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When should I see a doctor about the sores on my head?

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Most head sores aren't serious. It's a good idea, though, to see your doctor if they bother you. This is especially true if:

  • Your head sores last more than a few days or won't heal.
  • You have a lot of sores or they keep coming back.
  • You've noticed any changes in the shape, size, or color of bumps or lumps on your scalp.

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

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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