Scratching your head for long minutes, several times during the day, may be related to a scalp condition, allergy reaction or parasite. Learn to make a difference in order to find the most appropriate treatment for your situation.
It’s hard to get out of the infernal cycle of itching once you put your hand on your head. Not only are we struggling to stop scratching ourselves, but we can also worry when the itching doesn’t seem to calm down. Do not be afraid, there are several reasons for this reaction, and most of them are very easy to deal with.
Do you live with a child who attends school? Chances are your scalp itches because of lice. These tiny insects that attach to the hair are visible to the naked eye in the form of eggs or nits. If you see adult lice moving on your head, there is no doubt. Treat the whole family with a lice shampoo and follow the advice of your pharmacist to wash clothes, sheets and your interior.
Seborrheic dermatitis is considered to be a serious form of dandruff caused by an excessive reaction of the organism to normal yeasts that live on the skin. It affects about 40% of people, and can manifest several times in a lifetime, according to the Reader’s Digest site. Over-the-counter remedies include anti-fungal shampoos, sometimes based on tea tree essential oil. If these products are not sufficient, consult a dermatologist.
An allergic reaction
If you have recently colored your hair, you may suffer from a dye allergy. The reaction can take place even if you have already used this product before. Straightening treatments and shampoos can also cause an allergy. To identify the culprit, try using the same product for a week, and watch your scalp. Once you have identified and eliminated the ingredient responsible for the allergy, choose products for sensitive skin.
Psoriasis or Eczema
An itching of the scalp can also be caused by inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema (atopic dermatitis), or psoriasis. The first is more likely to concern babies, and the second, adults. In both cases, a doctor will help you find the appropriate treatment.
Scabies is a contagious disease of a small parasite, not visible to the naked eye, of the mite family: the sarcopte. These organisms hide in the upper layer of the skin, where they deposit their eggs. The itching can therefore affect the whole body. Seek advice from your doctor for treatment.