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Itchy Scalp

What is itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp, also known as scalp pruritus, is a common skin condition. As the name indicates, it causes itchiness on the scalp. In infants, it’s referred to as a cradle cap or crib cap.

Having itchy scalp is a common condition that affects around 13% of Singaporeans. Due to the hot and humid weather in tropical climates that upsets the scalp’s natural pH balance and allows microorganisms to flourish, itchy scalp conditions can become worse if left untreated.

What causes itchy scalp?

A scalp often becomes itchy if there is an overgrowth of the yeast-like fungus Malassezia and a buildup of excess sebum, but there are other reasons too.

Here are some other common causes of itchy scalp:

  • Allergic reactions to medications, food, dust, hair care products
  • Hair products
  • Seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammatory skin condition)
  • Dandruff (a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • Hives
  • Lice
  • Ringworm
  • Scabies
  • Scalp infections
  • Stressful lifestyle

What are the types and symptoms of itchy scalp?

  • Bald patches
  • Dry skin on the scalp
  • Oily skin
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Itchiness
  • Irritated skin
  • Scales or patches on the scalp
  • Pus-filled sores

Is itchy scalp painful?

Itchy scalp can be painful and uncomfortable. In some cases, there may be patches that are tender and sore to the touch. Too much scratching may also cause your scalp to bleed and potentially become infected.

How is itchy scalp diagnosed?

An itchy scalp is usually diagnosed by your doctor or dermatologist who can visually examine your scalp and help you find out the underlying cause.

Itchy scalps due to head lice and fungal infections will often not clear without medical intervention, so it’s important to seek a diagnosis if you have this skin condition.

Who is at risk of developing itchy scalp in Singapore?

While anyone can develop itchy scalp issues in Singapore due to the hot climate, these factors may put you at a higher risk:

  • Having skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff
  • Washing your hair too frequently or too little
  • Exposure to head lice
  • Using a new shampoo
  • Allergies to certain medications or chemicals
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes or shingles
  • Anxiety disorder

What are the treatment options for itchy scalp?

Scalp therapies

Targeted scalp therapies combat the root cause of itchy scalp and help improve its health. We offer the following treatment:

HydroScalp

Using Triple Hydrogen Therapy to thoroughly nourish the scalp, this treatment promotes blood circulation and boosts healthy hair growth. It also addresses itchiness by exfoliating the scalp to remove impurities and unclogging hair follicles.

Medicated shampoos

Switching to medicated shampoos can help clean your scalp and provide relief for itchiness and discomfort.

Medications

Depending on the cause of your itchy scalp, your doctor may prescribe medications to ease and reduce scalp itching.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my scalp itchy but there’s no dandruff?

While itchy scalp and dandruff often occur together, you can still have an itchy scalp without dandruff.

Can I permanently fix my itchy scalp?

Yes, there are treatments available to cure itchy scalp.

How do I stop my scalp from itching?

See a doctor if your itchy scalp is disrupting your daily activities. Medicated shampoo, medication or hair therapies may be recommended.

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