I had an itch on my scalp a few weeks ago and when I went to scratch it there was a bump there just just felt like dry skin. I picked at it a little and a bunch came off but then it started to hurt so I left it alone. It was still there a week later so I asked my boyfriend to look at it and he said it just looked like a pimple and to leave it alone. So I left it alone, but it hung around awhile and got itchy every once in awhile. I didn't think much of it until last night when I reached up to itch it and realized it had gotten bigger. Not just a bigger bump, but the whole thing was longer and is now in the shape of a semi-circle. My boyfriend looked at it and had no clue, it really hurt after he touched it and was really red so he put some polysporin on it and left it alone. It hurt most of the night but that may have been because I was thinking about it and freaking out a little. It didn't hurt this morning, my boyfriend said the redness had gone away. It itched a little today and I touched it a bit. I don't know if it's red anymore but it feels like it's burning. It's probably scaring me more than it should, I think it's the shape of it that's freaking me out.
From the symptoms it sounds like a boil or infected hair follicle. Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. Please keep the area clean and apply some topical antiseptics. Also wear loose-fitting cotton clothing and use an antibacterial soap or mild soap like dove. Avoid any kind of cosmetics. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin or neomycin containing ointment are also useful. In case the symptoms persist then oral antibiotics may be needed. Please consult a dermatologist in that case.
I hope it helps. Take care and please do keep me posted in case you have any additional doubts. Kind regards.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.