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Scalp Lesion

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What do I need to know about a scalp lesion?

A scalp lesion is a bump, blister, growth, or scaly patch. A lesion can also be an area of skin with a different color or texture than the skin around it. You can have a lesion anywhere on your scalp. It may itch, bleed, hurt, or be filled with fluid. Your hair may break off or come out around your scalp lesion.

What can cause a scalp lesion?

The cause of a scalp lesion may not be known, or it may be caused by any of the following:

How is a scalp lesion diagnosed?

A scalp lesion is diagnosed by your healthcare provider looking at your scalp. A sample of fluid from your lesion may show bacteria, a virus, or a fungus. A biopsy may show if your scalp lesion is caused by cancer.

How are scalp lesions treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your skin lesion. You may need medicine to treat a fungal or bacterial infection. You may also need medicated shampoos and creams to treat your scalp lesions. You may need to have light therapy. Surgery may be needed to remove the lesion.

How can I manage my scalp lesion?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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