A sore scalp can make you feel a high amount of pain and tension during your daily life. There are multiple conditions that can be a contributing factor to scalp pain. Scalp soreness can raise from bacterial infections, viral infections, oily scalp, or the hair products you use. While some conditions may be preventable with good hygiene you may need a doctor's prescription to receive medicated treatment for something that will not go away on its own. Your doctor needs to properly diagnose your condition to have a better understanding of what treatment is right for you so do not allow anything to fester. What may seem like something that can go away on its own may cause scars or worse hair loss.
Scalp pain is not the only symptom that can afflict you from a scalp condition. There are other symptoms such as itchiness, inflammation, redness, and excess dry skin. In order to identify what is ailing you would be good to know the scalp conditions that can be affecting you.
Ringworm – Ringworm of the scalp (tinea capitis) is a fungal infection that affects the scalp and your hair follicles. The fungus that causes ringworm is called dermatophytes. The chances of being infected by ringworm is very high if your scalp is wounded or cut, if you have poor scalp hygiene, or your scalp is always wet. The signs of ringworm on the scalp are red swollen areas areas that may have sores. Tinea capitis can cause permanent scarring and hair loss. Tinea capitis can be spread easily through physical contact with someone that is infected or by using an item of theirs such as a comb or towel. Ringworm is a condition that should not be self furnished, speak with your doctor or dermatologist right away to have it diagnosed and treated.
Hair Products – Over the course of time the hair products you use may have a detrimental affect on your scalp. A common shampoo ingredient that has a harmful effect on the scalp is SLS, sodium lauryl sulfate. SLS can irritate the skin and trip it of natural oils. Sodium lauryl sulfate has been studied to show that it can cause health risks as well. Other studies have shown that the consistent use of SLS can possibly cause cancer as well. It's best to avoid any harmful products and turn to brands that have a record of being safe to it's its consumers.
Folliculitis – Folliculitis is a bacterial infection that affects your hair follicles. The common type of bacteria that causes scallp folliculitis is called Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria. Folliculitis can also be caused by yeast and mites as well. Typical symptoms of folliculitis are itchiness, rashes, pimples, and soreness. A mild case of folliculitis can be treated with an shampoo that has antifungal properties such as Nizoral. If you have a sever case of folliculitis your doctor may prescribe oral antibiotics or a topical solution / gel.
Psoriasis – Psoriasis is a scalp condition in which the white scales begin to develop over red and inflated skin. If you suffer from psoriasis your scalp may also develop plaque covering your entitlement scalp reaching as far as the top of your forehead. Psoriasis can be confused with dandruff (seborrhea dermatitis) because of the excess dry skin but the symptoms are different. Psoriasis is dry with white or silvery scales and dandruff is oily with yellow flakes. To treat scalp psoriasis your doctor may prescribe a medicated shampoo to help break down the scales and clear up your scalp. In a more severe case of psoriasis your doctor may prescribe a topical treatment or oral medication. Another common treatment for psoriasis is UV light therapy which helps to slow the growth of any scales.
Oily Scalp – An oily scalp can lead to several conditions in which your scalp can feel sore and painful. Common scalp conditions that are caused by an oily scalp are seborrheic dermatitis, cradle cap as well as scalp acne. When your body overproduces its natural oils on your scalp it begins to also build up with a type of yeast called malassezia which causes dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis not only causes you to constantly worry about the appearance of skin flakes and a greasy scalp but itching and soreness as well. Excess oil can also be the ideal place for acne to develop if your are not taking care of your scalp. When your pores are blocked with oil and dead skin it leads to the appearance of whiteheads. In order to treat oily scalp its best to shampoo regularly and avoid products that may cause buildup.