Read below about severe scalp pain, including causes and common questions. Or get a personalized analysis of your severe scalp pain from our A.I. health assistant. At Buoy, we build tools that help you know what’s wrong right now and how to get the right care.

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having severe scalp pain

Take a quiz

5 Potential Severe Scalp Pain Causes

  1. 1.Pimple

    Acne, also known as pimples, occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil & dead skin cells. Acne is extremely common and ranges from mild to severe.

    The severity of the acne dictates treatment-type and duration. With proper treatment, acne should resolve in weeks to months. In some cases, acne is a long-term condition.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pink or red scalp bump, painful scalp bump, small scalp lump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with pimple:
    pink or red scalp bump
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

    Severe Scalp Pain Checker

    Take a quiz to find out why you’re having severe scalp pain.

    Take a quiz
  3. 3.Giant Cell Arteriis

    Giant cell arteritis is a disorder that causes inflammation of arteries of the scalp, neck, and arms. It narrows the arteries, which keeps blood from flowing well.

    Chronic but curable with variable duration

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, joint pain, new headache, fever, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    Good prognosis with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump, pink or red scalp bump, severely painful scalp lump, yellow or white scalp bump
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Severe Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections"). If the infection begins to spread, urgent treatment is required.

    92-96% resolve with treatment within 7-10 days

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, fever, pink or red scalp bump, painful scalp bump, marble sized scalp lump
    Symptoms that always occur with severe skin abscess:
    pink or red scalp bump, red bump
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Severe Scalp Pain

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Did you get hit in the head?
  • Q.Are you experiencing a headache?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, try our severe scalp pain symptom checker to find out more.

Take a quiz

Severe Scalp Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced severe scalp pain have also experienced:

    • 8% Headache
    • 6% Scalp Pain
    • 5% Hair Loss
  • People who have experienced severe scalp pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 39% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 18% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced severe scalp pain were most often matched with:

    • 27% Giant Cell Arteriis
    • 1% Pimple
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

A.I. Health Assistant

Take a quiz to find out why you’re having severe scalp pain

Take a quiz