How do I recognise a scalp infection?

Should you suspect that you have a scalp infection, look out for these signs: 18

  • Clusters of small red bumps or white-headed pimples that develop around hair follicles.
  • Pus-filled blisters that break open and crust over.
  • Red and inflamed skin.
  • Itchy or burning skin.
  • Tenderness or pain.
  • A large swollen bump or mass.
  • Itchy, scaly, bald patches on the head.
  • Stubborn, itchy dandruff.
  • Lesions on your scalp.
  • Scaling.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have a bacterial or fungal infection on the scalp. Seek the advice of a doctor or pharmacist if your condition is widespread, if symptoms have worsened or haven’t improved after a few days.