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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Scalp Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced scalp redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Non - Specific Scalp Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp redness
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific scalp rash:
    scalp redness
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Scalp

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    1-2 days

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp itchiness, scalp redness, scabbed area of the scalp
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the scalp:
    scalp redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain
    Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis:
    facial redness, area of skin redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  5. 5.Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Seborrheic dermatitis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes flaky, white to yellowish scales to form on oily areas such as the scalp, face or inside the ear. It can occur with or without reddened skin. The exact cause of this condition is not known, although doctors think that some common skin yeast organisms, called Malassezia, may play a role in some people.

    Weeks to months with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, rash with well-defined border, scalp skin changes, cheek skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with seborrheic dermatitis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scalp Redness

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Do you have skin changes anywhere that skin touches or rubs other skin (such as the back of the knee, inside of the elbow or wrist, or the armpit)?

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Scalp Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scalp redness have also experienced:

    • 22% Scalp Itchiness
    • 11% Scalp Pain
    • 10% Hair Loss
  • People who have experienced scalp redness had symptoms persist for:

    • 54% Over a Month
    • 17% Less Than a Day
    • 14% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced scalp redness were most often matched with:

    • 80% Cellulitis
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Scalp
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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