Itchy Scalp

We as consultant trichologists (Trichological Society Reg.) are able to offer advice and treatment for itchy scalp conditions. Why not give us a ring and have a chat with a trichologist right now? Call the advice line for a free telephone consultation. Whether we tell you how to deal with the condition at home or by treating you, we have the solution. In practice since 1964 we know what works. A London Trichologist Practice in the heart of Holborn WC1.

Itchy scalp

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Treatment – after diagnosing (either on the phone or at consultation) the condition we will assess if treatment is required. There are three options:

  1. Advisory only – Many patients who attend are able to deal with their itchy scalp at home. In some cases the removal of certain products in your daily routine will suffice. Potentially, washing routines may be changed along with technique. Some shampoos that are apparently designed for itchy scalps may well exacerbate the condition. This of course is dependent on the condition.
  2. Home care solutions and products – Dealing with a flaky scalp at home may well be achieved by using specialist products designed by professional trichologists. There are a range of products to deal with a range of varying dry scalp conditions. We may be able to advise on the phone what to use but in most cases we would need to see you in person. Our products are only available to purchase after speaking to a qualified trichologist.
  3. london trichology clinicTreatment at the Clinic – in the more serious or chronic flaky scalp ailments it may be necessary to attend the London Trichologist clinic for treatment. Many itchy scalp conditions will cause the skin to proliferate at a much greater speed hence the treatment involved slowing this process. It is the accelerated growth rate that caused the flaky scalp (along with other factors). Treating the dry scalp involves removing the crusting and calming the underlying skin. This slowing the cell growth and removing the itch. Please note that removing the crust is a specialist skill that should not be attempted at home.

There are many itchy scalp conditions that may cause an inflamed, dry, itchy scalp. It is of the up most importance to establish a correct diagnosis before considering any form of treatment. We have outlined some of the more common diseases/ conditions that may be apparent.

How can we assist? We can 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.

itchy scalpWhat at the causes of the inflamed or 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.

Contact Reaction – many patients who are suffering from an itchy scalp often inflamed will be a result of a contact reaction. Often due to hair dye or styling products. A contact reaction can cause severe discomfort, pain, erythema and of course irritation. You should always get a contact reaction checked out at hair loss may well follow. Please note the hair loss will not happen immediately, it will occur months later.

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 dry and itchy scalp conditions please contact our advice line. You can speak with a trichologist direct or book a consultation.