A woman with an itchy scalp due to dandruff

From dandruff to dermatitis: tackling the causes of an itchy scalp.

Dealing with an itchy scalp? We've got you covered. Let's dive into the common causes, explore if autoimmune diseases play a role and how doctors at your local CityMD can help you relieve that persistent head itch.

CityMD is here to guide you on your journey to an itch-free and healthy scalp.

Itchy scalp causes.

What causes your scalp to itch? Here are common causes.

  • Dandruff as a contributor. Dandruff, often arising from the overgrowth of a yeast-like fungus, is a common cause of scalp itching.
  • Impact of dry skin. Dry skin is a contributing factor to scalp itching.

Product-induced irritation. Certain ingredients in hair care products may lead to scalp irritation.


What autoimmune disease causes itchy scalp?

Sometimes, an itchy scalp is the result of an autoimmune disease. Here are some autoimmune diseases commonly associated with itchy scalps.

  • Psoriasis. Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, may manifest with red, scaly patches on the scalp, accompanied by severe itching. CityMD's experts can guide you in managing symptoms associated with this condition.
  • Eczema. Eczema, another autoimmune condition, can contribute to inflamed and itchy skin on the scalp. CityMD doctors can help you alleviate itching and manage eczema flare-ups.


When should I worry about an itchy scalp?

Experiencing occasional itchiness on the scalp is common, but certain signs should cause you to seek advice from a healthcare professional. Here are key signs that you should be aware of.

  • Persistent itching
  • Unexplained rash or redness
  • Changes in scalp texture
  • Hair loss associated with itching
  • Itching spreads to other areas
  • Presence of sores or lesions
  • Fever or systemic symptoms

If your itchy scalp is accompanied by persistent discomfort, visible changes or systemic symptoms, consult a healthcare professional at CityMD for a comprehensive evaluation.

CityMD's physicians are here to provide thorough assessments and guide you toward the most appropriate course of action for your scalp health. Don't hesitate to reach out if you have concerns.


How do I stop my scalp from itching?

  • Adopt gentle cleansing practices. The choice of mild, fragrance-free shampoos is recommended to avoid scalp irritation.
  • Prioritize regular moisturization. Consistent scalp moisturization is crucial, particularly for those prone to dryness.
  • Resist the urge to scratch. While scratching may be tempting, it exacerbates scalp irritation.


Treating an itchy scalp at CityMD.

At CityMD, we can provide comprehensive solutions for addressing the various causes of an itchy scalp. Our goal is to get you comfortable and itch-free.

Just walk in. No appointment is needed. Whether you need help managing dandruff, treating autoimmune conditions or adjusting your hair care routine, CityMD can help you find relief today.

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