Itchy scalp causes and treatment

WHAT CAUSES ITCHY SCALP? IS IT ECZEMA OR JUST THE WRONG SHAMPOO?

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WHAT CAUSES ITCHY SCALP? IS IT ECZEMA OR JUST THE WRONG SHAMPOO?

2 min read

An itchy scalp could be linked to scalp disorders such as seborrheic dermatitis (scalp eczema), or psoriasis. However, in less severe cases, it is just mild dermatitis (irritated skin) caused by harsh shampoos and too much blow-drying. Follow these simple steps if you suffer from scalp dermatitis:

  • Swap to a gentle shampo
  • Avoid using exfoliant treatment shampoos (keratolytic shampoos)
  • Ensure you rinse hair thoroughly after washing
  • Blow-dry and style hair gently
  • Avoid too much stress where possible
Itchy scalp causes and treatment
Itchy scalp causes and treatment

1. CAUSES OF ITCHY SCALP INCLUDE SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS HERPETIFORMIS, PSORIASIS OR EVEN NITS

What is the best treatment for an itchy scalp? Read on for the dermatologist’s view.

Dermatologists will first examine the scalp to see if it displays seborrheic dermatitis (also known as scalp eczema), psoriasis , or any other skin condition. These scalp problems will show extensive redness and scaling of the skin. Dermatologists will also check for lice, which will also cause redness and irritation.

 

2. PRIMARILY SCALP DERMATITIS IS CAUSED BY SHAMPOO AND BLOW-DRYING SHAMPOO AND BLOW-DRYING

Dermatologists most often find simple, fine and adherent dandruff with a little redness. This skin irritation is caused by a reaction to external products.

Your dermatologist will ask how often you wash your hair and what type of shampoo you use. Washing your hair frequently with an inappropriate shampoo can cause chronic irritation, a source of itchiness. This becomes a vicious circle as scratching the scalp provokes inflammation. Drying hair with a very hot hair dryer can also harm the scalp. And don’t underestimate stress, which often triggers itchiness.

 

3. TREAT THE CAUSE OF SCALP ECZEMA FIRST

Extremely effective treatments for scalp eczema and seborrheic dermatitis exist and include anti-fungal shampoos and topical steroids.

 

4. SENSITIVE SCALPS NEED REGULAR GENTLE CARE

 

If the source of irritation is external, it is key to use a gentle shampoothoroughly rinse the hair and only use exfoliant (keratolytic) shampoo rarely. After shampooing you can also apply cosmetic products that soothe overly sensitive scalps. Treat hair very gently when Blow-drying and styling hair. Dermatologists also advise avoiding stressful situations as stress can trigger increased sensitivity.

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