" Scalp itch has a variety of causes, from frequent hair washing tin hot water to stress (see below for list ). Itchy scalp causes frequent scratching, which exacerbates the itching. Common causes of an itchy scalp include dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. Trying dandruff shampoos or anti-itch liquids with different active ingredients can help to treat your particular itch. If the condition does not repond to shampoos or treatments, then a visit to a doctor is suggested."
Symptoms of itchy scalp include excessive itching and redness on the scalp. Flakes on clothes, especially in the shoulder area or on the forehead, is also a sign of scratching due to itching.
Diagnosis of itchy scalp can be performed by a doctor when examining the scalp.
Scalp itch treatment depends on the reason for the itch. In the case of dry scalp, using a shampoo specifically for dry hair can reduce the itching, and in reverse, excessively oily hair should be shampooed with shampoo for oily hair.
For dandruff or other flake issues such as seborrheic
, a dandruff
shampoo can be used. Be sure to leave the shampoo on the hair
5 minutes and then rinse. Use the selected shampoo everyday until the
problem is controlled and then reduce to 2x per week.
Treatment can last for several weeks.
It may be necessary to try different dandruff shampoos or skin treatments to treat dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis to determine which works in your particular case. Differences between products are based on their active ingredient as indicated below::
In addition to the shampoo, Maximum Strength Scalpicin (1% hydrocortinsone), an over the counter product, can often provide rellief if the problem is seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis .
Cradle cap is usually treated using mineral oil or baby oil.
Head lice are treated with a special over the counter or
prescription products (malathion, Benzyl alcohol lotion or Lindane
shampoo) and a comb to
dead larvae and eggs. If two people share a bed, both are
treated. The CDC recommends not using a shampoo/conditioner combination
product or to rewash the hair for 1 to 2 days after the lice mediine is
removed from the hair. Over the counter products contain that active
ingredients pyrethrins combined with piperonyl butoxide and are found
in the products Pronto
For sunburn, cool showers or apple cider vinegar can be used to calm the itch.
The key to avoiding scalp itch is to protect the scalp against harsh chemicals or other ingredients that can cause skin irritation. Avoid using super hot water when bathing to avoid washng away natural body oils. Also, try purchasing shampoos that are suited to your hair type.
In the winter, scalp irritants include wool, such as wool hats, dry indoor areas and rooms that are kept above 68 degrees. In summer, wash chlorine off of hair, protect hair with a cap when swimming and avoid sunburn.