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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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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com.Please 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 icliniq.com. 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 »

How to get rid of grayish scaly and itchy scalp?

Query: Hi doctor,I have some questions regarding my scalp issues. My scalp has developed a grayish scaly patch. It seems to be a bump and I have itching on it. I am scared as it can spread to other parts of the scalp. I am using medication shampoo and conditioners for washing my hair for atleast three days...  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and I have gone through the attached photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You can have a possibility of having a seborrheic scalp (pityriasis capitis), scalp psoriasis, and fungal infection (tinea capitis). You can confirm t...  Read Full »

Apart from getting injections, what treatments are available for seborrheic dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, Eight years ago, a car wreck shattered the windshield, and my head got injured with pieces of glass. They did not take the glass out, and I have also been dying my hair since I was 16. I developed fibromyalgia from the wreck, which is supposed to be relatively non-progressive, however ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The diagnosis from your history would still be seborrheic dermatitis or sebopsoriasis or scalp psoriasis. This is more of a cyclical problem, it tends to curb down with 2 to 3 months of treatment, but recurring back with a change in season or lifestyle. However, it n...  Read Full »

Is there a permanent remedy to get rid of psoriasis?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know a few details of the tablets which I have been taking for my scalp psoriasis. Winolap 5mg once in a while when itching is too high (without doctor's prescription). Isotretinoin drugs/other drugs (with doctor's prescription). I have been taking these medicines on a...  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Isotretinoin is a potentially dangerous drug and in many countries there are very strict guidelines over its use. It basically contains retinoids which in simple language is a derivative of vitamin A. It is primarily used to treat severe cystic acne and I fail to und...  Read Full »

How to treat inflamed scalp due to contact dermatitis by tree tea oil application?

Query: Hello doctor, About two months ago, I used a coal tar shampoo mistakenly because I thought it would help remove a reaction I had to fenugreek, where I was constantly itching and flaking. Then, about three weeks ago, I washed my hair with 100% kaolin clay, undiluted tea tree oil, and apple cider vin...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Hydrocortisone ointment is a type of steroid. Most Hydrocortisone are mild, and they are used in the treatment of eczema, insect bites, and, in your case, for treating contact dermatitis. There are points to be kept in mind while using Hydrocortisone ointment: 1. It s...  Read Full »

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