What are the signs of scalp problems?

Scalp symptoms are any abnormality of the skin or hair on the head. Although the most common scalp symptoms include dry, oily, or flaky skin, as seen with dandruff, you could experience numerous other scalp symptoms. These include itchiness, numbness, tingling, bruising, pain and swelling of the scalp.

Because of the wide variety of symptoms that can be associated with the scalp, specific causes of scalp symptoms are difficult to pinpoint. However, the most common scalp symptoms may be caused by normal aging, a buildup of cosmetic products on the scalp, infrequent cleaning of the scalp, stress levels, and climate or environmental factors.

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common cause of flaky, scaly scalp skin that is referred to as dandruff. It may be accompanied by redness or white-to-yellow skin discoloration. In infants this condition is known as cradle cap. Seborrheic dermatitis can occur in other body areas as well as on the scalp.

Scalp pain or tenderness may also be a sign of giant cell, or temporal, arteritis, a serious disease characterized by inflammation of the arteries. Rarely, head trauma, stroke, or other serious conditions can lead to scalp symptoms.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have scalp pain or tenderness accompanied by headache, fever, visual changes, or pain while chewing, or other serious symptoms that could be signs of a life-threatening condition, such as difficulty breathing, convulsions, or loss of consciousness. Seek prompt medical care if your scalp symptoms are persistent or cause you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with scalp symptoms?

Scalp symptoms may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Other symptoms that may occur along with scalp symptoms

Scalp symptoms may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:


What causes scalp symptoms?

Scalp symptoms may be caused by a variety of natural processes or by other events, such as washing habits, disease, or illness.

Natural causes of scalp symptoms

Scalp symptoms may be caused by natural conditions or processes including:

  • Climate
  • Genetics
  • Normal aging

Habitual causes of scalp symptoms

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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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