1009876 tn?1326490077

Sore red bumps on scalp

I don't know if this is a side effect of going off the pill (Yasmin).One month after, I started getting these hard red sores on my scalp. They are painful (especially when I brush my hair) and I find myself itching or picking them sometimes. Right now I have about 6 of them in different spots on my scalp. There seem to be more, and they seem to get worse roughly 2 weeks after my menstrual cycle. Not sure if that has anything to do with them though. I do have sensitive skin, and have noticed since being off the pill, my face is a lot more oily than before.

Could this just be scalp pimples? Infected hair follicles? How do I treat it?
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From the symptoms that you have described, it sounds like folliculitis. It is true that birth control pills can cause acne in some women. Please keep the area clean and apply some topical antiseptics. Also 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. Also try changing the birth control pills to some other brand.
Hope it helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries. Kind regards.

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1009876 tn?1326490077
The sore spots are only on my scalp, not my face. I have been putting antibiotic cream (clindasol) on the spots. It seems to make the soreness subside, but they're not going away. So far, Head and shoulders doesn't help. I'm going to change my shampoo to see if that helps.
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1009876 tn?1326490077
Well the spots are considerably smaller now. I have been scrubbing my scalp a little extra each time I shampoo my hair, and continuing to use the antibiotic cream. I haven't had any new sores for a couple weeks. And the ones that are still there, are not nearly as sore.
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I have had the same symptoms for a while.  Which brand of the shampoo did you switch to?  Thanks
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