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Itchy Scalp Remedies

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Itchy scalp remedies depend upon the diagnosis and management of specific causes of scalp itching. It is not as simple as it sounds.

Causes of itchy scalp include dry scalp, dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, scalp psoriasis, contact dermatitis, head lice infestation, ring worm of the scalp, tinea amiantacea, lichen planus, hair follicle inflammation, neurogenic excoriation and pyogenic infection of scalp. It is evident that no single shot remedy can effectively get rid of the scalp itching.

Itchy scalp remedies include diagnosis of the specific underlying disease and general and specific measures of treatment according to the causes of itchy scalp.

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Itchy Scalp Remedies

  1. 1. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES How to Get Rid of Scalp Itching Dr.Hanish Babu, MD Dermatologist & Venereologist Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009
  2. 2. ITCHY SCALP CAUSES <ul><li>Itchy scalp remedies depend upon the diagnosis and management of specific causes of scalp itching. </li></ul><ul><li>Dry Scalp </li></ul><ul><li>Dandruff </li></ul><ul><li>Seborrheic Dermatitis </li></ul><ul><li>Scalp Psoriasis </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Dermatitis </li></ul><ul><li>Head Lice Infestation </li></ul><ul><li>Ring Worm of the Scalp </li></ul><ul><li>Lichen Planus </li></ul><ul><li>Hair Follicle Inflammation </li></ul><ul><li>Neurogenic Excoriation </li></ul><ul><li>Pyogenic Infection of Scalp </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  3. 3. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: GENERAL MEASURES <ul><li>Avoid drying hair lotions </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid harsh shampoos </li></ul><ul><li>Regular washing with suitable shampoos </li></ul><ul><li>Balanced diet </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid picking, scrubbing, nail & comb scratching </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  4. 4. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: SPECIFIC MEASURES <ul><li>Depends on the cause </li></ul><ul><li>Specific diagnosis required before starting specific therapy </li></ul><ul><li>A dermatology consultation must in long standing case </li></ul><ul><li>Laboratory tests may be required, including skin biopsy, microscopy, woods lamp examination etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Lear more on Causes of Itchy Scalp . </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  5. 5. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: DRY SCALP <ul><li>Avoid drying applications </li></ul><ul><li>Use shampoos containing moisturizers </li></ul><ul><li>Use moisturizing creams </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  6. 6. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: DANDRUFF <ul><li>Dandruff can be controlled, not cured. </li></ul><ul><li>Regular scalp cleansing </li></ul><ul><li>Use of medicated shampoos </li></ul><ul><li>General health care. </li></ul><ul><li>More details on How to Get Rid of Dandruff . </li></ul><ul><li>Also see Dandruff Frequently Asked Questions . </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  7. 7. ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS <ul><li>Seborrheic dermatitis can be considered part of a clinical spectrum which includes dandruff at one end and psoriasis at the other end. </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of seborrheic dermatitis depends upon life style changes, steroid-antifungal creams and medicated shampoos. </li></ul><ul><li>More on How to Get Rid of Seborrheic Dermatitis </li></ul>Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  8. 8. <ul><li>Moderate to severe itching </li></ul><ul><li>Very thick scales </li></ul><ul><li>Scattered scales </li></ul><ul><li>Bleeding points on scale removal( Auspitz sign) </li></ul><ul><li>More on How to Treat Scalp Psoriasis </li></ul>ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: SCALP PSORIASIS Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101
  9. 9. <ul><li>For details on treatment of other causes of itchy scalp diseases like contact dermatitis, head lice infestation, ring worm of the scalp, tinea amiantacea, lichen planus, hair follicle inflammation, neurogenic excoriation and pyogenic infection of scalp visit </li></ul><ul><li>Itchy Scalp Remedies </li></ul>ITCHY SCALP REMEDIES: OTHER DISEASES CAUSING SCALP ITCHING Copyright Dr.Hanish Babu, MD; 2009 The Full Article on Itchy Scalp Remedies on Suite101

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