The topic or the heading as many might say sounds a bit weird, but believe me, it is a very serious issue when it comes to self-care. No one likes an itchy scalp and if you scratch your head in public it might send a wrong signal to people.
Well, there are many reasons for an itchy scalp but every problem has a solution, right?
Here, I have listed very common reasons for an itchy scalp and some suggestions too as per the American Academy of Dermatology Association.
1: Lice: We all know what lice are, and it is one of the most common of itchy scalps. Lice can infest anyone. So if you suspect that you have a lice problem ask someone to examine your head with fine-tooth comb. To get rid of lice you can use many good products which can help you with this problem. Also as Westchester health says Vinegar and Petroleum Jelly (vaseline) helps in getting rid of lice and giving quick relief to your head.
2: Scabies: They are tiny termites and is contagious. Due to physical contact with anyone it can spread fast. Just like lice, it lays eggs too. To get rid of scabies you need to visit a dermatologist and with the prescribed medication you can get rid of scabies.
3: Hives: Hives are skin rashes which can be triggered by anything like food, stress, etc. It can happen anywhere including your scalp due to which you might have an itchy scalp. Some tend to have a chronic hives problem so to get relief of hives from your scalp you need to visit a dermatologist and with their medication, you can get relief from this problem.
4: Reaction to a hair product: Obviously many love styling their hairs and we all love to take good care of our hair but often they can cause allergies due to which itchy scalp may occur. To stop the itch, you should quit utilizing the item that is causing the response. In case you’re struggling thinking that its, a board-ensured dermatologist can help.
5: Dandruff: Now that is a common problem for many. There are many causes due to which you get dandruff. Oily skin, sensitivity to hair care products, dry skin, not shampooing enough, weirdly, even stress can flare up dandruff when you least expect it. Although stress is not the direct cause however it can influence hormone level which can affect sebum production on the scalp. Generally, you can get rid of dandruff with a delicate everyday shampoo. But if it persists you might need to get a medicated shampoo.
I have mentioned 5 very common conditions for itchy scalps but if you are still having an issue figuring out the exact reason for your itchy scalp please visit a certified dermatologist.
Great info! I notice this time of year my scalp is itchier with the drier weather. Just the thought of lice or scabies makes my head itch!
I tend to get hives when I am stressed out. I now wonder if there is of the counter solution for that one?
I hate dandruff it’s so irritating sometimes itchy scalps can cause of different using shampoo. Awesome post!
Rose Ann Sales says
These is so informative.. Thanks for the knowledge and tips you’ve shared.
Thank you for this helpful article, I sometimes experience itching as well so I’ll be sure to keep these in mind!
Marie Phillips says
I actually had itchy scalp when I was younger because I lived in a dry, cold climate. As soon as I moved to the South, it went away!
This was informative, thank you for sharing some of the possibilities behind an itchy scalp.
Krysten Quiles says
Super informative and very helpful, I appreciate this post so much!
Haha reading this post somehow makes me itch. :O Thanks for sharing this informative post… it’s good that you also listed the solutions for these. 🙂
Melissa Cushing says
I never knew all of these reasons for itchy scalp… but I do bark out into hives under stress. I am not sure that has been an issue with my scalp but I can get map type welts on my face and arms when I am excessively stressed out. Thank you for sharing this informative post 🙂 Much appreciated.
Maritime Meg says
Great post! Very helpful. Myself, I’m really prone to hives and have had reactions to all kinds of things, but now I’m wondering if it could maybe be from some of my hair products too! I’m going to look into that. Thank you for the tips!
Kathy Kenny Ngo says
So glad that I only experienced lice when I was really small. Now, its no longer an issue.
I read lice and my head started to itch. I know my head used to itch really bad in the summer due to dandruff. I have been using this home remedy for it and it seems to be working pretty well.
Portia Olaughlin says
I hadn’t realized that hives can be on your scalp, that would be awful! I had hives once and it was enough to hope I never get it again, especially not on my scalp.
Great tips in finding out what could cause the issue. Thanks for sharing!
Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women says
This is a great checklist to bear in mind when you (or someone you know) has an itchy scalp. More often than not, it is likely to be one of these 5 conditions. Great summary of how to deal with each one easily.
Amber Myers says
I hate when my scalp gets itchy! It’s usually because of dandruff, which isn’t fun. I use the anti dandruff shampoo when it happens, and that helps!
tara pittman says
My son gets dry scalp all the time. These are tips that I will try.
Knycx Journeying says
A comprehensive and a little bit scary list about things that could live and exist on your scalp. Thanks for drawing the awareness of this issue and I think it will help a lot of people.
I always used to have the worst scalp. I had dandruff just because of my type of hair and it was so itchy. Now it’s not so bad but I assume it’s because I’m older and I know how to handle my hair more.
Interesting article on reasons for getting an itchy scalp – quick and to the point!!
Ramil Hinolan says
I may not have scalp issues but sure this is important for those scratching thier scalps.
Shilpa Bindlish says
Oh! Didn’t know stress might cause hives. That’s the reason why I feel scratching my head at times in stress.
It’s really annoying to have an itchy scalp and it’s important to know the causes so that the person who’s experiencing this can find a remedy. Thanks for sharing the possible causes!
a bit creepy….i can manage dandruff….but the rest,, i hope not….using specific shampoo helps me get rid of dandruff…but when i try something else thats when the dandruff starts to appear…so just one kind of shampoo for me…very informative article thanks for sharing
Alvern at Success Unscrambled says
What an important list of reasons why my scalp could be itchy. I do know that my scalp gets itchy when its dry or dirty.
Renata Feyen says
I have had problems with dandruff from even when I was young so I use a special shampoo 🙂
MELANIE EDJOURIAN says
Oh dear, just reading this made my head itch. We’ve done the headlice before, that wasn’t fun!
Julia Hess says
This is such an informative list. My mom just recently had hives all over her body not that they were on her scalp but they were super itchy.
This was informative as I suffer from dandruff. Thank you
Very useful post to me. I have visit a scalp doctor twice a year because of my issues. Itchy is sadly pretty common for various reasons. So I totally appreciate your work
What an informative post! I could see how an itchy scalp could be really annoying and pretty stressful!
cute & little
Everything Enchanting says
Great post ☺ I do have an itchy scalp, thanks to dandruff! At times, drying shampoos or products with high level of SLS, cause itchiness too!
Cindy E Ingalls says
Sometimes my scalp gets itchy when I use too much hairspray. I think it’s from the alcohol.
I have dry scalp issues and this really helped me. Very Informative. Great Article!
Thanks for this post! I think that I am already having dandruff as a reaction to a new hair product that I am using now. I did not have white flakes in my hair ever.
Melanie williams says
Such a good post and I did not know that there was so many causes for an itchy scalp x
This is an ongoing issue lately for me, I started to stop using majority of my products to figure out what’s causing it.
Very helpful information you’ve written about! I actually wasn’t aware of a few like having a reaction to hair products.
Lavanda Michelle says
Great information. I didn’t know an itchy scalp can have so many causes, it makes me kind of paranoid. Thanks for sharing.
I agree with you that there different factors causing an itchy scalp. I think that dandruff is the most common that I actually experience this from time to time. Using a medicated shampoo definitely helps.
Thank you for sharing this.
Haven’t had an itchy scalp but I will surely check this out once I experience symptoms.
Ashley t says
This is really good information. I never knew there were so many causes for an itchy scalp.
Yanitza Ninett says
Very useful information. So many causes to an itchy scalp!
I’ve been dealing with this for a while. It’s AWFUL!
Interesting info. I never had an itchy scalp like that before.
yeah!! Stress & not enough sleep the factors to hair dandruff, that’s my personal experience with it. cheers, https://www.siennylovesdrawing.wordpress.com
Ambuj Saxena says
Itchy scalp has been my week spoiler for years now! Thanks for putting down all the possible causes and suggestions to get rid of the itchy scalp here!
Excellent advice on how to take care of an itchy scalp!
Mosaics Lab says
Thank goodness my scalp doesn’t itch at all. I can’t imagine if it did, it would have been so annoying…
When my son was younger, I lived in fear of him getting lice. As every year there was at least one student in his class who was affected. It is good to see that there is a solution to every possible cause of an itchy scalp.
Great info! There’s more than just one answer to these problems!
I do have dandruff but I never knew stress can be one of the reasons. I gotta take better care. Thanks.
Nikki Wayne says
Thanks for the knowledge. These are all scary scenarios.
Gervin Khan says
Thanks for this informative post, now I know what’s itching in my head.
I don’t get an itchy scalp often but I now know what to do if I do. Thanks for the information!
I actually had no idea it could be so many things. I usually get itchy around summer when its really hot
But it was very informative thank you!
So many common reasons for itchy scalp, thank you for this information.
Minakshi Bajpai says
Thanks for the knowledge and tips you’ve shared in this post. Very informative post.
Oh my god! I was not aware of all these causes, I only thought an itchy scalp was either because of the lice or dandruff. This is so good to know.
Itchy scalp is very irritating to handle and if we know the right reason remedies are available. Thank you for sharing the problems associated with scalp.
I get a lot of patients having itchy scalp and there are so many reasons behind these. You have covered very well. Excellent.
Rahul Prabhakar says
I think I may have an itchy scalp. I often complain of dandruff, especially once the season changes. Now I know how to better take care of my hair.
Itching scalp is really really annoying. And it is very difficult to handle. Thanks for sharing this informative article with us. I am bookmarking this post.
Judy Morris says
Dandruff is what makes my scalp itchy most times.. but I will have to check the other causes also.
Haha, I’ve always had dandruff and suffered from terrible itchy scalp, I was so embarrassed and hesitated scratching in public, I started using Castor oil which saveeddd my life! Works like a miracle
blair villanueva says
I always suffer from dandruff whenever I use a hair care product that turns out doesn’t suit me. But I can easily remove them using sugar cane vinegar. I soak my hair with it for 30mins, giving me a nice lift (but yeah the soar smells needs to rinse off, lol).
I really like reading an article that will make people think. Also, thanks for allowing me to comment. Sybila Paul Werby