Did you know that most people who have scalp inflammation do not know it? Our bodies know it even before we do. Our immune system kicks in and works overtime to fight it, thus resulting in you feeling fatigued and out of sorts and you’d never suspect your scalp as the source.
A common condition called folliculitis can affect the scalp and any areas of the skin where there are hair follicles. It often begins as a rash or pimples but can develop into a bacterial or fungal infection. Most of the time, it is simple to treat. Gone untreated, it could spread and result in permanent hair loss due to the damaged hair follicles. This can also create scarring.
Do you have it? To find out consider these common signs of scalp inflammation.
Do you feel pain when touching or brushing your hair/scalp? This is caused by the inflamed nerve endings on the scalp. Untreated, this will cause itching and could also cause a burning sensation. It will drive you crazy and you’ll want to constantly scratch your head. Yet, doing this can lead to even more pain and discomfort for you. As with most things, left untreated it can worsen.
Look at your scalp carefully (or ask your stylist or a loved one to take a look). You’ll know just where to look because most likely you’d have already felt them or felt itchy. Red bumps and, in some cases, white-headed bumps, can develop in areas where there is inflammation. These tend to cluster and occur around the hair follicles, which could impact your hair growth as well as be the cause of hair loss.
What Should You Do?
If you have any of the signs above, it is likely that you have an inflammation of the scalp. It is very important to take action as soon as possible! Rest assured. Caught early –when the area is just tender or when small pimples or bumps begin – it is generally easy to treat. This may mean you’ll see your hair begin to grow back fuller and healthier. You may also be able to avoid any permanent follicle damage or scaring. Keep in mind that the longer you wait to get treatment, the more likely the condition will worsen.