- Itchy scalp hair loss - Causes, Treatment and Prevention
- Nov 16, 2009
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Classroom: Female Thinning Hair - Women And Hair Loss Product Reviews
Itchy scalp hair loss - Causes, Treatment and Prevention
Itchy scalp hair loss is most often due to any disorder that causes the scalp to become dry and scaly, such as psoriasis. Getting treatment and understanding the importance of prevention will aid in stopping hair loss.
Some causes if itchy scalp hair loss include:
Also called Pityriasis capitis is the shedding of the skin cells of the scalp. It is caused by the fungus Malassezia globosa. The scalp is itchy, red, and irritated.
Scalp psoriasis is characterized by thick white scales that can attach to the hair shaft. It does not cause permanent balding, but may cause some temporary hair loss in the affected area.
Seborrheic dermatitis is due by the over production, or accumulation of sebum on the scalp. This creates a desirable habitat for the fungus Pityrosporum ovale to proliferate and cause hair loss. It is characterized by itchy red areas on the scalp as well as the eyebrows and skin folds of the nose.
Itchy scalp hair loss can also arise from the use of harsh chemical treatments, such as perms and relaxers. Most all hair relaxers contain a caustic substance called lye, which if left on the hair past the recommended time can result in burns to the scalp and subsequent hair loss. This is a common result of home use of these products that are best handled by professionals.
Itchy scalp hair loss treatment involves the use of anti-fungal and anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners. Anti-dandruff shampoos contain Salicylic acid, help to remove dead skin cells and prevent them from accumulating on the scalp. The goal of treatment is to reduce the inflammation and encourage new hair growth.
It is also important to make some lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise to improve the condition of the scalp, which will aid in fostering new hair growth. Exercise increases blood circulation to the scalp, which will result in regrowth of hair.
There are many things you can do in the prevention of itchy scalp hair loss. The first thing to accomplish is to get a proper diagnosis on why your scalp is itchy and irritated. If it is caused by a scalp condition, your health care provider can prescribe the correct treatment for you.
Avoid the use of harsh chemicals on the hair. Many people are turning to the natural alternatives and are seeing great results.
Keep the hair clean and free of excessive dirt, oils, and other debris. This will prevent hair loss and help the hair grow. Make sure your scalp has the optimum opportunity to flourish.
If your hair is longer, securing it into a loose braid will avoid friction that can tear the hair out. Sleeping on a satin pillow will reduce exposing the hair to friction.
If your hair loss is due to an underlying medical condition, such as thyroid disease, taking your medications as directed will assist you in the prevention of itchy scalp hair loss.
by Barb Hicks, RN
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia License.
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