In a previous post, we identified some scalp conditions that may be causing your head to itch instead of lice. If you thought that was an exhaustive list, you would be wrong. Here are some more head-scratchers.
Folliculitis is a common skin condition in which the hair follicles become inflamed. It is usually the result of a bacterial or fungal infection of the hair follicle. This may cause small pus-filled bumps like little pimples and may cause irritation and itchiness.
Cysts are pockets or sacs filled with fluid or some other substance. They vary in size from very tiny to very large. There are many different types of cysts and they can occur anywhere on the body. Several different types of cysts can occur on the scalp. They may feel like tiny bumps or large lumps and they can cause irritation or discomfort.
A Herpes Zoster eruption is known more commonly as Shingles. Shingles can erupt anywhere on the scalp. Shingles can cause irritation, discomfort, and painful blisters.
Other Infestations can also occur.
This common infestation is caused by a mite. It usually does not affect the scalp, except in infants or people who are immunocompromised. It can cause small bumps which are intensely itchy.
Like head lice, these small parasites feed on human blood. Unlike head lice, they do not live on the body. Their bites leave red welts which may be painful or itchy. While they may affect the scalp, their bites are more common on the face, neck, and other areas of the body.
As you can see, there are many different conditions, skin disorders, and infestations that can affect the scalp and may mimic some of the symptoms of a head lice infestation. We have only listed a few of the most common ones. There are many more.
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