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There are many various types of head sores which may occur for a variety of reasons. The most common comes as a result of scratching or rubbing in response to other existing scalp conditions, such as head lice or dandruff. Other possible causes include infection of the hair follicles or pores, a virus, or an underlying cyst. All of these conditions can be diagnosed by a doctor, and are usually completely curable with correct treatment.
Factors which may cause itching or other irritation include dandruff or dry scalp, head lice, or illnesses like chicken pox. All of these cause intense itching and irritation. When scratched, head sores may develop because the skin is already in fragile condition. Curing these sores involves first getting rid of the underlying condition.
Dandruff can be remedied by using specialized shampoos. These can be found in most grocery stores or pharmacies. Lice are generally treated using an over the counter shampoo which contains small amounts of pesticides. In some more severe cases, a prescription shampoo may be needed. Chicken pox is caused by a virus and usually has to run its course, but is generally mild and does not cause long-term complications in most people, especially if they are you.
Another cause of head sores is infections of the hair follicles, glands, or pores. This usually causes eruptions similar to pimples, and is normally caused by bacteria which are present on the skin. Irritation makes these infections more likely to occur, although anyone can be affected. Treatment may include applying warm rags or topical antibiotics, or taking prescription antibiotic pills for more extreme cases.
Infectious head sores may become swollen and very painful. Eventually a whitehead or pus-filled raised area may appear. This will usually drain after a few days, at which time pus or a blood looking substance will leak from the sore. Pain is usually diminished greatly at this time, and healing is usually quick once all the pus is drained.
Heads sores caused by a cyst may or may not cause pain or discomfort. If no pain is present and the cyst is very small and not becoming larger, no treatment may be necessary. Larger cysts that may obstruct blood flow to the brain may cause serious complications. Surgery is often required to remove the cyst or a portion of the cyst. A biopsy may be performed to ensure the growth is a cyst rather than a cancerous tumor.