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Scalp Sores: How to Treat It?

by Christoffer Thorsager on Jun 04, 2023

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on May 2, 2024.

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If you've ever experienced scalp sores, you know how uncomfortable they can be. It can lead to itching and irritation as well as impaired hair health. But don't despair! There are a number of simple ways to treat and prevent scalp sores. Read on to learn more about the causes behind scalp sores and how to get rid of them!

What are scalp sores?

Scalp sores can be very irritating and painful. It can lead to itchiness, dryness and dandruff on the scalp, which in turn leads to a number of other problems such as hair loss and broken hair. The symptoms of scalp sores also include redness, irritation, and an itchy or claw-like sensation.

Regular scalp massage increases blood circulation and can help prevent scalp sores.

The most common causes of scalp sores are dryness or lack of moisture, damage caused by combing or brushing the hair or the use of chemicals such as dyes and curling irons etc. It can also be small tears in the scalp after you have scratched it because it is itchy.

To avoid these problems, you should avoid excessively hot styling and facial hygiene products with aggressive ingredients that can irritate your scalp even more. Furthermore, it is also always recommended to take care of your skin with a healthy diet consisting primarily of fruit & vegetables, water etc., as well as regular massage of the scalp to increase blood circulation there.

Symptoms of scalp sores

Itching and irritation, redness and swelling as well as pain or tenderness to the touch can all be symptoms of scalp sores. If you experience any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to examine your scalp for any damage or infection. Sometimes even small skin scrapes on the scalp can lead to bigger problems like scratches, dry skin or even sores.

Other possible symptoms of the sores include itching of the area, irritated skin and dryness. If your scalp is moist or oily, this can also contribute to the development of the sores. The most important thing is to treat these sores as soon as possible to avoid major infections or further damage to your scalp.

Symptoms of scalp ulcers:

  • Itching and irritation
  • Redness and swelling
  • Pain or tenderness to touch
  • Dryness
  • Dandruff
  • Moist / oily skin
scalp sores

Causes of scalp sores

If you experience sores on the scalp, it may be due to damage to the skin as a result of severe scratching or itching. This can result in an irritated and itchy scalp that is dry and flaky. Folliculitis, inflammation of the hair follicle, can also cause sores on the scalp. It often appears as small red bumps with pus on top.

Psoriasis or eczema of the scalp is another possible cause of sores and itchy skin. This is usually due to excess dryness and lack of humidity in the area. Symptoms include dry flakes of skin that fall apart when brushing your hair and intense itching. A moisturizing shampoo can help alleviate these symptoms and improve the overall health of your hair and scalp.

itching the scalp may lead to sores

How can scalp sores be treated?

Scalp sores can be painful and uncomfortable. An effective home treatment includes keeping the area clean and dry, avoiding hairspray and styling products, and using a mild shampoo. If the wound is deep or does not heal after a few days, it is recommended to see a doctor.

Mild Shampoos

Medical treatment for scalp ulcers may include antibiotics, steroid creams, or surgery depending on the cause of the ulcer. It is important to follow the prescribed treatment plan to ensure complete healing and prevent further infections. Prevention of scalp sores can be achieved by regular hair washing, using a soft brush and avoiding sharp objects on the head such as combs with sharp teeth or barrettes that are tightly attached to the hair.

Home treatments

Using tea tree oil can be an effective home treatment for scalp sores. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that can fight infections and reduce inflammation. Gently massage a few drops of tea tree oil into your scalp and leave it on overnight for best results.

Aloe vera gel is also a good home treatment to relieve itching and irritation caused by scalp sores. Aloe vera contains natural healing properties that can soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Apply a small amount of aloe vera gel directly to the affected areas several times a day.

Applying coconut oil to soothe the scalp is another effective home remedy for treating scalp sores. Coconut oil has antimicrobial properties that can help fight bacteria and fungal infections as well as moisturize dry skin. Warm some coconut oil between your fingers and gently massage into your scalp before bed or after bathing for best results.

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    Prevention of scalp sores

    Wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo to avoid oil and dirt build-up. It can help reduce the risk of scalp sores, as excess oil and dirt can clog pores and promote bacterial growth. Also avoid overuse of styling products or chemicals that can irritate the scalp and lead to inflammation. A clean comb or brush is also important to avoid the spread of bacteria on the scalp, so make sure to keep them clean by regular cleaning. These simple steps will help you prevent scalp sores in the long term.

    Should you see a doctor if you have a sore on the scalp?

    Yes, it is always a good idea to see a doctor if you have a sore on the scalp. Scalp sores can be caused by various reasons, such as infections, allergies, skin diseases or even scalp injuries. If the wound doesn't heal or gets worse, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. In addition, scalp sores can also be very painful and lead to discomfort and itching. That's why it's best to get it checked out by a doctor to make sure there's nothing that needs treatment. And remember, it is better to be on the safe side and seek medical attention than to ignore the problem and risk further complications.

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