Suffering from an itchy scalp is very annoying and embarrassing especially when you’re outside in a public place, right? Itchy scalp is a condition, also known as scalp pruritus.

Reasons for Itchy Scalp

In general, we think an itchy scalp means we have a dandruff problem. But we might be wrong because there are several underlying itchy scalp causes. 

1. Dandruff

We all know about dandruff right and the resulting white flakes after we scratch our scalp.  Dandruff can be treated easily and if left untreated, in rare cases it can cause hair loss. 

How to treat it?

Treatment for dandruff includes anti-dandruff itchy scalp shampoos, creams prescribed by dermatologists. Some home remedies are effective as well. 

2. Head Lice

There is a misconception that lice infestation is possible only on a dirty head of hair. Lice can infect any type of hair. According to Dr. Piliang, head lice prefer clean hair. If you look closely into your scalp and see tiny white bits that look similar to dandruff, then it might be the bug eggs. 

How to treat it?

Head lice treatment can be done at home itself by using lice removing shampoos and other related products.

3. Scalp Ringworm

Don’t get alarmed by the word “worm” in the name because the infection is not caused by worms. Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes red rashes on your skin. People suffering from severe ringworm on the scalp may witness bald patches on their scalps. 

How to treat it?

If you think you are suffering from this condition, then it is highly advisable to visit a certified dermatologist for treatment. 

4. Allergic Reaction

If you have recently applied any hair products and after application, you are suffering from an itchy scalp, then it might be an allergic reaction to the product.

The main culprit behind the allergic reaction caused by the usage of hair products is the presence of a chemical called Para-phenylenediamine especially in black hair dyes. In most cases, allergic reaction due to hair products causes a condition known as allergic contact dermatitis which makes your scalp itchy and red with rashes. People who dye their dyes are more prone to this condition.

How to treat it?

The first step to fix the allergic reaction is to avoid using the product which is causing the itchiness. For immediate recovery, you can apply anti-allergic ointments and medications. 

5. Scalp Psoriasis

It is an autoimmune disease that causes dry, reddish, silvery-white scaly patches on your scalp. This disease in severe conditions may even spread beyond your scalp to your neck and ears. The exact reason for the development of scalp psoriasis is unknown. However, people who suffer from this condition are most possibly due to genetic reasons. 

How to treat it?

Scalp psoriasis treatment is possible with the help of a dermatologist’s advice and medication. Doctors usually prescribe itchy scalp shampoos containing salicylic acid, coal tar, or any topical cortisone to deal with this condition. 

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6. Folliculitis

This is a quite common condition that causes inflammation in your hair follicles. Folliculitis is caused due to bacterial or fungal infection. People suffering from this condition may witness temporary hair loss along with the itchiness of the scalp. Initially, folliculitis looks like a rash and small red itchy bumps or yellow or white-colored pimples appear on the scalp. As the condition progresses, the bumps transform into red crusty sores. 

How to treat it?

Folliculitis can be self-treated with the use of antibiotics or any antibacterial or antifungal medication. 

Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic Dermatitis

7. Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic eczema or eczema is a condition that causes the skin to appear reddish and itchy. Usually, atopic dermatitis occurs in children but it can occur in adults as well. As a result of this condition, the skin becomes dry and scaly followed by itchiness. Although there is no direct link with hair loss, due to excessive itching may lead to hair loss.

How to treat it?

There is no proper treatment for atopic dermatitis as of now. However, it is advisable to visit a dermatologist for guidance and any possible itchy scalp treatment. 

So, these were some of the causes of an itchy scalp. Apart from these, other causes of an itchy scalp are diabetes, skin cancer, anxiety disorder, shingles, discoid lupus, scarring alopecia, nerve problems. If you are suffering from a persistent itchy scalp and you are not able to co-relate properly with any of the above conditions, then I would suggest you visit a well-certified dermatologist.

Take care♥

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