Itchy Scalp Treatment

Are you searching for dry and itchy scalp treatment? Then look no further as the article shows you various causes and treatments for dry and itchy scalp.
Everyone desires hair that is soft, smooth, silky, and glossy. And the worst nightmare for a healthy hair desire would be itching scalp. The scalp generally becomes irritated and scratchy, which tends to leave us embarrassed in public. As the major reasons behind itchy scalp would be dandruff, head lice, and mismanaged hair, there are certain diseases that can also cause scalp problems. There are many over-the-counter medications and home remedies for itchy scalp. So before we see how to cure itchy scalp, take a look at some common causes first.

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
Treatment for Dry and Itchy Scalp

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.
You don't have to suffer from itchy scalp as there are many simple remedies which do not have any side effects. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars at the pharmacy, why not try some remedies that are healthy, inexpensive, and natural. Consult your doctor before you begin with any kind of scalp treatments, because he/she can provide a valuable advice. Your specific scalp conditions will be discussed by your doctor and correct form of scalp treatments will be proposed.
By Sheetal Mandora
Published: 4/26/2010
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