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A sore scalp is an uncomfortable condition that involves itching, rashes, and often redness accompanied with a burning sensation. Often, the scalp is tender to the touch, making it difficult to comb hair or in some cases rest the head on a pillow. One of the more common reasons for a sore scalp is due to a condition known as ringworm of the scalp. Fortunately, there are effective methods to treat this and other types of scalp conditions.
One of the first things to do when a sore scalp develops is to make an appointment with a dermatologist. A thorough examination of the scalp can be conducted to determine the exact origin of the tenderness and itching sensation. Identifying the underlying cause for the soreness is imperative, as the origin and the severity of the condition will determine which treatments are most likely to clear up the problem.
It is important to note that the sore scalp may not be the result of an underlying medical condition, but is the result of an allergic reaction to a particular hair dye. There is even the possibility that soreness may develop due to tying back the hair in a severe hairstyle and thus creating a constant pull on the hair follicles. When the origin of the scalp problem is something of this nature, simple lifestyle changes will usually lead to resolution of the problem in a short period of time.
After the underlying cause for the sore scalp has been determined, the dermatologist will proceed with a series of treatments appropriate for the current status of the scalp condition. In some cases, this may involve nothing more than the use of a medicated shampoo that will help to reduce the scalp irritation and begin to clear up the rash. In cases that are somewhat more advanced, the application of topical creams and ointments may be used to supplement the medicated shampoo.
While there are many over-the-counter products that are formulated to help with minor cases of sore scalp, it is typically a good idea to obtain a firm professional diagnosis before spending time and money with these options. Non-prescription treatments may or may not address the specific reason for your discomfort. As a result, you receive no relief and may even cause the condition to worsen before finally seeking professional care.