Got An Itchy Scalp?

Every single one of us have experienced a very itchy scalp sometime in our lives. The itchy condition might have been a short one or a prolonged perennial one, but no one has ever escaped from it. Your itching might have been due to various reasons, because the causes of the condition vary.

Prior to determining how to get rid of your itching scalp, it is mandatory that you find out the root cause of the itch. most of the time, it might be due to any of the conditions listed below, and I can tell you the exact ways to get rid of them, but if you the itching is unbearable, I would prefer you consult a dermatologist.

What are the causes of itchy scalp?

Itchy ScalpI can list out the most common causes of an extremely itchy scalp as below:

  1. Dandruff
  2. Head lice
  3. Dry scalp
  4. Your hair shampoo
  5. Your hair styling gel

Time and again, when people come to me complaining about severe itching in their scalp, I have been able to attribute the same to one of the above, most of the time.

I’ll briefly go through each of them and come to the remedies.

Dandruff, as my regular readers know for sure, is number one among the causes for an itchy scalp. Dandruff has the ability to get the scalp so itchy that you feel like pulling your hair apart. If that is the case, you can find all the info on how to get rid of dandruff here on this site.

Head lice are BAD, REALLY BAD.

An infestation of head lice is the last thing you want to be the cause of your itchy scalp.  This is because, head lice tend to be so stubborn and it’s pretty hard to get rid of. They are tiny, quick, and can spread around like crazy. Though not something serious, head lice infestations can get really bad if not controlled and can affect all those around you, who share living or office space with you. Check for tiny moving insects on your scalp, and if you find any, do get a lice removal done at any head lice treatment center.

Dry scalp is another one of the common scalp problems. Climate plays a major role in the formation of dry scalp, although the use of certain dandruff shampoo and some hair products can cause it. Look for dry skin on other parts of your body to see if it’s local to the scalp alone. Dry scalp can be addressed in a number of ways, including application of a moisturizer to the scalp as well as purchasing a humidifier to increase the humidity of your living space.

As far as shampoos and hair care products are concerned, some people do exhibit allergic reactions to certain ingredients in these products, and altering or stopping your current shampoo or styling gel altogether might prove effective.

Alternately, conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and scalp psoriasis can cause severe itching and hair loss. Proper diagnosis and medical attention by a dermatologist is required in the above cases.

Again, it is different for each individual, and you should try out different methods to diagnose the reason for your scalp itching all over. It is advisable to correctly diagnose the cause before you start on any treatment plan to get rid of your itchy scalp.

How to treat?

Your treatment can start with a shampoo. There is nothing like a best shampoo for itchy scalp, as the treatment methods vary as widely as the causes. Use of some light dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders initially is recommended  since it does have some soothing effects on the skin, and you can get rid of some itching immediately. If the cause is indeed dandruff, please refer to other sections on this website, for exhaustive information to get rid of dandruff using home remedies, natural remedies as well as anti dandruff shampoos.

A scalp massage can help!

A good gentle massage for your scalp every day would increase the circulation to your scalp and make you feel better, and definitely will reduce the itching. Try it, for it is something you can do at absolutely no cost.

One more thing that I always suggest to just about anyone having dandruff and itchy scalp is to stop scratching. Scratching your scalp can actually increase the itching, though it provides a short term relief. Also, scratching leads to minute tears on the scalp, paving the way to further infections.

Prime rule: DO NOT SCRATCH!

If the problem persists for many months or if the symptoms include blisters or hair loss, and is it is accompanied by pain in joints and fatigue, do not hesitate to meet a doctor. These may indicate an underlying more critical condition like an autoimmune disorder or lupus or some issue with the thyroid gland. Do not worry about these if you just got an itchy scalp, but do keep these in mind and act promptly when you feel out off control.

Hope this helped you,


- Mat

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