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Your Scalp Itchiness May Also be Known as:
Dry scalp
Flaky scalp
Head is itchy
Head itchiness
Head itching
Head itchy
Head scratchiness
Head scratching
Head scratchy
Itchy hair

Top 4 Scalp Itchiness Causes

  1. 1.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    You should go to your local pharmacy or retail clinic to be treated. The usual treatment for atopic eczema involves avoiding irritants and other triggers, using moisturizers to prevent inflammation, as well as steroid creams and ointments when the inflammation flares up.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  2. 2.Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Scalp

    Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

    You can safely treat this condition on at home. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp itchiness, scalp redness, scabbed area of the scalp
    Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the scalp:
    scalp redness
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment

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  3. 3.Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)

    Tinea Capitis is a fungal infection of the scalp. It often causes itching, dandruff, and sometimes bald spots. It can be transmitted from one person to another.

    Bedding and clothing should be washed and dried thoroughly. Discard any hair products. Your physician will likely prescribe both a prescription shampoo and an oral antifungal. To prescribe the correct oral medication, the physician may run tests to determine which fungus it is.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp itchiness, patchy hair loss, scalp redness, scaling of the scalp, rash
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Head Lice

    Lice are tiny insects without wings that are usually found in hair, back of the neck, and behind the ears. Lice are highly contagious and prevalent in preschool & elementary school-age children.

    You should go to a retail clinic to be treated for lice. Treatment includes using a medicated shampoo, cream rinse, or lotion to kill the lice. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are also available.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    scalp itchiness, feeling of something crawling on head
    Symptoms that always occur with head lice:
    scalp itchiness
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Scalp Itchiness

  • Q.Is your scalp itchiness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long ago did your scalp first start to itch?
  • Q.How badly is your scalp itching?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our scalp itchiness symptom checker.

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Scalp Itchiness Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced scalp itchiness have also experienced:

    • 4% Hair Loss
    • 3% Scalp Pain
    • 3% Fatigue
  • People who have experienced scalp itchiness had symptoms persist for:

    • 56% Less Than a Day
    • 25% Over a Month
    • 8% Less Than a Week
  • People who have experienced scalp itchiness were most often matched with:

    • 54% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
    • 41% Ringworm of the Scalp (Tinea Capitis)
    • 3% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Scalp
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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