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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

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

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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Pain in head on right side radiating from tip of forehead to scalp. Tender to touch and head throbs. Pain gets severe when lying down. Please help!

Pain in head on right side radiating from tip of forehead to scalp. Tender to touch and head throbs. Pain gets severe when lying down. Please help!

Headache: Need more info about your age and the headaches. But generally possibilities are sinus headache, migraine. If you are younger in age and like to think of temporal arthritis if somewhat older. But increase water intake and see your PCP so a proper evaluation can be done. ...Read more

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What makes my scalp sore to the touch.?

What makes my scalp sore to the touch.?

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

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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?

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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A part of my scalp hurts whenever I touch it very slightly. Like a tenderness. What is it and is this something bad?

A part of my scalp hurts whenever I touch it very slightly. Like a tenderness. What is it and is this something bad?

Need more info: Hypersensitive scalp can be due to many things from infections to a pinched nerve in your neck, to wearing a hairdo that is too tight (think tight pony tail, for example). Without more information it's hard to say exactly what's causing your problem, but I doubt it's something serious, especially if it's been ongoing for a long time. ...Read more

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Hi, my scalp has a couple of sore patches that are quite sore when I tie my hair up and when I touch, why is this?

Hi, my scalp has a couple of sore patches that are quite sore when I tie my hair up and when I touch, why is this?

Scalp infection: You most probabely have scalp infection, you should consult your family physician or a dermatologist and have it checked. ...Read more

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I have a sore and painful spot on the top left part of my scalp. It occurs 2-3 times a year. It is painful when touched and I've also got dandruff?

I have a sore and painful spot on the top left part of my scalp. It occurs 2-3 times a year. It is painful when touched and I've also got dandruff?

Neuritis: Scalp nerve irritation can occur for many reasons: old shingles/chickenpox, use of hot air dryers, certain hair products, aggressive brushing or grooming. Please have your scalp checked by your physician. ...Read more

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I have four small bumps on my scalp all at different regions. Its sore when I touch them but they are not red. Just raised bumps. What are they?

I have four small bumps on my scalp all at different regions. Its sore when I touch them but they are not red. Just raised bumps. What are they?

See a DR: Most likely trichilemmomas. These may be multiple. Unless inflamed they do not cause much distress. They are removed by simple surgical proceedure. They are mostly related to genetic factors and are a type of benign cyst. ...Read more

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Scalp pain with tenderness to touch and swollen scalp too what is the cause? I'm very worried

Get it evaluated: You are much too young for temporal arteritis so there must be another cause. It is likely a local problem but see a doctor to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, It is only In one particular area. Could it be due to the way I wear my hair or anything else?

I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, It is only In one particular area. Could it be due to the way I wear my hair or anything else?

Scalp tenderness: Is it near the ear or temple? Any rash? If so, please see an M.D. sooner rather than later to rule out inflammation or early shingles of the scalp, face. Otherwise, it can be due to injury, pulling hair too tight etc. ...Read more

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I have this bump on my scalp under my skin for years Feels like it is getting bigger. Tender to touch. No headaches. Hurts when I hit it on accident.

I have this bump on my scalp under my skin for years Feels like it is getting bigger. Tender to touch. No headaches. Hurts when I hit it on accident.

Lipoma: You probably have a benign "lipoma" which is a benign (not dangerous) little fatty tumor. They usually don't grow and do not hurt though. The fact that you hit it may make it hurt and if the pain quickly goes away there is no need to worry, but it still should be checked out at some time and your doctor can feel it and in a few minutes confirm it is a benign non worrisome lipoma. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I have a sore scalp on whole top of head feals bruised and sore if I touch my hair what could this be?

Sunburn or allodynia: First, is your scalp sunburned? If so there is your answer and I would recommend wearing a hat. If there is no sunburn and you have pain when your pain is moved or when you touch your scalp that is known as allodynia. Allodynia can be a prodrome up to 24 hours before the onset of migraine and there are other causes as well. You could have occipital neuralgia. this should e discussed with your doc ...Read more

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I have lupus that is now active, I have knots all on my scalp, sore to touch, under a great deal of stress, What could it be?

I have lupus that is now active, I have knots all on my scalp, sore to touch, under a great deal of stress, What could it be?

Lumps and bumps: Knotty muscles can arise during stress. Rashes can also create red, itchy bumps. Start by taking medications as directed and work with your doctor to get your lupus under control. Active disease is an additional major stressor. Your knots may be some of both. ...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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What does it mean when my scalp is tender and painful to the touch or when I move my hair? I also feel achy like I have a virus or fever.

Virus is likely? Lyme: Hi XGrace
Yeah, interesting painful (Hyperesthesia) hair or skin generally can be a part of a viral syndrome. It can also be part of several unpleasant and treatable conditions. If you live in a high Lyme Disease area, you might want to check with your PCP. Good Luck. ...Read more

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My boyfriend touched his cold sore, didn't wash his hands, than touched my scalped to give me a head massage. Can I get a cold sore on my scalp?

My boyfriend touched his cold sore, didn't wash his hands, than touched my scalped to give me a head massage. Can I get a cold sore on my scalp?

Possible: But very unlikely. Odds are you are already carrying this virus. If you kiss him when he has no cold sore you might get it anyway. The virus is present on the skin intermittently when it looks perfectly clear, between attacks. Most people are infected with no symptoms and are therefore immune. A blood test can tell you. Valacyclovir pills are very effective for symptoms. ...Read more

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I am experiencing scalp tenderness to touch, scalp itching and rash on scalp.

Scalp tenderness.: See a doctor. Could be shingles, infection. Will have to be examined. ...Read more

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Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Tender&Painful to touch lump on lower left side of scalp, headaches, itching and night sweats?

Lump: Please start with a clinic visit to your primary doctor. If she/he can help - great. If not you will be referred to a specialist.
Please let me know how this works out. ...Read more

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My scalp has been sore to the touch for 3 days now. The surface area is a half circle from above ear around the back to the other. No abrasions?

My scalp has been sore to the touch for 3 days now. The surface area is a half circle from above ear around the back to the other. No abrasions?

Herpes zoster?: Assuming no trauma, this could be an early stage of herpes zoster (shingles) and you should look carefully for red bumps, blisters, etc. However, shingles usually doesn't cross the midline, so "around the back to the other [ear]" is atypical. Still, keep an eye out for the rash. Even if none appears, see your doctor if the pain is severe or continues another 2-3 days. ...Read more

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My Son is experiencing lump on top of his head under the scalp. It is skin color, pencil eraser in size, tender if touched harder than a pimple?

My Son is experiencing lump on top of his head under the scalp. It is skin color, pencil eraser in size, tender if touched harder than a pimple?

Not to worry: This lump is too small to worry unless it grows in size over the next several months. More than likely it is a benign knot due to either acne (pimple) or a lipoma which can get tender if you keep mashing it frequently. I would advise you to check it but not more than once monthly and note down the size. Unless it grows in size, there is nothing further to be done ...Read more

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All on my left side, the top of my scalp is very tender to touch and I'm getting sharp shooting pain in the top to middle of my ear. I'm also feeling?

Neuropathy?: We need more information. My first thought is a neuropathy, or a localized myofascial pain syndrome. You need to have your physician evaluate you for these possibilities. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, if one has a brain tumour, will the hair and scalp be sore to the touch? Thank you

Hi doctors, if one has a brain tumour, will the hair and scalp be sore to the touch? Thank you

If your worried: You have, brain tumor will not produce those symptoms unless has one and getting radiation. See your doctor if you are worried will examine you if needed get you brain scan. ...Read more

Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more