A skin sore is an ulcer-like cutaneous condition, which is characterized by a spot on the skin where the epidermis is completely absent and sometimes, even parts of the dermis is lacking, thereby exposing parts of the subcutaneous fat layer and inner tissues. Skin sores are often very painful and sensitive. A burning sensation is usually experienced whenever the sore comes in contact with any foreign particle such as a chemical or water.
Sores on any part of the skin can be caused by a number of reasons. Prominent among these are bacterial, viral or fungal infections, skin wounds that do not heal properly as the tissue damage is too great, constant rubbing or chaffing of a part of the skin, allergic reaction to any chemical or cosmetic product, etc.
So, what are weeping sores and why do sores tend to become like this? Well, a sore is said to weep when continuous discharge of liquid keeps seeping from it. The liquid may be clear as well as clouded, the latter case indicating the presence of pus cells in the liquid discharge. So, what causes weeping sore on scalp and how can it be managed? The following segment deals with the details of this issue.
Details Regarding Weeping Sore on Scalp
Weeping bumps on scalp, sores or any other similar condition occurring anywhere on the scalp can be an extremely uncomfortable and harrowing experience. Due to the presence of dense hair on the scalp, these cutaneous conditions do not get sufficient air and conditions often worsen due to accumulation of dirt and sweat around these ulcerous areas.
Especially, if the condition is accompanied by continuous discharge of liquid from the site, it makes things all the more uneasy as this liquid, which is mostly contaminated with infectious agents, gets stuck to the surrounding hair, drying up therein and often forming into crusts. This makes for an even better breeding ground for microbes which further infest the sore and surrounding region. All this just makes things worse for the subject.
A painful sore on scalp that weeps clear or cloudy liquid can be caused by any of the following conditions:
- Tinea capitis infection, commonly known as ringworm, is a fungal infection that is most often responsible for the appearance of weeping scalp sores. The sores get bigger when the subject scratches the scalp to get relief from the itchy feel that accompanies ringworm infection.
- Overactive sebaceous glands in the scalp can cause some serious mischief in the form of scalp acne breakouts, flaking and dandruff, all of which lead to itching. This often damages the scalp skin, resulting in open wounds that turn into painful, weeping sores.
- Bacterial infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes can often result in the occurrence of skin sores or lesions. These germs enter the skin through scratches or topical wounds, infecting the wound and causing them to seep pus or infected serum.
- Viral skin infections such as chickenpox and shingles cause bumps and rashes on the skin that can turn into weeping wounds if scratched or rubbed roughly to ease irritation to the skin.
This and similar conditions can be treated by applying natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatory agents such as sandalwood paste and turmeric paste, chamomile oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, etc. These oils and pastes will not only kill the bacteria, fungus or yeast responsible for the infection but will also soothe the sores and relieve the pain, burning sensation and itchy feeling.
However, these are temporary treatment measures that are effective for imparting short-term relief. In any case, where you notice sore spots on the scalp or any other part of the skin, whether or not they weep, the best recourse is to consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. Strictly follow the medication and treatment course that the dermatologist prescribes to get complete and effective relief.
Before I sign off, let me share an important tip with you - this type of cutaneous condition, especially if it's caused by a microbial infection, gets worse in conditions of physical and mental stress. So, to get better results from your treatment, accompany it with lots of rest, nutritious food and mental relaxation. Take care!