You do not run out of certain injuries or trauma, but you feel like there is a wound on your scalp. What’s the cause? Dangerous or not?
Sores on scalp is usually associated with an itchy skin condition that causes continuous scratches on the head and scalp. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when a sore is formed on the head, harmful bacteria can enter the sores and infect various parts of the body.
The most common types of sores in the scalp are Seboric dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, and head lice. Yes, sores to the scalp may occur even if you do not suffer any injuries, bumps or accidents. See the full explanation below.
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Causes of Sores on Scalp
- Fungal / ringworm infections.
- Seborrheic dermatitis.
- Atopic eczema.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder where skin exfoliation occurs faster than normal. Psoriasis is thought to be associated with immune problems.
Dandruff is a scalp problem caused by one of them due to fungi and irritation of certain hair products.
If there is a dandruff, usually you tend to scratch, so it can cause sores scalp due to dandruff. In the medical world, the condition is called seborrheic dermatitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a scaly, red skin condition and has a lot of dandruff. Despite the most attacking the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis can also attack other parts of the body that are rich in oil glands, such as the face, upper chest and back.
Please note that this condition has no effect on the overall health status and is not a sign that a person has a low hygiene quality.
Here are some of the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis.
- There is skin flakes or dandruff on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard and or mustache.
- Spots on oily skin that is covered with white / yellow / crustal flakes on the area of the head, ears, face, chest, armpits, scro**tum or other parts of the body.
- Red skin.
- Red or hardened eyelid skin (blepharitis).
- Itching or arising sting sensation.
Atopic eczema is a symptom of allergies that appear on the skin. Usually experienced by people with a history of severe allergies.
How to soothe sores on scalp
- Use soap and shampoo specifically for sensitive skin.
- Keep the hair and skin from being moist, using clothes that absorb sweat.
- Use a skin moisturizer after every bath, select also a moisturizer that is formulated specifically for sensitive skin.
- Avoid using perfume, hair products that contain irritant substances.
- Shampoo every 2 days. Too often shampooing just triggers itching and your complaint gets heavier.
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How to treat seborrheic dermatitis?
To treat it, it can be done with therapy. Therapy of Seborrheic dermatitis does require patience, because symptoms will continue to come and go, need repetition and take a long time. Here are a few steps of treatment (therapy) that can be done independently at home:
- Wash your hair with anti dandruff shampoos containing pyrithione zinc or selenium every day. Alternately, use anti-fungal shampoo also contains ketoconazole with a frequency of 2 times a week. Another type of shampoo that can be used on a daily basis is a product containing tar and salicylic acid.
- You can combine several shampoo products, because the use of a single product in a long period of time can reduce the effectiveness of therapy.
- Let the shampoo a while when washing the hair to give it time to work the substances contained in it.. Expose the product to the face, ears and chest when this skin area also indicates the condition of seborrheic dermatitis.
- Apply olive oil to the affected skin, including the scalp. Wait an hour before washing with water, and be washed with shampoo / soap.
- Clean the skin regularly, make sure that no shampoo / soap element is left behind. Avoid using irritating soaps and moisturizers after bathing.
- Apply mild corticosteroid ointment or anti fungus.
- Avoid all sorts of alco**hol-containing products.
- Avoid scratches the skin to avoid irritation and infection. When itching, apply hydrocortisone ointment or calamine lotion.
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Last Updated on September 10, 2021 Reviewed by Market Health Beauty Team