evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more
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