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I have had these bumps on top and left part of scalp for a

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I have had these bumps on top and left part of scalp for a couple of months now. They tend to itch and it looks as if I have dandruff but if I scratch too much it's like pus is coming out of the bumps as if they are pimples. Dermatitis maybe? Allergic reaction? Would stress have anything to do with it? I've been going through a lot of stressful things in life for the past year and I've already had some minor issues with that like my right eye constantly twitching and two migraines within two weeks of each other (back in early May). I also have not changed my shampoo/conditioner or any other hair products that I have used.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.

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The most likely cause of your eye symptoms is called myokymia. Myokymia is an involuntary, local twitching of a few muscle fibers in the body of a muscle. This twitching, if it occurs in a limb, is not strong enough to actually move a joint but can be felt and sometimes seen as an area of quivering.

Myokymia commonly involves the eyelids and muscles around the orbit. It often appears and resolves for no apparent reason and has not been linked to any underlying significant pathology. What causes myokymia? Studies have shown that it is associated with anxiety, stress, lack of good sleep, high caffeine intake and the use of some drugs.

The best way to treat myokymia is to get more sleep, decrease caffeine intake and decrease stress. The good news is that myokymia is not a sign of serious underlying pathology and often resolves on its own.

Here is an excellent article on this topic:


Dr. Rick :

As far as the bumps on your scalp, this could very well be do to stress. I would try using a shampoo like head and shoulders for a few weeks and see if that helps.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 4 years ago.
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