Thank you for allowing me to answer your interesting question. It is
important that I reiterate our disclaimer than we cannot, by policy,
provide medical advice in this forum. What I have managed to
accumulate was publish information about situation similar to yours in
an effort to better arm you (or perhaps console you) with information.
As always, it is best to consult a dermatologist or other physician
about medical problems.
Now, with that behind us, let?s proceed.
Scalp bumps and pimples can be caused by a wide variety of things, not
the least of which are allergic reactions to the harsh chemicals (in
shampoo, conditioner, hair treatments or dyes). In addition
(specifically in males) these pimples can be caused by an
over-abundance of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in his scalp.
Needless to say, simply experimenting with other hair treatments would
be the obvious course of action if you suspect allergies, but to
combat a DHT problem one should consult a dermatologist and obtain a
dihydrotestosterone inhibitor such as Propecia that can be applied
like a cream or shampoo.
Another possibility (regardless of gender) is an excess of dirt or
bacteria build up on the follicle stem or root of the hair. I realize
you are probably a very hygienic minded individual but sometimes, no
matter what we do to try and keep ourselves clean and bacteria-free,
infection on the scalp or follicle root can and sometimes does occur
in just about every human being at one time or another in the course
of their lives. The solution to this may be as simple as picking up an
over-the-counter medicated shampoo that has some kind of antibacterial
properties. One that also contains tar, zinc pyrithione, selenium
sulfide, sulfur, and/or salicylic acid may be particularly helpful but
of course your local pharmacist will probably be delighted to educate
you about these options further (Remember: my research is designed to
be informative, not instructive. Do not use these products based on my
research alone. Be safe and consult your pharmacist or physician
On the other hand you may have acquired a relatively common condition
such as ?seborrhea dermatitis? or ?eczema? that is causing your
outbreak. While you should really have this diagnosed by a doctor, if
it?s any comfort these conditions are easily treated with a
considerable expectation of success.
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Yet another possibility is a condition called Scalp folliculitis. This
is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp that
causes small pustules where the inflammation occurs. When diagnosed by
a physician this is typically treated with topical antibiotics like
fucidin gel, clindamycin solution or erythromycin solution. A more
severe form of this condition is called ?acne necrotica?, also known
as ?acne varioliformis? or ?acne frontalis?. It should be treated if
this is what you have because in some cases it can become bad enough
that it actually causes scars.
Finally, you will find that others, like yourself, for various reasons
have had similar problems and have also sought answers. By reading
their comments you may learn more from their experiences with this
As I said in the beginning, there?s no way we can adequately diagnose
your medical problem in this forum but hopefully, as a result of your
visit here, you?ve been able to learn enough about the various reasons
why people have scalp pimples to speak intelligently and knowledgeably
with your physician about your condition.
I hope you find that my answer exceeds your expectations. If you have
any questions about my research please post a clarification request
prior to rating the answer. Otherwise I welcome your rating and your
final comments and I look forward to working with you again in the
near future. Thank you for bringing your question to us.
Tutuzdad-ga ? Google Answers Researcher
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