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What is causing the sores on my head?

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Sores on your head or scalp can hurt and may be embarrassing. Unless you're skilled at taking back-of-the-head selfies, they also can be hard to see.

What causes these lumps and bumps that can make things like brushing your hair painful? It can be anything from minor local infections to signs of a health condition that can affect your whole body.

From: Why Do I Have Sores on My Head? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Contact dermatitis," "Folliculitis," "Ringworm (Scalp)."

UpToDate: "Approach to the patient with a scalp disorder," "Overview of benign lesions of the skin," "Seborrheic dermatitis in adolescents and adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Sebaceous Cysts," "Do You Have an Itchy Scalp? 5 Common Problems and Fixes."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Head Lice: Diagnosis and Treatment," "Scalp Psoriasis: Signs and Symptoms," "Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment," "Seborrheic Dermatitis: Diagnosis and Treatment."  

CDC: "Head Lice: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)," "Treatment for Ringworm."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinea infections."

KidsHealth: "Chickenpox."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Pemphigus?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 27, 2017

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SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "Contact dermatitis," "Folliculitis," "Ringworm (Scalp)."

UpToDate: "Approach to the patient with a scalp disorder," "Overview of benign lesions of the skin," "Seborrheic dermatitis in adolescents and adults."

Cleveland Clinic: "Sebaceous Cysts," "Do You Have an Itchy Scalp? 5 Common Problems and Fixes."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Head Lice: Diagnosis and Treatment," "Scalp Psoriasis: Signs and Symptoms," "Scalp Psoriasis: Diagnosis and Treatment," "Seborrheic Dermatitis: Diagnosis and Treatment."  

CDC: "Head Lice: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)," "Treatment for Ringworm."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Fungus Infections."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinea infections."

KidsHealth: "Chickenpox."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "What Is Pemphigus?"

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on April 27, 2017

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