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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.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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