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Head Sores: Getting Rid of the Itch

When one or more of your hair follicles get irritated or inflamed, you may be suffering from folliculitis. Although it can appear anywhere on your skin, the hair follicles on the head are their favorite spot.

What is Folliculitis?

  • Folliculitis happens when the follicles of your hair becomes infected with the bacteria staph or Staphylococcus. Other similar infection may also be developed because of a yeast infection which is triggered by a fungus.
  • What really happens is that your hair follicles are damaged, either because of blockage of the follicles, shaving or because of friction with your clothing.
  • Anywhere that there is hair, there is a tendency to have folliculitis. So aside from the head, it could also grow in the neck and in the genital and groin area.
  • A folliculitis may either be superficial or deep. A superficial folliculitis is not a serious condition but deep folliculitis is.
    If not treated promptly, it could develop into gram-negative folliculitis, which is difficult to treat.

Causes of Head Sores

  • Harsh hair products are believed to be the primary reason of head sores. It causes the scalp to dry out, which leaves the hair follicles open making it more susceptible to folliculitis. In most hair products, shampoo, hair conditioners, gel and hair sprays are made from toxic chemicals.
  • The chemicals that make up most of the hair products are too intense and are what makes the sores on head. It makes the skin dry out and extracts the skin’s natural oils which results in the formation of the itchy scalp and the head sores.
  • Lack of natural oil also makes the skin more prone to yeast infections, the reason for the flaking and dandruff growth.

Here are the other possible causes:

  • sodium laureth sulphate or SLS
  • tinea capitis
  • skin conditions like acne
  • contact dermatitis
  • shingles
  • chickenpox
  • stress
  • exhaustion
  • emotional tension
  • allergy
  • psoriasis
  • eczema

Home Remedies to Treat Head Sores

Minor cases of scalp sores may well be treated with home remedies. The goal is to prevent the itching and discomfort of having tender sores on the head making it all the more difficult to comb. Here are some remedies:

  • Oatmeal lotion applied on the area will help relieve head itch.
  • Washing the affected area with an antibacterial soap and applying antibiotic ointment after.
  • Warm compresses several times in each day will help relieve head itching.


  1. lester said:

    The best remedy for sores on scalp or itchy scalp is by aloe vera, trust me, I had sore on my scalp for almost six months and I tried everything after so many trips to the doc. I was even prescribed steroids to be used on the scalp as a shampoo but that didnt help at all until last week when a friend of mine advised me to try aloe vera and God, it is a miracle plant, I have only used it for a week and already my scalp is completely healed like I never had sores , my confidence is up slowly. I now have a shampoo, body shampoo as well as the plant in my kitchen, I have resolved to using all shower and body products containing aloe vera. Tescos does the head shampoo by tara smith for under a fiver and marks and spencer body shampoo for a pound. I bot the plant from nottcuts garden for a under a fiver. Anyone suffering from head sores should try this. I lost all my hair prior to using the aloe vera, I had used a substance containing sulphur to moisturize my scalp and that’s when all the problems began, had to cut my hair twice but I am glad that chapter is over and looking forward to enjoying my hair again.

    September 15, 2009
  2. JB said:

    Thank you, I will try the aloe vera! When my doctor saw this condition he said that I had folliculitis, which was cured with an oral antibiotic. Later, it returned, but antibiotics that I had to take for an infection on my back cleared it up. Then it returned. Again, antibiotics taken for a tooth infection cleared it up, but I don’t want to take antibiotics so much if a topical cure can be found. So I will try the Aloe Vera.

    October 7, 2010
  3. Allie said:

    I am praying to God this works for me too. I have wonderful skin, have never had any problems until we moved and one week after our move in June of 2010, suddenly my head had itchy bites on it, I have tried everything, have been to the dr. x 2 and a dermatologist which has given me an antibiotic that is making me very ill feeling. I have used everything from neosporin, bactine, tea tree oil, vinigar, baking soda, cortosone, topical steroids, prednisone (steroids in pill form) and now last but not least antibiotic. I am desperate. I feel so upset and frustrated. I will try this tomorrow. I am wondering though, do I just put the aloe vera on straight from the plant? Just dont’ want to make it worse. Thank you so much.

    October 19, 2010
  4. Ellen said:

    I saw a doctor and he said that I have a hair follicle infection. A sore of some type showed up on the left side of my neck and the same day I noticed that it was tender and it was red in patches. Also, my left ear is red and warm to the touch. Do you think it will go away without taking a treatment? I am taking Aleve around the clock. It helps to some extent but I am miserable. Also, I am using baby shampoo, Is that really the mildest shampoo I can use?

    July 25, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Certainly you need to take medicines as prescribed by your doctor. It could be a bacterial infection which may spread if it is not taken care of. Baby shampoo is mild shampoo and you can use it. With the prescribed medicine, you can take home remedy such as pinch of turmeric powder mixed in warm milk. Turmeric is known to possess antibacterial property. It will help to kill the germs causing hair follicle infection. Warm compression will speed the healing process of the infection.

      July 26, 2012

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