Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses the various causes of itchy scalp with ScarySymptoms.com


If you frequently experience an itchy scalp, it could be more than just dandruff. There are many different factors that can contribute, both medical and environmental. In a recent blog post for ScarySymptoms.com called, “Itchy Scalp Causes Include Shampoos, Brushing, Diabetes,” Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares a few leading causes of dry, itchy scalp.

Two of the main causes of itchy scalp are dandruff and allergies, Dr. Joel Schlessinger shares.

Dandruff may be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an itchy scalp. This common chronic scalp condition is often caused by a yeast-like fungus and is marked by dry, flaky skin and mild to intense itching. Dandruff may also be caused by conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, (eczema), and psoriasis.

Allergies to ingredients found in certain shampoos, hair care products and hair dyes can cause an itchy scalp as well, and it is also a common side effect of popular over-the-counter hair regrowth treatments. Because it can be difficult to determine what ingredient might be causing an allergic reaction, or even whether the reaction is caused by an allergy at all, Dr. Schlessinger recommends seeking a patch test from your dermatologist.

Conditions such as diabetes and lupus can cause scalp irritation and itching, as can nerve-related conditions. Lice infestations and certain infections like ringworm can also cause itching. In most cases, an itchy scalp can be treated with special hair care products and topicals, but treatment is not one-size-fits-all, and active ingredients vary greatly depending on condition. It’s important to get examined by an experienced dermatologist in order to determine the cause of an itchy scalp and receive the best treatment.

Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses self-care habits that could contribute to an itchy scalp.

Hair care habits could cause an itchy scalp and flaking. Aggressive hair brushing, whether brushing too much or pressing the bristles into the scalp too hard, can cause irritation. Likewise, not washing hair often enough can create a buildup of product and dead skin cells and cause itching.

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About drjoelschlessinger

Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon based in Omaha, NE.

Posted on May 8, 2015, in Dr. Joel Schlessinger in the Media. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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