I need ideas for an itchy scalp. There’s nothing particularly wrong with my scalp. Help me!!
If you are experiencing an itchy scalp, there may not be anything particularly wrong with your scalp, but there may be an internal or external problem that’s causing your scalp to itch and possibly dandruff. Internal issues such as poor nutrition and lack of water and external factors such as infrequent shampooing or using oils and creams can irritate the scalp and cause itchy scalp or dandruff.
But let’s look deeper to understand what typically happens to the scalp and two types of dandruff that could be related to your issue.
The outer layer of the scalp known as the epidermis sheds and replaces dead skin cells, this is a normal process and shouldn’t be confused with dandruff. The shedding of dead skin cells can cause an itchy scalp. But if your scalp itches more than normal and you notice an excessive amount of dandruff then you may be suffering from one of two types of dandruff known as, “pityriasis capitis simplex” or “pityriasis steroids.”
Pityriasis capitis simplex is a classic kind of dandruff associated with flaking and itching. You can easily identify this type of dandruff because it’s visible on the hair and shoulders. This type of dandruff is usually with treated antifungal dandruff shampoos or topical lotions.
Pityriasis steroids is a more severe kind of dandruff associated with large greasy or waxy scales combined with sebum. The scales stick to the scalp in creamy white patches. Pityriasis steroids is a severe type of dandruff similar to “seborrhea dermatitis” and medical treatment from a physician may be required.
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SOLUTION: Look for shampoos, conditioners, hot-oil treatments, or ointments that will help with dandruff. Using apple cider vinegar as a pre-shampoo treatment is known to calm and neutralize the acidic base of the hair and scalp. If none of these solutions help reduce itchy scalp or dandruff, then I suggest seeking medical help.
*Disclaimer: The Natural Cole is not a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, dermatologist or another medical expert. Answers to your question are based on research and personal knowledge of hair care. If you need more information regarding the topics discussed, please contact a professional.*