Causes of tiny bumps on scalp

Several men, women and children around the world suffer from various scalp problems, which could lead to afflictions like itchiness, hair fall, dandruff, dryness and oily hair, just to name a few. Since there is a strong correlation between scalp problems and hair loss, most people tend to consult an expert eventually, to control the hair fall problem.

There are several people who complain of getting itchy scalp bumps, out of the blue. These small itchy bumps on scalp appear in the form of a rash that has crusty sores. These are more common in adults than they are in children. Not only are these small bumps on the scalp very irritating, unsightly and annoying, but they can be quite painful too. Moreover, at times, the itchy bumps are not just restricted to the scalp, but can be seen on a few other parts of the body too, at times even the face. Hence, in order to get relief from these itchy bumps on scalp and body, most people consult health experts for treatment options that can be adopted. However, in order to treat the affliction, it is important to know what the itchy and painful bumps on scalp causes are.

Causes: There could be several factors that lead to itchy and painful bumps on scalp and the face and some of them may be more serious than the others. Given below are some of the most common causes of itchy scalp bumps and hair loss:

  • Acne, affecting the scalp and hair follicles
  • Dermatitis, which is a skin disorder, caused by an inflammation
  • Folliculitis
  • Hives, caused by an allergic reaction
  • Infections such as ringworm, psoriasis or even chicken pox
  • Presence of parasites like head lice
  • Sebaceous cysts or epidermal cysts
  • Skin cancer

Treatment: Most people find it very embarrassing to suffer from an itchy scalp and therefore, it is common for them to consult hair or skin specialists for tips on treating the problem. Given below are some of the most common recommendations made by the experts:

  • Follow a diet that is very high in vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients, so that it boosts the immune system. A healthy immune system is very important in treating itchy bumps on the scalp
  • Drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins from the body, which cause itchy scalp bumps
  • Keep the scalp moisturized with a leave-in antibacterial conditioner.
  • Use either Tea tree oil, Jojoba oil, Lavender oil or Rosemary oil, to deal with a rash on the head or itchy scalp bumps with no dandruff.

Dry Scalp

Another common problem in many people is dry scalp, which could lead to severe itching and dandruff. Most people seek dry scalp treatment, primarily because this problem can be a very embarrassing one. While there are several shampoos, conditioners and other hair products that claim to reduce scalp dryness, most people prefer to use dry scalp treatment at home. Given below are a few remedies for treating a dry scalp:

Olive Oil: Warm olive oil can work wonders when it comes to hydrating the scalp. However, it is important to apply the oil correctly and leave it on overnight. Using a piece of cotton or the fingertips, the warm oil should be applied directly on to the roots; thereafter the scalp should be massaged for 15 to 20 minutes, to stimulate the production of natural oil in the scalp. Once that is done, the hair should be covered with a shower cap for at least an hour or so, before it is washed off with a milk shampoo and conditioner.

Tea Tree Oil
: This remedy not only moisturizes the scalp, but also gets rid of infection causing germs. However, it is best to apply some oil on to damp and moist hair and leave it on overnight, before rinsing it off in the morning. These remedies may not be ideal for kids and therefore, parents are advised to consult a specialist for dry scalp treatment for children.

answered by G R

There could be several causes for the appearance of tiny to medium sized bumps on your scalp. The most common of these reasons is dermatitis. A lot of people develop eczema on their scalp. Since the scalp is covered with hair, it is not always possible to see what is happening on your scalp. Usually when the scalp begins to itch, you will first notice the appearance of the bumps. The red itchy bumps on scalp may also be a result of allergies.

If the skin is itchy and the tiny bumps begin to ooze a fluid, it could be dermatitis. This is often an infectious condition, and the oozing and weeping bumps could begin to crust. It is important to get yourself examined so that your scalp does not get infected. On both adults and newborns, scalp pimples could begin to form. This happens when the sebaceous glands on the scalp get clogged and are not able to secrete oil in the right manner. The hair follicles may get infected, and this could be one of the leading causes for hair loss. Most often, scalp pimples may disappear as suddenly as they appeared. A doctor would be the best person to determine what causes bumps on scalp. If it is due to an infection in the hair follicles, you would see white bumps on the scalp.

answered by G R

If you have a child, lumps and bumps on the scalp may be very common. Children often bump around their heads around while playing with each other. This could cause a hard bump on scalp on their heads. However, if the bumps and lumps occur on a child’s head or an adult’s head without any physical injury to the head, it could be a serious medical condition.

Often, there may be bumps on your head, and you never really realize until they begin to itch or hurt. If they are not hurting, they could be a deep pimple caused due to clogged sebaceous glands. However, if there is a large lump, which is soft and painful, it could be due to a tumor in the head. This diagnosis can be made only by a clinician. Usually, you would need to have some physical examination along with imaging to have the diagnosis ascertained.

Allergies are another cause of itchy scalp, and these may cause hives and hard bumps on head. These hives appear as large or medium sized bumps that can be easily felt. These may be itchy and may begin to cause discomfort over a period of time. When the allergy is treated, you will get rid of the bumps on your scalp. Dermatitis and eczema are other causes of bumps and lumps on the scalp.

answered by A S

If you have lumps on your head, it can be a really terrifying prospect. In fact, you may even have nightmares about having a tumor in your head. They are often painful and itchy, and may cause you great discomfort. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can treat these painful bumps on scalp with home remedies.

One of the best itchy scalp home remedies is yogurt. Yogurt has inherent cooling capabilities, and when you smear it on your scalp, it nourishes the skin while soothing it. You can also use a medicated shampoo if the bumps on your scalp are caused due to dermatitis or eczema.

Since there are many itching scalp causes, it will be better if you get yourself a diagnosis first. Shampoos that contain chemicals such as ketoconazole, salicylic acid, ciclopirox, selenium sulfide and zinc pyrithione can help keep your scalp clean, get rid of dandruff, and also soothe the scalp. Use these medicated shampoos every day.

Eczema or dermatitis can also be treated with the help of apple cider vinegar. After you shampoo with a medicated shampoo, just rinse your scalp with the help of a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. You can also alternatively rinse your scalp with water and a few drops of tea tree essential oil.

answered by G M

If you have itchy and painful bumps on your head, it is normal to worry about that. Often the bumps on scalp and hair loss come together. There are several causes that may lead to itchy scalp bumps. Here are some of the causes of these bumps:

  • Ringworm: This is a fungal infection that causes a ring like lesion on the skin. The perimeter of this ring like lesion is usually formed in the form of raised bumps. There may be flaky patches all over the scalp, especially in the area where you have the ringworm lesion.
  • Dryness and Dandruff: While both dandruff and dryness do not cause the formation of bumps on the scalp, they do cause a lot of itching on the scalp. If the flakes begin to accumulate in a specific place on the scalp, it could lead to bump like formations.
  • Folliculitis: This is an infectious condition in which the hair follicles become infected due to the clogging of the sebaceous glands. These sebaceous glands may become clogged due to the sebum and dead cells.
  • Seborrhic Dermatitis: This is another infectious condition that is caused due to yeast on the scalp. This yeast infection may be caused due to fluctuation in the hormonal levels. This condition that causes an itchy red scalp with hair loss and can be treated with medications.

answered by M W

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