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Itchy scalp


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One of the most annoying and irritating of all things you experience is- when your scalp itches incessantly. So what is causing you to scratch your scalp again and again and how should you get over it? Let’s find out here...


Symptoms associated with itchy scalp

Due to scratching, your scalp would turn red. Children often suffer from lesions and redness in scalp as sensitive skin is wounded.

Flaky dead skin, cracked skin, scaly scalp, red patches, hardened skin, discoloration, etc. are some of other symptoms.

When you scratch your scalp hard, hair loss is inevitable.


What causes itchy scalp?

Following are the reasons that cause itchy scalp. 

  • Dandruff
  • Seborrheic dermatitis happens in oily scalp
  • Head lice
  • Scalp psoriasis
  • Lichen Planus
  • Scalp allergy or contact dermatitis
  • Ring worm infection
  • Folliculitis - bacterial infection in scalp
  • Chicken pox in scalp
  • Allergy from hair care products like dye, sprays 

Most of the aforementioned causes are inflammatory in nature and can occur due to poor hygiene or could be contracted from another individual with similar infection.

Apart from these, your scalp might also itch due to excessive secretion of oils or if you haven’t washed your hair for a few days.


Diagnosis of itchy scalp

You need to see a dermatologist if you have been experiencing severe itching in your scalp and simultaneously experiencing hair loss.

Let your doctor know about your hair care regimen, products that you use or if you had a previous history of scalp infection.

Your doctor will physically examine your scalp and check for symptoms characteristic to that of the specific disease or infection.

You may not need to undergo any diagnostic test for this.


What is the treatment for itchy scalp?

Your doctor will recommend a treatment depending on the kind of infection you are suffering from.

Antimicrobial would be administered for treating bacterial infections while topical steroids for other inflammatory conditions like lichen planus.

Vitamin A, D, and E derivates might also be given. 

Some other composition that helps to get over itchy scalp problems are salicylic acid, coal tar, ketoconazole, Zinc pyrithione, Selenium sulphide, Fluocinolone acetonide, etc.

Furthermore, your doctor would give you some medicated shampoos to get over dandruff and head lice. You also need to stop using that cosmetic that had triggered allergy.


Self care and home remedies for itchy scalp
  • Do not allow dust, oil and grime settle on your hair. Rinse at least every alternate day
  • Wash your hair with a mild shampoo, especially those devoid of sulphates.  
  • Dry your hair completely before tying 
  • Stop sharing hair brushes, combs and towels 
  • If you had yeast infection, then massage your hair regularly with coconut oil 
  • Tea tree oil is antimicrobial. Go for a head massage with tea tree oil to get rid of irritation and itching 
  • Soak some neem leaves in water overnight and wash your hair next day with it. You can also apply neem oil. This heals chicken pox. 
  • If you scalp had been inflamed then apply fresh aloe vera pulp 
  • Dandruff problem is solved with application of lemon juice and coconut oil or apple cider vinegar 
  • Get over stress, anxiety and headache as they are also the culprits behind itchy scalp 
  • Drink at least 10 glasses of water daily to maintain for a problem free scalp 

Lastly, we would suggest you to restrain from scratching your scalp as much as possible because it only aggravates the problem.

Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: March 10, 2014

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