Having itchy scalp and losing hair at the same time an be really annoying and also very worrying for men and women. Also, there are a number of reasons why the itchiness might be causing you to lose your hair. Luckily, the issue may not be a permanent thing – people who lose hair and also have an itchy scalp can find that their hair grows back, once the other symptoms have been treated.
The most important thing you must take from reading this article is that you must TAKE ACTION immediately to start resolving the issue. You need to get the problem diagnosed and then apply some treatments that will help you grow your hair back.
When it comes to diagnosis, again, there are a few different things that could be causing that itch. If your head and scalp are itchy, then it is likely that there is some scabbing or scarring that it causing your hair to not grow properly, hence the hair loss.
This is an infection on your scalp that normally looks like small white headed pimples that will cover your hair follicles, stopping hair from growing. If you leave this problem untreated, you may find that the pimples turn red and angry and can become larger boils.
When Folliculitis is untreated for longer periods of time, the hair follicle will become damaged and some scarring will be seen on your skin and no new hairs will grow, leading to small areas of hair loss known as Cicatricial Alopecia.
It is also possible for the Folliculitis to spread to other areas of the body too – after all, you are covered in hairs and the infection is happy to go where ever it wants.
A doctor will prescribe anti-biotics for this infection but you can also try some natural remedies such as massaging Tea Tree or Lavender Oils into your scalp. These oils have good healing properties and are effective if the Folliculitis is caught early. If you have painful boils, then definitely go to see your doctor to get the problem sorted out.
Fungal infections and ringworm.
If you have this infection on your scalp, you will see dry, itchy and flaky patches of skin and small areas of hair falling out. You may even find that you skin becomes swollen or has a bad rash that can spread to to other areas of the body (fungal infections are great at doing this under fingernails!).
These types of fungal infections of the head and scalp are contagious and definitely need to be treated properly if they are to be removed for good. They do have a habit of coming back, just after you think you have got rid of them. Your doctor or local drug store will be able to prescribe something for you to remove the infection as it can spread too.
You could also look at more natural products that might help reduce the infection, but due to the ringworm being such an aggressive infection, you are best to speak to your doctor about this one.
It is amazing how many people suffer from Psoriasis. It is estimated that around 5% of people in the US have this non-contagious skin problem and some may not even know it. Psoriasis is a disease where the cells in your skin, which regrow themselves all the time, are made too quickly. This causes painful lesions and scabby skin which can be very itchy.
It is also possible to get this on your scalp too. It is not just something that appears on your body, like you may be thinking. If you have Psoriasis on your head, you will see white scaly areas or red areas of the scalp and you will definitely have itching too.
Again, like the other issues we have discussed, Psoriasis is best seen by a doctor, but there are products you can get over the counter that will help too.
Look for shampoos containing zinc pyrithione, which has been reported as being a great way to help your Psoriasis. These shampoos have great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it is worth trying them for any infectious problem you might have on your scalp.
As with getting Psoriasis on any other part of your body, using natural remedies such as Jojoba Oil or avocado oils directly onto the affected areas will calm them down and stop the painful itching.
Dermatitis and eczema.
There is a natural yeast that is always present in your hair and on the scalp, but if this gets out of control or there is too much, you can begin to suffer from Dermatitis or Eczema. The issue happens because your skin becomes inflamed, due to the high levels of yeast, which will cause intense itching and dry, flaky skin. If any part of the scalp is scales or dry, the hair follicles will not be able to push new hairs through or keep healthy hairs alive, which leads to hair loss.
The yeast on your scalp actually feeds from oils in your hair that are always there, but if this gets out of balance, where there are not enough oils or too much yeast, then these problems can occur. Often, it has been found that chemicals in strong shampoo is the cause of stripping away the oils in your hair, which will contribute to this problem. People who have Dermatitis or Eczema on their scalp find that the flaky skin will become very dry and have a yellowish color and oily texture when touched.
As you might be able to guess, the ideal shampoo to help treat Dermatitis type problems are natural shampoos and conditioners that do not contain nasty or harsh chemicals that can upset the balance of your hair growth.
Look for shampoos that contain ONLY natural ingredients, such as Tea Tree Oil (which we recommended earlier). However, most natural shampoos will be helpful as the non-chemical ingredients will help keep the balance between your self-produced oils and yeasts.
I have 2 points to make if you think you are suffering from any of the problems you have just read about above.
1. Speak to a doctor straight away.
The quicker you get the issue identified, the quicker the treatment and regrowth of hair. If you have a fungal infection, like the ringworm, it will not simply “go away” and will need you to get proper treatment.
2. Buy better shampoo!
Many of the issues above are made worse by shampoos that contain chemicals, rather than more natural ingredients. Look for products that are better for your hair and head the next time you are shopping, or check out this list of the top natural shampoo products on Amazon for more inspiration.
Also,read our article where we talk about the best shampoo for hair growth. These natural shampoos and products are great for helping keep your head and scalp clean and free from illness.