What causes an itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp

An itchy scalp can be caused by a variety of factors ranging from skin conditions to environmental influences. Here are some common causes:

1. Dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis)

  • Symptoms: Flaky, white to yellowish scales on the scalp.
  • Causes: Overgrowth of yeast called Malassezia, oily skin, stress, hormonal changes, or cold, dry weather.

2. Dry Scalp

  • Symptoms: Flaking similar to dandruff, but flakes are smaller and drier.
  • Causes: Lack of moisture due to cold weather, excessive washing, or the use of harsh hair products.

3. Psoriasis

  • Symptoms: Red, scaly patches that can be itchy and sore.
  • Causes: An immune system issue where skin cells build up rapidly, forming scales and dry patches.

4. Allergic Reactions (Contact Dermatitis)

  • Symptoms: Red, itchy, and inflamed scalp.
  • Causes: Allergens in hair products, such as shampoos, conditioners, or hair dyes.

5. Head Lice-Itchy Scalp

  • Symptoms: Intense itching, visible nits (lice eggs) on hair shafts.
  • Causes: Infestation of tiny insects called lice that feed on blood from the scalp.

6. Scalp Infections

  • Symptoms: Redness, itching, and sometimes oozing or crusting.
  • Causes: Bacterial or fungal infections, such as ringworm.

7. Hair Products and Treatments– Itchy Scalp

  • Symptoms: Itching, burning, or irritation after use.
  • Causes: Chemicals in hair dyes, bleaches, and styling products can irritate the scalp.

8. Hormonal Changes

  • Symptoms: Itchy scalp, sometimes accompanied by other symptoms like hair thinning.
  • Causes: Hormonal imbalances during pregnancy, menopause, or due to thyroid problems.

9. Stress

  • Symptoms: Increased scalp sensitivity and itching.
  • Causes: Stress can exacerbate underlying conditions like psoriasis or eczema.

10. Poor Hygiene

  • Symptoms: Itchy scalp with potential buildup of sweat and oils.
  • Causes: Infrequent washing leading to accumulation of sebum and dirt.

11. Sunburn

  • Symptoms: Red, sore, and peeling skin on the scalp.
  • Causes: Overexposure to the sun without adequate protection.

12. Autoimmune Diseases

  • Symptoms: Varies depending on the condition, but often includes itching and inflammation.
  • Causes: Diseases like lupus or lichen planopilaris.

Managing and Treating Itchy Scalp

  • Identify and Avoid Triggers: Pay attention to products or practices that may be causing irritation.
  • Proper Hair Care: Use unfragranced shampoos, avoid excessive washing, and maintain good hygiene.
  • Moisturize: Use conditioners and scalp treatments designed to add moisture.
  • Treat Infections and Infestations: Seek appropriate treatments for lice, fungal, or bacterial infections.
  • Consult a Healthcare Professional: For persistent or severe cases, a dermatologist can provide diagnosis and treatment options.

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