Itchy Scalp: Common Causes and Solution

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.


68 thoughts on “Itchy Scalp: Common Causes and Solution”

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. blair villanueva

    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).

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