A Guide to the Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Itchy Scalp

Author: Miawadsworth

Possible and common causes of Itchy Scalp  Contact dermatitis is one of the common causes of scalp problems. The use of soaps, shampoos or hair products containing alcohol often causes itchy scalp.

Seborrheic dermatitis another common cause of itchy scalp is known as cradle cap in infants and dandruff in adults. It often leads to dry scalp problems. Cradle cap affects many babies during the first three months of life. Dandruff is much common in adolescents.   Psoriasis a common skin condition is a cause of red rashes on the scalp. The affected skin usually thickens with a layer of silvery scaling. It is common to 4% of the total population. It also affects the skin of the elbows, the knees and genitals. Head louse is a significant cause of itchy scalp problems in children. It spreads from one to another through close contact. Lice cause an itching sensation at the back of the head and behind the ears.  Sunburn, poor hair care, hair dye allergy, reaction to hair products, tinea, eczema and lupus are some of the scalp problems that can bother you always.

Symptoms of Itchy Scalp Problems Psoriasis of the scalp manifests some symptoms like shedding of dead cells as dandruff. White flakes are larger and more distinct when the scalp is affected with psoriasis. Plaques with itching or scratching sensation behind the ears or at the back of the head are common symptoms of psoriasis on the neck.   Inflammation is the most common symptom of psoriasis when it affects the earlobes with itchy scalp. The skin on the back of the earlobe becomes delicate. There are also some symptoms of scalp problems caused by psoriasis at the hair parting line and on the hairline. Inflammation of the hair follicles is much common. Symptoms of scalp problems when caused by lice include itchy scalp with red bite marks.               Treatment for Dry and Itchy Scalp Problems Using herbal oils is a natural treatment for itchy scalp. Natural treatment with herbal remedies alters the pictures of scalp problems by providing nourishment to the affected scalp. Here are some natural and herbal oils for the effective treatment of itchy scalp.

Neem – The oil made from the extract of neem leaves is the most effective and efficient of natural oils for itchy scalp. Neem is an excellent insecticide and fungicide. It removes the symptoms of scalp problems at a blow. It not only soothes the scalp but also promotes hair growth.     Zinc Pyrithione – It is rich in anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Such scalp disorders as dandruff, psoriasis, seborrheic, dermatitis and eczema are treated with this natural product.    Tea Tree – Tea tree herbal oil provides a natural treatment for itchy scalp caused by lice, sebaceous and dandruff. It enlivens the scalp cells and nourishes hair follicles to work against itchy scalp.   Basil – It is meant for itchy scalp with oily hair. It also promotes hair growth.   Clary sage – All sorts of hair dandruffs are treated with this natural oil.

Chamomile – It makes the hair shine in addition to removing itchy scalp.   Lemon – It is good for oily hair. It is a natural scalp treatment against lice, sebaceous glands and dandruff.   Lavender – It removes itchiness a symptom of itchy scalp that is caused by dandruff and lice.   Jojoba – It works as a natural scalp moisturizer. It helps keep sebum in balance.   Rose – The oil made from the extract of rose is soothing in case of scalp problems.   Other natural oils with a content rich in herbal properties are Myrrh, Peppermint, Patchouli, Rosemary and Ylang-ylang.

Besides aforementioned natural oils, many non-toxic shampoos are there. Non-toxic shampoos are low in chemicals but high in nourishing properties. Frequent application of these herbal shampoos nourishes the scalp and condition the hair to keep away scalp problems. You can also use the a€œSoothing Scalp Remedya€ liquid, which is enriched with the natural extracts of lavender, rosemary, jojoba oil, neem oil and tea tree oil. This is a perfect natural treatment for itchy scalp problems.  Diagnostic Tests for Itchy scalp   In severe cases of scalp problems, diagnostic tests become necessary. Diagnostic tests are a medical inspection to determine the severity of itchy scalp and the treatment it requires. Go through a skin examination that carefully checks if eggs of Pediculus humanus Capitus or head lice are glued to the hair shafts. Itchy skin rash has some characteristics like macular, pustular, popular, bullous, vesicular and scaly. A notice of these characteristics through a diagnostic test helps you find out the cause of scalp problems. A popular or macular rash suggests exfoliative dermatitis and eczema, a pustular rash denotes to fungal skin infection or staphylococcus, a bullous or vesicular rash suggests dermatitis herpetiformis and chicken pox and a scaly rash denotes to psoriasis, dandruff, seborrhoiec dermatitis and pityriasis capitis.

Itchy scalp is a common skin infection. It is an infection of the scalp. Scalp problems may be itchy and dry. They are not a matter of concern, if they are properly taken care of with some herbal oil or medicinal ointment. If left untreated, scalp problems may grow severe. To do away with them is in your hand. Some precautionary measures like cleaning the hair properly, rubbing the scalp gently, using a soft shampoo and avoiding using chemically rich hair products can help you keep away itchy scalp problems.

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About the Author

Mia Wadsworth who founded www.DryItchyScalpRemedies.com to help hundreds of sufferers of Itchy Scalp , Dry Scalp, dandruff & other scalp conditions relieve & eliminate their condition fast for good. After curing her own painful condition using her own remedy for dry itchy scalp, Mia now helps sufferers learn what causes itchy scalp, other scalp infections how to use powerful home remedies & dry itchy scalp treatments to regain confidence & beautiful shiny hair.

 

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7 Comments on Pictures Of Lupus Rash

  1. The One says:

    Lupus Rash or other type of rash?
    Is there any other condition that causes a rash around the sides of the nose?

    I had this during the summer, it would get worse when i was outside in the sun, one day when I went to the pool it was really really noticeable. I always have a redness around the nose, I have seen pictures of the butterfly rash from Lupus and it seems so similar, I do have other symptoms like joint pain (was told I had arthritis as a child but couldn’t see another doctor about it), I do have fatigue but I thought maybe its because I’m underweight from losing weight when I found out I had Celiac (an autoimmune disorder)

    • Kitty says:

      The only way to know for sure is to see a Rheumatologist to confirm. They will look at your rash and run blood work such as an ANA, (anti-nucleur antibody) if it is a high positive, you have a very good chance of having Lupus. Rosasia (sp?) can look similiar which is just an adult form of acne. Even somebody very fair and sensitive to sun may get a rash. So see the Rheumie and GOOD LUCK!!

  2. Melissa F says:

    Please Help Me! I’ve Had An Itchy Rash That Has Lasted Four Months. Lupus Rash?
    I’ve had a rash that started on my upper back that appeared after tanning one night. I’ve tanned before and never had this happen so I didn’t think it could be the tanning bed. Well I continued to tan and the rash begin to spread to my chest and then down my arms and on top of my hands. Then it spread over my cheekbones and over the bridge of my nose. It only appears in sun exposed areas. It’s stings, and itches and feels like it has a fever. It’s dry, scaly and shiny looking. I’ve spoken to several doctors and they all blame the tanning bed even though it’s been several weeks since I’ve been in one. When I get into the sun or around heat it seems to flare up more. From the pictures I’ve seen on the internet it resembles the lupus rash, especially the one on my face. I’ve had almost every symptom of lupus with other problems I’ve had but it seems like lupus rashes are not itchy nor do they have fever like mine. I’m a white female and I’m 28 years old. I’m also starting to see white spots all over my skin where the rash is present, like sun spots. I’ve tried-benadryl, hydrocortisone, bactriban, neosporin, nystatin, and various other anti-histammines etc. nothing relieves the itch or burn. This is driving me mad and becoming very bothersome. If anyone could please help me I would appreciate dearly. Thanks

    • Dog Rescuer says:

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      GET OFF THE COMPUTER AND GO TO THE DOCTOR.!!!!

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  3. pickle80 says:

    I am not a doctor but this does look like the lupus rash. It is categorized as being a “butterfly” like in appearance. I would get a second opinion with another doctor to see if I do have lupus especially that you present with many lupus like symptoms. For your doctor not to do anything after loosing over 100 lbs in 2 years. that alone is a good reason to get a second opinion. Get a full check up with labs and maybe get a referral with a Rheumataligist

  4. mgnysgtcappo says:

    Sounds like Lupus could be a possibility. You have some of the signs and symptoms. I would go see a rheumatologist as soon as I could. Have an ANA test. If it comes back positive then Lupus is a distinct possibility. If it’s negative then you don’t have Lupus but something else is going on. Just make sure you follow up with the doctor and don’t stop asking questions until you feel better or you feel like a treatment is working for you.

    Good Luck!

  5. Mommy of 3 n twin angels says:

    doctor testing for lupus? because of rash?
    rash started small on arm thought was an allergic reaction to something,

    then it spread on more of arm and leg thought was staph infection
    treated no luck

    its not staph its also not scabes or bed bugs,

    they are saying it looks like blood pockets where blood is comming to the skin surface and then some spots where those are inflamed

    it has spread and is all over my body but the main spots is my arms and fingers and palms of hands

    also had severe back pain since around the time this rash started and very tired and no appitite hardly

    what would you think i can take pictures if you want to see if you think you may know what it is

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