An itchy scalp (or, in medical terms, pruritus) can be a real pain, especially when the cold weather and being in stuffy heated rooms aggravates it further. If you notice an increased rate of hair loss alongside this condition, it’s only natural to worry. Here, we take a look at what could be causing the itchy scalp and subsequent hair loss, and what you can do to halt and reverse your hair loss.
Getting To The Root Of The Problem
What shampoo are you using? If it’s a particularly strong one, it can damage your hair follicles and lead to infections such as folliculitus. Alongside the itching and hair loss, symptoms can include white heads and even painful red boils around the roots of your hair. If left untreated, folliculitus can injure your hair follicle, leaving areas of scarring and baldness. Antibiotics will treat the infection, and when this is dealt with clinical treatments can help stimulate regrowth and soothe your scalp.
If your shampoo doesn’t seem to be causing the problem, you might be dealing with ringworm of the scalp. Caused by fungi called dermophytes, the symptoms include red, itchy patches on the scalp and also a rash of black dots. An aggressive fungus, it requires treatment with antibiotics and close monitoring. Natural scalp treatments can also aid the healing process.
If your scalp is exhibiting red patches covered by scaly white skin, you could well be dealing with psoriasis. This very itchy condition can cause temporary baldness, and as there is no known cure for psoriasis, we can only suggest ways of soothing the itching. Home remedies that include birch or avocado oil have been known to be very effective in soothing the inflamed skin.
If none of the above apply to you, there are a number of other conditions that could be the cause behind your itchy scalp and hair loss. Common conditions such as some allergic reactions – for instance to chemical hair dyes or relaxers, or dandruff, a term used to group together a number of flakey scalp conditions where human skin is continually manufactured and shred, are other potential diagnoses. Specialist shampoos can be effective in treating these.
I’ve Solved The Itchiness, How Do I Get My Hair Back?
Once your scalp condition has been diagnosed and treated as best it can, your hair should begin to regrow naturally. However, some conditions can be so severe that hair follicles are damaged, resulting in poor regrowth. Luckily, there are many other options to explore before you consider a hair transplant, and a hair loss specialist at The Belgravia Centre will be happy to talk you through the ones available to you in a free consultation, where a proposed treatment plan will be created.
As well as prescription medications Propecia and minoxidil, we offer clinical treatments which involve applying treatments to stimulate the hair and scalp, help to sooth or clear up scalp problems, and nourish and condition the hair before a relaxing massage completes the experience. The ointments applied to your scalp can be adapted for various skin conditions, and we also produce shampoos and conditioners for specific skin and hair types. For proof of how effective our combinations of treatments can be, take a look at our hair loss success stories.
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.