Not only is an itchy scalp uncomfortable, it can also be embarrassing especially in public settings. To treat an itchy scalp, it’s best to get to the root of the problem first and find out what could be causing it, whether it’s a simple case of dandruff or something worse.
What causes an itchy scalp?
Many conditions can be responsible for your itchy scalp. Before you stop the itch, here are the more common culprits and tips on how to treat them:
Contrary to popular belief, dandruff actually has little to do with dry skin. These white flakes are caused by the overproduction of skin cells on your scalp, triggered whenever stress is put on your immune system.
Treatment: an anti-dandruff shampoo can help regulate skin cell production. For more severe cases, a doctor can prescribe a stronger formulated hair solution.
- Head lice
Think head lice is the result of poor hygiene? These nasty critters are actually attracted to clean hair. Watch out for the presence of nits or eggs on your strands. They look similar to dandruff, but unlike the white flakes, lice cannot be easily shaken off because they stick to the hair shaft.
Treatment: Head lice and eggs can be removed with a fine-toothed comb. You can also treat it with over-the counter shampoos that contain permethrin or malathion.
- Tinea capitis (ringworm)
This is a type of fungal infection that infects the scalp. Tinea capitis extends deep into the hair follicle, resulting in round patches of hair loss that increase in size over time. Rashes may appear raised and with black spots, or a stubbly appearance.
Treatment: Consult your doctor, who may prescribe anti-fungal medications to resolve tinea capitis.
This condition is an autoimmune disease characterized by raised, reddish, scaly patches on the skin or scalp. Experts believe psoriasis is hereditary rather than communicable.
Treatment: Your doctor may recommend shampoos and hair medication with salicylic acid or tar.
To be certain, it’s always best to see your dermatologist about your scalp concerns. In the meantime, you also need to be smart with the hair products you use. Moringa-O2’s hair care system harnesses the natural benefits of Malunggay, Olive Oil and Sunflower Oil, making it safe and gentle on your scalp.