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How To Get Rid Of Scalp Bumps?




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#1 Jasper

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 06:24 PM

My friend (c5) has bumps on his scalp that drive him nuts and itch like crazy. I have spent a great deal of time popping them and trying to figure out why they keep coming back. Sometimes he gets a really hard lump under his skin that’s get bigger and bigger until it’s popped and oozes out one of the hair follicles. It’s pretty gross unless you’re like me and get a sick satisfaction from popping ingrown hairs and pimples. Some of the bumps are ingrown hairs but then some are just puss pockets under the skin.

I have a couple theories as to why he gets them. However, I'm just wondering if any one else has found a cure for the pesky buggers.

One of my theories is that he can’t scratch his head. I think this causes his hair follicles to clog where as an AB person would be able to scratch the itchy build up away, thus keeping the follicle clean and clog free.

I also think that the under growth hair (the hair that is regrowing) is curling slightly and growing into the skin instead of straight up out of the follicle. I would assume that an AB person would get a pain in their scalp and itch it, which would maybe straighten out the hairs growth path.

These are just some of my thoughts on the problem. Any advice or thought on the matter are welcome and appreciated! Thanks

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#2 Hapahowlee

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Posted 24 July 2008 - 09:22 PM

Is it just on his head? I was thinking maybe some kind of staph infection or something similar. When you mentioned the larger bumps, I thought maybe it's a boil (sp?). May have to Google some dermatology sites. It might be the shampoo he uses. My husband has a hard time scratching his head, which is where my long fingernails come in handy, but if I'm not around, he can pick up a comb and run it through his hair to give it a scratch. This one is baffling to me, but I guess it could be considered a good stress reliever for you if you like popping those suckers.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 12:19 AM

And I do like popping them :wheelchair:. The thing is that there is never a head to the bumps. The large hard ones are under the skin and they don't have a head. Its pretty much squeeze the scalp until you find where you think the head is and poke a hole with a needle to see if it all comes oozing out. I have a 95% batting average in this hit or miss game. Although, the last time I was over at his house, I was sitting on the corner of his bed, just scratching his scalp and watching T.V with him. All the sudden I felt something wet touch my fingers and when I looked there was a glump of puss on the back of his head. I guess I had scratched hard enough to pop one of the hard lumps. I was like "Yes! I totally pop it!"

He's been to the dermatologist and he got a big fat "Well I just don't know" about the bumps and then they gave him some cream which does pretty much nothing. He also uses a special shampoo. I'll try Googling it ( I love Googling :D) Thanks so Much :)

Oh, and yes it is just on his head.

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 05:09 PM

I used to get pimples on JUST my face and sometimes my upper back. But NOW I get them on just about any limb in weird places (under forearms, under thighs), usually after I eat chocolate. :nono:

Maybe his body is JUST as screwed up as mine in this regard, but his acne goes to his head? Did he have acne post injury?
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#5 Jasper

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Posted 25 July 2008 - 10:53 PM

No acne post, but he did have problems with his facial hair curling back into his skin and causing ingrown hairs. The dermatologist gave him a cream for his scalp that helps with the itching and "some" of the bumps, but they never fully go away.

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#6 lune14

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 12:38 AM

Instead of just scratching maybe try some scalp 'massage'. It really helps to stimulate the circulation of the scalp and might help keep his hair follicles from clogging. Scratching and popping things open, especially if they have not come to a head is risky for a variety of reasons. The abrasing alone worries me.

I have psoriasis on my scalp and because it gets dry and itchy, as well as teeny tiny little pimple type things on occasion, I was advised to do massaging. It really does help me and I don't get the clogged follicles anymore. A great time to do so is while washing your hair.
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#7 Jasper

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Posted 26 July 2008 - 05:04 AM

Good lord, do I love washing that mans hair! Especially right after its been cut! (I have a thing for short freshly cut hair.) I definitely will keep the scalp massage in mind :chef: Thanks

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 01:15 AM

i got the same problem and its been botherin me for years ... i am really jus tryin to get rid of this the quickest way possible

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 10:36 AM

I watched a programme last night on Channel 5 - Embarassing Illnesses, and they had a lady come in who had a lot of 'spots' on her scalp that were really crusty and pussy, he scraped away some of the stuff and tested it, and was a Staff infection, so she had a weeks worth of antibiotic and it cleared it up with no trace at all. This guy wasn't even a specialist dermatologist or anything, just a general GP.

Maybe it's worth talking to your doctor about it and seeing if a course of antibiotics would help?

Anything's worth a try I think :mellow:

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Posted 21 August 2008 - 08:07 PM

Yeah Hannah, I forgot to write about anitbiotics when I responded to Jasper about the possibility of a staph infection. That is what clears it up. I know someone who started breaking out with adult acne again in her early 30s and was placed on antibiotics permanently to clear up the skin. I don't know what it was, but her skin looked great. But what would poor Jasper do without those zits to pop?


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