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Before going to a vet have you tried lice medication over the counter? Lice are quite common in travelers from staying in different environments. Different areas may have different lice.
Mites are also possible but mites are less common to cause bumps on the scalp and though they will cause a lot of itching, the bumps are a less likely reaction.
Do you have a picture of these by any chance?
It's not scabies and it's not bed bugs, those wouldn't present in that manner.
Lice will crawl around and they are fast movers. They can lay eggs and they cause intense itching, worse at night. Bleeding can occur.
The good news is that lice are easy to get rid of. Over the counter lice medication and soaps and shampoos are a good start and lice combs are another fantastic alternative or addition to the medication.
It may take some time to get rid of them since you have had them for some time but it's important to start on this.
Another condition that causes hard bumps on the scalp is epidermoid cysts which you can look up online. These bumps are not painful, they are very firm and usually don't change much over a few years but can spontaneously go away.
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