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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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