Why You Have Itchy Scalp

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Well, there are other scalp concerns than the 'myths' and non-existent conditions of Toppik scalp irritation and Toppik scalp cancer.

Many are concerned, and at the same time embarrassed, by an itchy scalp. If you are suffering from this annoying condition, you are probably wondering what is the cause of the itchiness.

Here are a few causes of an itchy scalp (and of course, as usual ALWAYS consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis of any medical condition).

5 Causes of an Itchy Scalp

1) Lice

A common cause for an itchy scalp, especially among children, is head lice. So, check your head for these nasty critters and their eggs or nits.

Red bumps on your scalp near your ears or nape of your neck and shiny 'dandruff' (which are actually nits) are symptoms of an infested scalp.

Lice are highly contagious and annoying, so get rid of them as quickly as possible.

2) Scalp Psoriasis

This skin condition is more common than you think, and is caused when skin cells are overly produced on the scalp and causes scaling and lesions.

This condition can extend to other parts of your body, but is very treatable. Scalp psoriasis (if not a critical case) can be treated with tar and salicylic acid products among other items.

3) Stress

Stress can cause a number of physical and mental problems, and an itchy scalp is one of them. Dry scalp is often caused by stress from mental over stimulation, physical exertion, work, play, and life in general.

4) Seborrheic Dermatitis

This is a skin condition that very commonly affects the scalp and causes excessive itching and dandruff.

It isn't known what causes seborrheic dermatitis exactly, but this scalp condition is usually treatable with over-the-counter shampoo and hair and scalp products such as Selsun Blue, Head & Shoulders, Meted, and Scalpacin.

5) Eczema

This is a rather broad skin condition term that can refer to a number of rashes and allergic reactions appearing on the skin. Eczema is characterized by patchy looking dry and red irritations on the skin. This is a very irritable, itchy, and sometimes painful skin condition that affects the scalp.

For treatment of eczema, you should consult your doctor.

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