Itchy scalp and hair loss are very common problems among people. However, scalp pruritus, commonly known as itchy scalp, is often caused by dandruff and an inflammatory skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis.
Sometimes itchy skin can result from fungi, allergic reactions to hair products, and irritated hair follicles, which can damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss.
According to Medical News Today, below are some other conditions that can cause itchy scalp and hair loss:
Dandruff can cause dry and itchy scalp. However, dandruff can only lead to hair loss if a person ignores it for a long time and scratches their scalp frequently.
Atopic dermatitis leads to excessive scratching, which, although not a direct cause of hair loss, can lead to brief hair loss.
Ringworm can lead to hair loss along with patches. It is a fungal infection that causes an itchy red rash in the form of a ring on a person’s scalp. Fungal infections like ringworm can weaken one’s hair follicles and lead to hair loss.
In folliculitis, a person’s hair follicles become inflamed. It causes temporary hair loss and scalp itching. According to the National Library of Medicine, the most common causes of folliculitis are bacterial and fungal infections.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder that results in dry, red areas covered with silvery scales. The scales caused by psoriasis appear on the scalp and are often itchy. If someone scratches psoriasis scabs on their scalp, and the scabs come off, it can lead to hair loss.
According to Healthline, following are some home remedies that can help with itchy scalp:
- Organic coconut oil
- Peppermint oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Tea tree oil
- Selenium sulfide
- Ketoconazole shampoo