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Scalp Pain

Scalp pain can occur from several factors, such as a traumatic head or brain injury, skin conditions, and headaches. It is usually caused by a medical condition that irritates the scalp itself. Medical conditions such as scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, scalp folliculitis, eczema, contact dermatitis, alopecia, temporal arteritis, brain tumor and basal cell carcinoma can trigger scalp pain.

Scalp pain can lead to pain in any area of the face, neck, or head. Symptoms of scalp pain may accompany other symptoms of a different underlying medical disease or disorder. Some specific symptoms of scalp pain include:

  • Itchy flaky skin
  • soreness
  • Tingling sensations
  • Prickling
  • Numbness
  • Irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Inflammation


It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately if symptoms of scalp pain are accompanied by more serious symptoms, as it can be life-threatening. Some severe symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Aura
  • Scalp tenderness to touch
  • Blurred vision
  • Local bleeding or bruising
  • Confusion and difficulty with memory

Diagnosis and treatment

The best way to treat scalp pain is to find the underlying cause of discomfort. Share your symptoms with your doctor for accurate diagnosis. Seeking medical attention is important to diagnose scalp pain. The doctor might collect a hair follicle or scalp biopsy for further testing. Treatment options will vary and depend on the medical cause or symptoms. Serious medical conditions usually require different medical treatment options. Certain shampoos or ointments prescribed from your doctor and over-the-counter medication may help relieve inflammation or medical conditions associated with scalp pain.


The contents contained within this page are not a substitute for health professionals’ advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We advise that you seek advice from a qualified healthcare practitioner. We fully disclose that any surgical or invasive procedures come with risks.

For more details on how to relieve or treat chronic pain, you can reach out to one of our pain specialists at any of our pain care clinic locations. We establish a caring relationship and provide patients with pain relief when needed the most.