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What causes sore spots on head with a history of temporal arteritis?

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cause of sore spots on head/scalp. history of temporal arteritis and brain aneurysm-mother
Posted Wed, 19 Feb 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing to us. These sore spots do not seem to be related with arteritis or aneurysm. These could be due to seborrheic dermatitis or any infection( fungal bacterial) or any eczema. I would like to know since how long its present If the areas are itchy Any associated dandruff or boils or any infestation like lice infestation Also if possible please send me an image of affected area. Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care
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Follow-up: What causes sore spots on head with a history of temporal arteritis? 10 minutes later
these are just sore spots.there are no rashes.they feel like bruises,but there are no spots at all.sore to the touch. usually behind right ear.they recur at no particular time or problem.pressure or massage of spots often causes it to feel better
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 2 days later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hi, Firstly accept my apologies for delayed response. So you have sore spots without any skin rash. As no dryness, irritation flakiness, red rashes or bumps are present it virtually rules out any underlying skin condition. However now such sore spots could be there due to post herpes neuralgia( if there is any history of herpes zoster), herpes sine zoster( if its of recent onset). Other possibilties could be nummular headache or due to traction present due to excessively tight tying of hair. Nummular headache is usually seen in females after fourth or fifth decade and causes painful localised spots over scalp. Temporal arteritis though runs in family involves one side of scalp around temples and causes a throbbing pain. It may present as sore spots over scalp. A thickened artery or vessel may also be seen on temple. To diagnose the underlying cause, you need to consult a physician. Hope this helped. Take care
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