Scalp Sores – Is It Really Scalp Fungus?

Scalp sores leave any scalp tender, raw, and irritated. If you've ever dealt with a sore scalp, you know how frustrating and embarrassing it can be to get cope with painful lesions.

To make matters worse, a tender scalp can equal a bald scalp! Hair loss and hair follicle damage tend to be associated with sores on the scalp.

Thankfully, there are many treatment options, both prescription and over-the-counter, available to solve scalp lesions. But, before you can remedy any scalp problems you have to know what causes lesions on scalp.

What Causes Sores on Scalps?

Just about anything can create scalp lesions. Trauma and injury are common. Tight hairstyles such as braids and extensions can traumatically pull the hair from the root leaving open wounds.

Poor hygiene sets the environment for bacteria and fungi to grow on the scalp. Dandruff and oily scalp skin traps debris and dry skin irritates the already fragile scalp epidermis. Aggressive scratching of dandruff often leads to superficial scalp wounds.

Allergic responses to hair color, hair relaxers, and perms are major causes of scalp lesions. In an effort to look more visually appealing, people unknowingly put themselves at risk for scalp agony. Eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis are exacerbated by these beauty treatments.

Bacterial acne and folliculitis and viral shingles and chicken pox can all bring about scalp issues.

Scalp fungus is one of many causes of scalp sores. Yeast, mold, and dermatophytes can invade the skin on the scalp and make one quite miserable.

Scalp ringworm is common, especially in children. The tell tale signs include itchy, red, circular, raised lesions. Some lesions may have pus-filled or fluid-filled vesicles that ooze liquid.

Warning Signs and Symptoms

Scalp lesions are nothing to play around with. They can lead to permanent hair loss. If you notice any itchy rashes, burning sensations, and/or scabs, see your doctor.

Treating a few scalp problems early on is much easier than fixing a scalp full of scabs and bald spots.

Scalp lesions may be an early warning sign of systemic problems in body like auto-immune diseases, severe viral diseases, skin cancer, and extreme food absorption problems.

Treating Scalp Spots

The remedy for scalp lesions depends on the cause of the problem. Your doctor is the best person to give you specific advice about your scalp sores. For most major scalp problems, prescription drugs work best.

A viral infection may run its course naturally. Or anti-viral medications can be given to shorten the infections life span.

Bacterial infections of the scalp usually require anti-bacterial medications and shampoos. Auto-immune diseases respond to steroids and other immunosuppressant drugs.

Fungal lesions like ringworm will need anti-fungals. Oral and topical shampoos anti-fungal solutions work well to quell scalp ringworm.

Please note that topical treatments have difficulty penetrating scalp skin. Oral medicines are the treatments of choice no matter what the cause of scalp issues.

There are over the counter medications that are quite effective at solving minor scalp concerns. Nizoral (ketoconazole), coal tar, and salicylic acid shampoos work through various means to calm inflamed scalps.

However, over the counter medications may not solve the underlying problems that cause scalp dysfunctions.

Prevention Scalp Problems

  1. Clean and shampoo scalp at least 2x times per week
  2. Detox scalp with monthly bentonite clay masks
  3. Change hair products monthly to prevent allergies
  4. Don't share non-disinfected hair grooming tools
  5. Make sure your hair salon is clean
  6. Don't scratch your scalp with sharp objects
  7. Avoid overly tight restrictive hairstyles

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