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What’s Causing an Itchy Scalp

Published on November 1, 2019

What’s Causing an Itchy Scalp

At any given point in time, there is always one part of your body that itches.

The above statement may not have a real scientific grounding or even explanation; it’s just a common saying that started off on the internet. It’s also one of those ‘facts’ that leave you thinking “wow that’s true, something or the other is always itching but I just didn’t notice it.”

It’s interesting how the human mind and body work. Itching is a defense mechanism of the body; it also triggers a positive response, translating into pleasure. Itching that scratch can bring immense relief and sometimes even sheer joy. People truly are fascinating creatures.

But not all itches are positive sensations.

Itching as a nuisance

Itching can very fast go from being a positive, somewhat pleasurable action to one that leads to pain, sores, wounds and irritation. There’s a lot that could go wrong with excessive, persistent itching.

In fact, it can lead to a lot of sensitivity in the area and needs attention. Areas of the body such as the scalp can be incredibly sensitive and get affected by constant itching easily.

What causes an itchy scalp?

An itchy scalp can be caused by a variety of reasons and caused by different conditions, so if you feel like it’s getting bad and hard to control, you might want to visit a physician for a checkup.

Some of the most common causes for an itchy scalp are:

1)Dandruff

Dandruff is caused by excess shedding of the skin of your scalp. It can be linked to over or under production of oil and sebum in the scalp and can be quite the nuisance.

2)Psoriasis and eczema

These are skin conditions that cause excessive dryness and red, itchy rashes and sores along the scalp. They usually require special medical attention and topical creams and medication to manage, but can be a cause for itchiness and pain.

3)Allergy

Not just a general allergy, but a specific reaction to hair products such as hair dye, shampoo and other treatments and chemicals can take a toll on your hair’s health. When reacting with the scalp, a lot of substances can cause irritation and itching sensations, which are worth getting checked out if symptoms persist.

4)Lice

These are common culprits when it comes to an itchy scalp, given that lice live on your scalp and feed off it. If you feel crawling and tingling on your scalp, alongside an itch that won’t go away, you might want to visit one of our lice centers in New York.

There could be a range of causes for an itchy scalp including sweat and heat, or just dryness. Just to be sure, drop by our lice clinics for a checkup and if needed, a professional lice removal service. Contact us today!

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