I Have Sores on My Head

Sores on your head or scalp can hurt and may be embarrassing. Unless you’re skilled at taking back-of-the-head selfies, they also can be hard to see.

dermatitis in scalpWhat causes these lumps and bumps that can make things like brushing your hair painful? It can be anything from minor local infections to signs of a health condition that can affect your whole body.

Most aren’t serious. It’s a good idea, though, to see your doctor if they bother you. This is especially true if:

Your head sores last more than a few days or won’t heal.
You have a lot of sores or they keep coming back.
You’ve noticed any changes in the shape, size, or color of bumps or lumps on your scalp.