An itchy scalp can cause great discomfort and stress. Sometimes, it is accompanied by dandruff, flaky or scabby skin. It may not always be a sign of a medical condition. It’s causes vary from inflamed oil glands, hormonal fluctuations, yeast overgrowth on the skin, season changes.
Another reason why your scalp is itchy could be because of your body’s inflammatory response to a yeast overgrowth. Yeast normally exists anywhere there is hair on the body. If there is an overabundance of yeast, it will lead to itchiness and flakiness.
Medical conditions that could lead to an itchy scalp include: diabetes, shingles, allergies, anxiety, contact dermatitis, lupus, head lice, migraines, psoriasis, ringworm. You should seek medical attention if the itchiness doesn’t go away and is accompanied by hair loss, pain, sores, and intense itchiness. These can’t go away unless you seek treatment.
You can also see a doctor if over-the-counter shampoo doesn’t take the itchiness away.
Washing your hair and scalp with agents like shampoo helps reduce oil on the scalp and kill fungus.
Reduce use of products such as hair dyes, fragrances, chemicals so as to lower the risk of allergic reactions.
To reduce the chances of spreading head lice, avoid sharing combs, brushes, hats, towels, helmets, pillowcases.
Applying mild oils like petroleum jelly can help relieve the scalp of that itchy feeling. You can also ask your dermatologist for anti-itch oils that are suitable for your scalp.
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