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4 Causes of Painful Red Bumps on Your Scalp

4 Causes of Painful Red Bumps on Your Scalp

When I’m researching online, I’m surprised at some of the stories I hear. But, the ones which cause the most emotional pain are those related to health (i.e. cancer, different conditions, or illnesses with very few treatment options). This topic is something I try and avoid writing about because it’s sensitive in nature, but it’s also important to educate everyone.

The internet is often the only way people become aware of how to protect themselves, and what they can do in terms of treatment.

During my research, I read how many people suffer from painful red bumps on their scalp, so today I’ll be writing about scalp irritation and what causes it. Scalp irritation can cause frequent scarring if not treated properly. Before continuing, I would like to warn you – some do sound harsh.

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Let’s explore some causes of the condition.

1. Tinea Capitis

This is also known as ringworm of the scalp, and is responsible for causing red, round bumps on the scalp. Ringworm is caused by a fungus called tinea, which infects the skin and can grow quickly. The only way to stop the spreading is by getting it diagnosed right away and determine how best to control it.

Ringworm bumps are painful, and depending on the seriousness, can fill with pus. The first line of defense would be to visit your doctor to find out how far the fungus has spread, and if a prescription is required. If it hasn’t spread that far, you can control it with antifungal shampoo.

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2. Folliculitis

This causes inflammation where the hair follicles begin to grow, and can be very painful. The hair follicle root gets infected by external factors when it’s growing, and this causes inflammation. When not treated, it can lead to a serious infection, causing painful red bumps.

If left for a long time, the condition can progress, becoming Folliculitis decalvans, which permanently scars the scalp and hair follicle region. Your hair around that region will never grow back because of the permanent damage caused to the actual root or follicle. The onset of Folliculitis is said to be brought on by Staphylococcus aureus, which is the bacteria associated with the condition.

To treat it, it must be caught early before permanent damage to the follicle. It does, however, require several antibiotics to cure successfully.

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3. Extensions and Braids

According to many doctors, red itchy bumps on your scalp may be due to extensions or tight braids. Both are known to cause hair loss, which leaves an open wound on your scalp, and can result in a serious infection. As you learned above, external factors can damage the hair follicle, causing inflammation, redness, and soreness. If untreated, the follicle root can become damaged, resulting in permanent hair loss.

If you are using extensions or have braids, then it’s important to use antifungal shampoo to avoid getting an infection. You also want to consider how you braid your hair because a tighter braid can cause immediate damage to the root.

4. Hormonal Changes

We all know how hormonal changes can bring on an onset of acne all over our bodies. But, it’s important you treat the ones on your scalp just like you would on your face, and/or back. Anti-acne shampoo is a great way to get started, and during this time, you might want to control your nutrition, too. Redness due to hormonal changes is not dangerous, but it’s important they don’t develop into pus. If they do, it’s important when they pop that the region doesn’t get infected.

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If you suffer from serious acne during hormonal changes, then visit your doctor for prescription medication.

Redness, itchiness, and scalp infections can be very scary. For additional help, I’ve provided another resource for causes of itchy bumps on the scalp. Go through the list to check if any apply; you’ll also find treatments on that page. If you suffer from any of the conditions, visit your doctor to find the best course of action.

Featured photo credit: livestrong.com via livestrong.com

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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