The term used for hairline bumps in medical science is scalp folliculitis. This condition is not only a cosmetic annoyance for the patient, but is extremely discomforting and itchy. Usually in this skin disorder, pimple like bumps erupt on the margin of scalp due to invasion of microorganisms in hair follicle; most of them are bacteria and fungi.
At the onset, bumps are red and inflamed; later on the lesions turn yellow and filled with pus. Several bumps may develop at the same time on the hairline. Follicular bumps can develop anywhere on the body where hair grows. However, hair follicles on scalp are predominantly affected due to density of hair on the scalp area.
The bumps on hairline can be due to bacterial infection or they may be just pimples due to excess production of oil in the hair follicle. Mostly the lesions are seen on the frontal area, but they can also occur on the back in the occipital hairline.
What Causes Bumps On Hairline?
Bumps on hairline can develop in any individuals but it is more common in adults.
The other common cause is bacterial and fungal infection in the hair roots. The microorganisms can seep into the follicle when oil gland is blocked. The bacteria mainly triggering this condition is staphylococcus aureus.
Hormonal changes, excessive use of cosmetics, use of hair dyes etc can also lead to hairline bumps on scalp and forehead. Eruption on hairline after applying hair dye occurs due an allergic reaction to the dye. Bacterial infection can worsen the condition and in severe cases, it may also lead to permanent hair loss and scarring on the forehead hairline.
Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Bumps On Hairline
Majority cases of mild to moderate hairline bumps heal without any specific treatment within one week. However if the bumps are caused due to bacteria and fungus infection you may have to treat the condition with antibacterial and anti-fungal therapy.
There are several home remedies which help to shorten the healing time and alleviate the discomforting symptoms.
- Wash your hair and scalp with a shampoo at least three times in a week if you are suffering from hairline bumps. In case if the underlying cause is found to be a fungus infiltration, washing your hair with anti fungus shampoo is extremely beneficial.
- Tea tree oil is a time tested home remedy used since ages for treating fungal and bacterial infections. Add few drops of tea tree oil in normal shampoo. Wash your hair and scalp with this shampoo three times in a week.
- Applying warm compresses containing a mixture of water and vinegar is beneficial in alleviating itching. It also enhances the healing process.
- Aloe Vera gel has all the healing properties to alleviate itching and irritation produced by bumps on hairline. Apply liberally once or twice in a day.
- Bumps on hairline that persist for a prolonged period of time require medical attention. You have to consult your doctor for treatment. He may prescribe antibiotics and anti-fungal ointments. In severe cases of staphylococcus infection, he may prescribe oral antibiotics.