There are a lot of reasons why you might have sores on scalp. It’s pretty rough to have to put up with a tender, irritated scalp that also have sores on scalp that are visible.
What causes something like sores on scalp? Here are some common causes of sores on scalp:
- An infection of the hair follicles
- Allergies to certain foods, such as wheat or dairy
- A scalp that is not Ph balanced for one reason or another
- A fungus
- An allergic reaction to shampoo or conditioner
- A bad case of acne
- Acne that has become infected
Another name for sores on scalp is folliculitis. What is folliculitis?
Let’s talk about your hair follicles just a minute. Anytime you use hair products that include ingredients that are too strong for your scalp, or contain ingredients known to cause scalp irritation disturbing the natural balance of your scalp resulting in sores on scalp.
This in turn can lead to the hair follicles becoming infected, which is called folliculitis or sores on scalp. Sweat can also block and/or irritate the hair follicles enough to get them infected.
If you have pimple-like sores on scalp, the chances that you have folliculitis are very good. The symptoms of folliculitis are bumps that look like big, red pimples that each have a hair in the middle. Like pimples, these bumps can have pus in them, and they are usually itchy. They also can burn, as irritated skin usually does. Most people are unable to resist scratching them as they itch and throb. All this does is make sores on scalp worse.
Folliculitis can develop more readily in people who have certain habits or illnesses, such as:
- Wearing clothing that is very tight
- Having a surgical incision, a cut, or a scrape that somehow gets infected
- Getting into a hot tub or swimming pool that isn’t properly treated with chlorine to kill germs.
- Long term use of antibiotics or steroids
- Having diabetes, which can effect your immune system
- Having HIV
- Using shampoos when you have an undetected allergy to ingredients
Folliculitis can do more than just give you sores on scalp. If it is not treated, it can cause you to lose a lot of hair, which will not grow back. You will be left with unsightly scars on your scalp, too.
The best way for you to take care of your folliculitis is to take some common sense precautions that look out for your skin. Your sores on scalp may decide to heal and go away on their own, if you are lucky. It’s important not to allow the infection of your hair follicles go on for too long a period of time. You want to avoid any type of permanent scarring if at all possible.
So what can you do about sores on scalp?
Well first its really important to eliminate using products that contain ingredients that aggravate scalp conditions like folliculitis.
You can use natural remedies containing antibacterial and antifungal properties such as essential oils such as lavender, teatree and neem oil.
You can also use our scalp remedy wizard and create your own natural remedy to soother and heal your sores on scalp.
You can use a ready made remedy like Soothing Scalp Remedy which contains these oils and is very effective in dealing with sore on scalp.