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Scalp

Seborrheic dermatitis looks like yellow, greasy scales on irritated skin. It’s what causes dandruff. It’s easy to treat with over the counter or prescription creams and shampoos.
Are you experiencing something crawling on your head or a tingling sensation in the scalp? The medical term for this condition is called formication and it is quite common. Formication is also a type of paresthesia which is defined as tingling dermal sensations. Causes of crawling sensations on the scalp include delusional infestations, hallucination, substance abuse, a parasitic infestation, side effects from medication, or issues with the neurologic system. Read below for more information on why you may feel like bug are crawling on your head.
Finding a hard scalp bump may be concerning, but in most cases, it’s not serious. Some causes could be a skin condition, injury, infection, or abnormal cell growth.
Painful scalp bumps are usually non-serious and easily treatable. The common culprit of painful bumps on the scalp is inflammation from eczema or acne which can cause pimples on the scalp. Infected hair follicles or allergens from shampoos or hair products can also cause painful and itchy bumps on the scalp. Read more below for causes and treatment options.
A sore scalp can be caused by infected hair follicles, scalp pimples, or tension from certain hairstyles that may pull the hair too tight. Other causes for scalp tenderness include trauma from a head injury, or underlying skin condition like eczema or cellulitis. Read on for more information on causes and treatment options.
Head lice, caused by the parasite, Pediculus humanus capitis, is a condition that causes intense itching of the scalp and predominantly presents in children. Head lice are easily treated with oral or topical medication.