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6 reasons you can't stop scratching your head

Have an itchy scalp? Find out the real reason causing it.

Do you often have the urge to itch your scalp? Does this leave you feeling embarrassed? In order to get rid of this annoying problem, you need to find out the real reason which is causing the itch in your scalp. We list six possible reasons for the same.

Head lice

Lice are one of the first things that we suspect when we began scratching our head. These are parasites which live and grow in number on the scalp. These can cause extreme itchiness and can easily transfer from one person s head to the other. Mostly kids are likely to have head lice but some adults too have this problem. If you are also one of them, you can get rid of it with the help of medicated shampoos and home remedies. It is also important to maintain good hair hygiene to prevent them. Here s more on head lice.

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Dandruff

Dandruff can also lead to an itchy scalp as the flakes sit on the head and accumulate more dirt and grime. The excess sebum produced by the scalp increases the itchiness further. Usually the scalp is either too dry or greasy when one has dandruff which also contributes in creating an itch. You need to get rid of the white flakes to reduce itchiness. Here are some home remedies for the same.

Hair products

The more elaborate your haircare regimen is, the higher the chances of having issues such as an itchy scalp. This is because you may be using too many haircare products. This can invariably have a reaction if it does not suit your scalp. At times, even the build-up of products can result in itchiness. If you do not wash your hair well, shampoo can settle on your scalp and irritate it. Also, using styling products such as gels, mousse, sprays, etc. can cause a reaction when used extensively.

Dry scalp

Is your scalp too dry? It is bound to be itchy as well. This is because dry scalp lacks any moisture or hydration which makes it rough and scaly. The constant itching only makes it worse making it a vicious circle difficult to get out of. In order to get rid of this problem, you first need to address your dry scalp. An oil massage or a rinse with apple cider vinegar will help reduce the dryness and also the itchiness. Here are some remedies that work.

Greasy scalp

If you thought only a dry scalp can be itchy you are wrong. A greasy scalp can be equally itchy due to the mix of sweat, dirt and oil. When these accumulate on the scalp, it tries to repel them which causes the itchiness. If you have a greasy scalp, make sure you wash your hair with a mild shampoo often to keep the itchiness at bay.

Scalp infection

If your itchiness is not due to any of the above reasons, you may be suffering from a scalp infection or skin condition which has reached your scalp too. This could be making your scalp itchy and scratching it with your hands or nails could further exacerbate the condition. It is best to visit a trichologist and let them examine your scalp for any signs of eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc.

Maintaining proper hair hygiene will keep itchy scalp at bay. Make sure you shampoo your hair and comb it well for boosting blood circulation in the scalp. Avoid sharing combs and towels with others and reduce the usage of styling products. Also try these home remedies for getting rid of an itchy scalp.

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