With the summer season and hot weather just around the corner, many people are experiencing dry and itchy scalp. In some case it may be temporary and may be seasonal. However if you find your self constantly scratching your head and becomes irritating, one needs to find out the cause for the itching and dryness. There are many conditions that could cause dry and itching scalp. Before start any treatment, it is a good idea to see a specialist to find the cause for the itching and get advise for the treatment options.
The most common causes of itching and dry scalp are Dandruff, Seborrheic dermatitis, Psoriasis, Tinea capitis, Lice, and allergic reactions. Here are some of the reasons one may experience these conditions and some of the treatment option.
1. Allergic Reaction
Some products such as peroxide for hair coloring may cause eczema and atopic dermatitis. In this case stop using the product and avoid using chemicals that may cause the allergic reaction. Once you stop using the product the itchiness will go away gradually.
This is more common in younger kids and school children, but adults may also come in contact with Lice. In this case Lice shampoo will gradually get rid of the lice and the eggs attached to the root of the hair.
3. Tinea capilas
This is a fungal infection which can infect the scalp and cause round patches of hairloss which increase in size gradually. These fungal infection can go deep into the hair follicle, therefore oral fungal medication is usually necessary to get rid of the infection. You need to see a hair loss specialist to verify the cause of the infection and prescribe the proper medications.
This is autoimmune problem which can cause scaly patches both on the skin and on the scalp. The cause for Psoriasis is still not clearly understood but it could be predisposed genetic condition. To control psoriasis, there are some OTC medicated shampoos containing tar or salicylic acid which can be used. If with the use of shampoos the condition continues and does not get better, it is best to see a hair restoration specialist or a dermatologist for other treatment options.
5. Dandruff and Seborrheic dermatitis
This could caused by ones' inflammatory response to over growth of yeast on the scalp which can cause dryness and itching. Yeast normally grows in the body but there are certain foods and conditions that causes overgrowth of the yeast . To improve the itchiness, it is a good idea to avoid foods that have yeast and have a balanced diet. In mild conditions there are some OTC shampoos containing ZIC and Selenium that may help improve it. If the condition continues and does not improve over time, it is best to see a hair loss specialist or a dermatologist to get a stronger medicated shampoos and other treatment options
If you experience itchiness and dry scalp that does not go away with time and some over the counter shampoos, then it is a good idea to visit a medical doctor to find out the cause of the problem. Once the scalp is examined from close up, then cause is established and the best treatment options can be recommended.
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