Itchy Scalp

Itchy scalp or scalp pruritis is when the scalp becomes itchy and flaky due to dryness or other condition affecting the scalp. Some of the common conditions that cause itchy scalp are seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infection, eczema, atopic dermatitis, and head lice.

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I have red itchy dry skin on my head. What could be the reason behind that?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some red things on my head accompanied by dry skin, which also feels itchy. What can this be? Kindly advise me on the same. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. It may be due to irritation, allergies, or fungal infections. Maintaining hygiene is essential. Do not use harsh soaps or shampoo, or dyes. Take antihistamines like Cetirizine if you feel too itchy. Consult your dermatologist for further exam...  Read Full »

Can anything be done to slow down or reduce greying of hair?

Query: Hello doctor, I am wondering, can anything be done to slow down or reduce greying of hair? I have just started to notice my hair greying at the side of my head around the temple area. I was experiencing slight hair loss, but this seems to have stopped since I started taking high vitamin C, vitamin D...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It seems that you have started with male pattern baldness along with dandruff. I suggest you start with the anti-dandruff shampoo like Ketoconazole twice a week. I suggest you take a hair supplement once a day and start applying M...  Read Full »

I have itchy, dry, and flaky scalp on the backside of my hairline. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old girl suffering from an itchy, dry, and flaky scalp for two years. I have dandruff, but this flaky scalp is only in one spot of my scalp, which is the backside of my hairline. I tried using Ketoconazole 2% shampoo for two weeks and discontinued it since it changed the t...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I suggest you to follow the below instructions: 1. Wash scalp with Salisia KT (Ketoconazole 2% and Salicylic Acid 2%) shampoo on alternate days for ten days then twice weekly for three weeks or Xgain shampoo thrice weekly for six weeks. 2. ...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for tinea capitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a picture of my scalp. What is this? It does not seem to heal and is itchy sometimes.  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Please answer a few questions below. 1. How long has it been there? 2. What are the symptoms? 3. Is any other area affected? 4. Are any other family members affected? 5. Do you have a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or thy...  Read Full »

What causes dry skin and flaking of skin on the face?

Query: Hi doctor, Please take a look at my case of skin dryness and flaking on my face. This is a cyclic condition¬†which occurs almost every 7-8 months. The dryness persists for 1-2 months during which I also have general body itching over hands, legs and under my ribs on the sides. The strange thing is t...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all I would like you to thank for giving me a perfect clinical history with perfect photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a crystal clear case of seborrheic dermatitis and is moderate in nature. It is a fungal infection and is ...  Read Full »

Kindly help me get rid of the rashes and heat blisters on my scalp.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 31-year-old male, and my height is 5'6". I have had skin rashes on my scalp for seven months. We thought it might be because of dandruff. The scalp looks clean after a head wash, but dry dandruff and severe rash appear again the second day.Occasionally, I get heat blisters like s...  Read Full »

Dr. B T Priya

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the pictures attached (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). It looks like seborrheic dermatitis with furunculosis. Boils and dandruff in common terms. It would help if you had antibiotics and regular shampoo wash. Kindly start...  Read Full »

Does seborrhea make the scalp itchy and dry?

Query: Hi doctor,My scalp is itchy. I have dry hair, and I sweat a lot. So I wash my hair once in three days. But it is still itchy. My scalp gets extremely itchy. It starts to hurt. There are no visible lesions or flakes. It typically occurs two days after hair wash. Applying oil gives temporary relief. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Itching of the scalp can be due to infection or seborrhoea. To get relief from itching, I suggest you apply shampoo Sebowash (Fluocinolone) twice a week (with a gap of two to three days in between). For dryness, use conditioner after shampoo. You can apply Argan with co...  Read Full »

Can seborrheic dermatitis result in hair fall and itching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a white bump present on my hair root. Due to it, I have itching on my hair. I have lots of hair fall even when I touch them. I am using Ketoscalp shampoo. But still, there is no recovery. I do not know whether it is seborrheic dermatitis.   Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi,Welcome to mention whether you have consulted a dermatologist for this issue. Please mention whether you got a diagnosis of seborrheic dermatitis. I do not understand about white bumps. Please mention whether it is pustules or hard white bumps or fluid-filled lesions or dry ski...  Read Full »

How do I know if I have tinea capitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male who is 5.11 inches by height and 76 kgs by weight. There are itchy small violet areas on my scalp. I think it started when my hair grew long, but I could not take care of it properly. It started getting itchy at certain parts, and violet spots started appearing...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayankutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the history you provided and the images you sent (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is not dandruff but Tinea capitis. Tinea capitis is a form of fungal infection that affects the scalp leading to itchiness and patches. It grows in ...  Read Full »

What is causing my scalp and hands to itch so badly?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a healthy 60-years-old woman suffering from an extremely itchy, scabby, sore scalp after my puppy was treated for ringworm two months ago. I did not notice it too much until a few weeks ago, and it is gotten slowly worse. I looked online this morning and did not realize it can af...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Yes, it can be due to a fungal infection, or else other reason can be due to allergies because, as you mentioned, it is itchy and dry. I would request you to send a picture of spots you have on hand so I can check a...  Read Full »

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