Are you suffering from a dry, itchy or inflamed scalp?
There are many scalp conditions that may cause a dry, itchy or inflamed scalp. It is of the up most importance to establish a correct diagnosis before considering any form of treatment as some may exacerbate the symptoms. We have outlined some of the more common diseases/ conditions that may be apparent. Please be mindful, the information provided is not designed to assist self diagnosis. Professional advice should always be sought.
The Stevens Trichology Clinics have been treating itchy scalp for over 45 years. The key to treating such conditions is to remove the crusting that creates a barrier to the underlying skin. We have a unique method which is pain free and very effective. Treatment may be offered at one of our clinics as well as home care solutions.
If you are looking for advice or treatment for a dry, itchy or inflamed scalp, please contact our helpline. We can arrange a consultation, alternatively you can speak with a trichologist in person who will be able to advise you. We offer an evening service at the London Trichology Practice with discounted rates for OAP's and Students. We specialise in treating all types of hair including afro carribean hair. We have a variety of home care products that may assist in dealing with an itchy scalp. It is important to ascertain a correct diagnosis in order to effectively combat the problem.
What can we do to help the itchy dry scalp?
The two main issues surrounding many scalp condition are the flaky unsightly skin that is left on the shoulders and of course the itchy, dry skin that is so difficult to control and relieve. We are in most cases able to offer relief from irritation and remove much of the crusty flaky skin. In the majority of cases we are able to control or in certain conditions remove (chronic or acute) scalp conditions within a relatively short space of time with limited cost to the patient. Please contact our help line to find out about out treatment techniques and what we can do for you. In many cases we are able to offer some home care solutions to aid recovery after consultation.
What at the causes of the Itchy Scalp?
An Itchy scalp may be a symptom of: poor hygiene, inadequate rinsing, Scalp Eczema, Scalp Psoriasis, Dandruff, Seborrhoeic Dermatitis (aka the various forms of Pityriasis - Pityriasis Simplex Capitis, Pityriasis Rotunda, Pityriasis Circinata), Pediculus Capitis & Irritant or allergic reactions. Many of which are chronic conditions that may be controlled. Some itchy scalp conditions may be removed with treatment. Hair loss in some cases may present itself when an itchy scalp is present. If the scalp is under stress through disease, the hair follicles may go into a resting state, which fails to produce hairs. Once the scalp has been treated the hair growth may return to that of the norm.
Itchy Scalp Conditions/diseases
Poor hygiene may lead to an itchy scalp and possible secondary infection. The scalp in all cases needs proper cleansing and should in most cases be washed at least twice a week. The application of oils and other such items to keep the scalp moist may well exacerbate the condition. If you are in any doubt please contact the help line and you can speak to a trichologist who will advise you.
Scalp eczema - often causes an itchy scaly scalp. Scalp eczema's are non contagious acute or chronic itchy scalp conditions characterised by one or more of the following: erythema (inflammation), oozing, skin thickening, formation of papules, vesicles (blisters) and crusting. Pruritis (itchy burning scalp, sometimes severe) leads to excoriation and possible bleeding. Affects all ages. Secondary infection may be present. Scalp eczema though not curable can often be successfully managed. Affected skin is susceptible to flare ups. Scalp Eczema is categorised into environmental and internal. Further information on Scalp Eczema.
Scalp Psoriasis presents as a chronic inflammatory disease that causes the skin to thicken producing silver/white or yellow scales. Statistically it affects 3% approx. of the population. Scalp psoriasis shows no affiliation to gender, race or skin colour. Scalp psoriasis is not contagious but can be passed genetically. Nails may be affected (pitting or loosening). Further information on Scalp Psoriasis.
Atopic Dermatitis - is a common condition that tends to affect children more that adults. Males and females are affected equally. The onset may be during the first few months of life presenting as weeping, crusting, and pruritic erythema on the face, genital region & scalp. Further information on Atopic Dermatitis.
Dandruff is a popular collective name signifying a scaly flaking scalp condition. In a simple context Dandruff will allude to Pityriasis Simplex Capitis (syn. pityriasis sicca) a non-inflammatory scalp condition which presents as exfoliation of the Stratum Corneum (outer layer of epidermal cells) due to the presence of Pityrosporon Ovale.
Dandruff is common to both sexes and shows no affiliation to race or skin colour. Human skin cells are continually manufactured and shed. Clothing often assists in the shedding. Hairy skin may retain these exfoliated cells which articulate to form scales. Pruritis (itchy scalp) may be severe in some cases of dandruff. Further information on Dandruff.
If you would like further advice on any of the above conditions please contact our practice helpline. You can speak with a trichologist direct or book an appointment to visit one of our practices.
Advice Line 0207 404 0072
The Holborn Hair & Scalp Clinic