Dry and Itchy Scalp Causes
Wondering what causes an itchy scalp in the first place? The following causes are diseases or medical conditions that affect many people around the world.
- Dandruff - Dry material that gets cast off from the scalp
- Neurodermatitis - Thickened itchy skin resulting in constant itching of the scalp
- Allergic reaction or chemical sensitivity - New shampoo, soap, hair color, and other hair care products
- Psoriasis - Common skin condition which leads to red rash on scalp
- Head lice - Infestation of lice in the hair and scalp can be itchy and contagious
- Poor hair care - Dirty, unwashed/mismanaged hair
- Stress - Due to work, home, family, or school pressures
- Scalp sunburn - Sunburn can lead to red, tender & burning scalp
- Scalp acne - Appearing near the hair borders
- Other less common causes - Eczema, ringworm, or lupus
There are many homemade treatments for an itchy scalp and lessen the symptoms. Specific treatments are given for particular reason behind the condition. Consult your doctor before you undergo any type of itchy scalp treatment.
Remedy 1: Are you drinking enough water in a day? On an average and depending on your body size, you should be drinking approximately 6 to 8 glasses of water every day. If you find it difficult to drink water, begin with a small glass at regular intervals, and then increase your intake for the day.
Remedy 2: Apply antifungal shampoo that contains ketoconazole. The ingredient reduced the flaking of the skin and helps control number of yeast cells that are present in the scalp.
Remedy 3: If you find that the scales are stuck to the scalp, then rub some baby oil or olive oil onto the affected area in the scalp. Leave it on for the entire night, wear a scarf or cap to protect your hair, and wash it the following day. Always comb your hair with a clean and soft bristled brush.
Remedy 4: Make a solution with 7 drops of lavender and tea tree oils. Massage the oil in your head and before washing the hair, apply 1 tablespoon of diluted carrier oil.
Remedy 5: In a bowl, add 2 cups of hot water and ½ cup of juniper berries, crushed. Let the mixture cool down and then apply it to the affected areas. This mixture will relieve the inflammation and itch. Leave it in for about 10 minutes and rinse it off.
Precautions to Avoid Itchy Scalp
- Always follow a regular shampooing regime; this will keep the scalp scale-free.
- Harsh shampoos should be avoided. Use hair products that suit your hair type.
- Incorporate a well-balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with regular exercise.
- Avoid consumption of sugar, excessive tea and coffee, candies, soft drinks, pickles, and processed fruits.