What other symptoms might occur with scalp pain?

Scalp pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the head may also involve other body systems.

Headache symptoms that may occur with scalp pain

Scalp pain may accompany other symptoms related to headache including:

  • Aura (sensory changes that may precede a migraine)
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Scalp tenderness to touch
  • Vice-like pain around the head

Trauma symptoms that may occur with scalp pain

Scalp pain may accompany other symptoms related to trauma including:

  • Blurred or double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Head laceration or wound
  • Headache
  • Local bleeding, bruising, redness or swelling
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Difficulty with memory
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Neck stiffness

Other symptoms that may occur with scalp pain

Scalp pain may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Fever
  • Itchy scalp
  • Lice in the hair
  • Pain in joints
  • Persistent skin sore that does not heal
  • Rash
  • Red bite marks on the scalp
  • White nits (lice eggs) in the hair or on the scalp

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, scalp pain may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms including:

  • Abnormal pupil size or nonreactivity to light
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • Fainting or change in level of consciousness or lethargy
  • Fluid draining from the nose, mouth or ears (clear or bloody)
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
  • Paresthesia following a head, neck or back injury
  • Seizure
  • Sensory changes (vision, hearing, smelling)
  • Unequal size of pupils

INTRODUCTION

What is scalp pain?

Scalp pain is a common symptom of head injury, headaches, and skin conditions. It may result from trauma to the head region, including the brain, skull or scalp. It can occur in conditions that cause headaches or skin irritation, or in more generalized conditions, such as cancer.

Trauma to the head is a common cause of scalp pain. It includes brain injury, skull fracture, or concu... Read more about scalp painintroduction

CAUSES

What causes scalp pain?

There are various causes of scalp pain, including trauma, headache or infection. Injuries to the head, neck, scalp, skull or brain are commonly associated with scalp pain. Headaches may cause scalp pain as the result of vascular swelling, muscular tension, or nerve pain. Scalp pain is also caused by any condition that infects or irritates the surface of the scalp itself, such as skin disorders ... Read more about scalp paincauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 20, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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