What Causes Itchy Bumps on Scalp and How You Can Get Rid of Them

Scratching itchy bumps on scalp and have no idea what to do?

Lice and dandruff aren’t always the reason.

The scalp is a protective layer of skin which consists of follicles and has blood vessels that maintain its supply. Exposed to the outside world, your scalp is prone to infections, insect bites, etc.

Itchy bumps on scalp are embarrassing, as well as, irritating.

In this blog post, I will go through the causes and treatment of itchy bumps on the scalp.

Read on to know more!

The Causes: Why Do I Have Itchy Bumps on Scalp?

For you to choose the right treatment, you should first know the actual cause of the itchy bumps on your scalp

Don’t worry, I’ll help you figure it out!

In this section of the blog post, I will go through the various causes.

Let’s take a peek:

#1. Hives


Hives flare up suddenly. The reason why they act up is allergic reactions to food or due to exposure to the cold, heat, or sunlight.

Hives are common reasons for itchy bumps on the scalp and do not have long-term effects.

These don’t last longer than 12 hours and may vary in shape and size.

#2. Acne

This is caused due to increased activity of sebaceous glands and a build-up of dirt and debris on the scalp.
Acne is irritating, painful, and itchy.

This leads to an overgrowth of bacteria which can even increase the size of the acne.

#3. Cysts


Two types of cysts you can have are:

  • Sebaceous
  • Epidermal

Both of these can make you have small boil-like bumps on your scalp.

Cysts form under the layer of your skin and are filled with a semi-solid, white, and oily liquid.

#4. Seborrheic dermatitis

This skin disorder can lead to red and itchy rashes on your scalp that have flaky skin.
This is also known as cradle cap and dandruff and can flare and clear by itself throughout your life.

#5. Infection

Infections such as ringworm, chickenpox, staphylococcus bacteria, etc. can cause the itchy bumps on your scalp.
If not treated, these bumps can even migrate to other parts of your body.

#6. Psoriasis

This causes your skin to have thick itchy scales. A genetic and chronic skin disease, Psoriasis is not contagious.

It affects the skin of the knees, elbows, and scalp.

#7. Parasites

  • Head lice may cause you to have a tingling sensation as well as itching. Lice spread quickly and need immediate attention.
  • Scab-causing mites cause itchy bumps on the scalp. These are a result of an infestation of mites on your head.A severe itch is the main symptom accompanied by skin rashes, blisters, and red bumps.

#8. Folliculitis

Folliculitis is this result of fungal or bacterial infection of the hair follicles.This leads to itchy, painful, and red pus-filled bumps on your scalp.

#9. Skin Cancer

In extreme cases, some form of skin cancer could lead to itchy yet painful bumps on your head.

I advise you to give the doctor a visit so that you know the exact cause of your itchy bumps on the scalp. This will help you in choosing the right course of treatment.

Let’s take a look at some treatment options available!

How to Get Rid of Itchy Bumps on Scalp

I helped you figure out the main causes of the itchy bumps on your scalp. In this section, I’ll explain the treatment options.

Let’s take a look.

Treatment for Hives, Cysts, and Dermatitis

  • Hives: Your doctor will prescribe you either an over-the-counter or a prescription antihistamine
  • Cysts: Some cysts need to get drained, others may even require surgery depending on the size and location
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: You can use over-the-counter medicated and prescription shampoos to treat this

General Treatment

Let’s take a look at a few general treatments to help you:

  • A diet rich in micronutrients and protein helps boost your immunity and fight allergies and other conditions
  • Drinking adequate amount of water to detoxify the body helps as well
  • Over-the-counter shampoos that contain salicylic acid, ciclopirox, zinc pyrithione, tar, selenium sulphide, and ketoconazole can help you as well
  • Oiling your scalp and keeping it moisturized is also known to be effective in treating itchy bumps on scalp

Home Remedies for Itchy Bumps on Scalp

Finally, let’s take a look at some effective home remedies:

  • Using tea tree oil diluted with a carrier oil helps you moisturize your scalp and kills the bacteria
  • Lavender essential oil is also a good choice to help you reduce the inflammation and itchiness
  • Rosemary oil has antibacterial properties which help treat infection
  • A hair mask of oatmeal: Soak some oatmeal in water for 15 minutes. Add a few drops of Lavender and Rosemary oil and mix it. Apply it on your head your head for 30 minutes and wash it off. This will relieve you of the dryness and itchiness
  • Massaging some lime juice on your scalp can help cure the itchy bumps on your scalp as well as dandruff
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is another thing you can apply to your hair after shampooing them to help get rid of dandruff and itchy bumps

Although itchy bumps on scalp respond well to home remedies, I will advise you to get them looked into by your general physician to rule out cancer or allergies.

Here’s a mask that will help as well:

Over To You

Itchy bumps on the scalp are irritating and embarrassing.

However, they are caused due to several reasons, and it is important to know why you have these bumps to treat them.

While these mostly go away on their own or by using home remedies, I still recommend you to see a physician to rule out some serious diseases. After all, it is your body, and you should take good care of yourself.

Even if it’s something as minor as bumps on your scalp.

Still, have any questions? Let me know in the comments!


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Written by herbalfoo staff

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  1. I have been suffering from weird itchy sensations that vary in degree. On my snap the itch becomes intense and I get small bumps that come and go. On my body I get really bad itching than can produce red patches of skin and at times it feels like I have things crawling on me. I get itchy tiny bumps on the base of my spine and they also come and go. I can develope itchy bumps in my forearm in seconds and minutes later they are gone. This is driving me insane and at times I cannot sleep well. What can I do. I have gone too doctors and get the run-around. Help!

  2. I came here because:

    I have long thick relatively wavey hair and was told by a stylist that i have “oily scalp and dry hair”.

    I changed a few things in my care regime and try to stay away from 2 n 1s , I don’t use product , and I don’t wash my hair everyday (between 2 and 3 times a week). It’s rare for even dry shampoo if there’s not enough time to wash I.just don’t.

    I don’t hair every day because of the thickness/different textures and the lack of water pressure we have in our city house that buildup can clump in my hair. I’ve started getting dry dandruff looking flake near my hairline in my forehead as well as bumps (most likely acne due to oil and buildup I would guess). So recently I decided to shell out for a good “medicated” shampoo and also bought baby shampoo thinkimg it would be easier to rinse out of my hair.
    Now my scalp feels even dryer (my hair itself is soft!!) and I’m getting more of those bumps mostly in the part of my hair and I have a very bad habit of picking at them even though I know it’s counter attuative I want them gone but all I’m doing is making my head bleed and not getting rid of them.
    I still have the build up. I still have the bumps and because my scalp still itches I come across the bumps and the cycle continues.

    Can you suggest **anything** other than a drs visit (this is written during covid 19 no Drs are taking new patients).
    Anything would help at this point. Thank you so much

  3. Thank you so much for your Article!!! I have been dealing with these types of symptoms. I went to my Dr’s, and was told it’s normal, everybody gets them use medicated shampoo. That didn’t work. I have been so Embarrassed about this situation!! I am Grateful for your cure!!❤🙏🇺🇸

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