INFLAMMATION OF THE SCALP
Do you have inflammation of the scalp? Most people who have inflammation do not recognize it. Yet, if you were to treat it, there’s a good chance that you would notice the difference. You might even notice your skin feels a bit softer. Often people with scalp inflammation feel tired and worn out. This is because the body is constantly fighting off the inflammation.
SO, DO YOU HAVE IT?
There are some key signs that indicate you may have inflammation of the scalp. If you notice these about yourself, it is time to turn your hair stylist for help. Your doctor can also offer solutions to help you once you address the underlying cause of it. Let’s see what the signs are.
WHAT IS THE INFLAMMATION?
General scalp inflammation is called folliculitis. This is a common condition affecting the scalp and other areas of the skin where hair grows. Most of the time, this begins as a bacterial or fungal infection but it can lead to a serious issue if left untreated. Most of the time, it is treatable. In addition, the infection can spread if it is not treated properly! Not treating it can cause permanent hair loss because of the damage to the hair follicles. This can also create scarring.
DO YOU HAVE IT?
Look at your scalp carefully (or have a loved one do it). You will want to look for areas with bumps. Red bumps and, in some cases, white-headed bumps, can develop in areas where significant inflammation exists. These tend to occur in small clusters on the skin. They also occur around the hair follicles, which can mean your hair growth can be impacted as well.
Some people feel a significant amount of pain from inflammation on their scalp. This is because the nerve endings are inflamed and can also create an itchy scalp. It can sometimes cause a burning sensation too. When this occurs, it’s hard not to scratch but doing this can lead to even more pain and discomfort.
In some cases the condition can get worse. You may develop skin that is painful to touch. You may also find that the skin is reddish in color, but this does not always happen. If you touch the area and it hurts, this means your skin is reacting to something in some way and should not be ignored.
Some people also experience pus-filled blisters. This can happen in a minor way, or it can be a significant outbreak across all areas. The blisters on the skin can be very painful. They tend to be small, but when scratched open, it can create moisture on the skin of the scalp. Over time, this fluid can encourage the infection to spread further. For this reason, it is best to treat this condition before it worsens.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
If you have signs of scalp inflammation, it is very important to take action to treat it. The good news is there are treatment options available for most people. If you catch it early – such as when the area is just tender or when small pimples or bumps exist – it is generally easy to treat. This may mean you can see your hair begin to grow back properly. The longer you wait to get treatment, the more likely the condition is to spread and worsen.
NIP IT IN THE BUD!
Itching is often one of the first signs of scalp disorder. However, many types of ailments can cause itching, such as oily or dry dandruff, oily or dry scalp, eczema, psoriasis. To provide the best solution on the long term, it is important to properly identify the cause of itchiness.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call us for a complimentary consultation with one of our experts.