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An Itchy Scalp And Hair Loss

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.

Help with an itchy head and hair lossGetting 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 CentreThe Belgravia Centre

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.


8th April, 2016 at 11:02 pm


Hi am Rubina I have scalp itching problem 3 week ready. n hear loss so much ..last month I we go for Holliday com back i saffaring this problem..so pls can u give some advice what should I do

15th April, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rubina, if your scalp itching is connected to your holiday it may be due to any number of factors including a sensitivity to chlorine in swimming pools, an allergic reaction or an underlying health issue. If you visit a hair loss specialist they will be able to help diagnose your condition and explain to you both its cause and how best to treat it.

7th July, 2016 at 9:33 am


Hiii I have a serious problem of itching and hairfall... Earlier I didn't had too much itching and hairfall but for about a month the Problem is very serious... I have to keep scratching my head because of itching and every time 10-12 hairs are in my hand .... So please suggest some cure and also some simple home remedies....

12th July, 2016 at 11:18 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Himanshu, here is a full response to your query from one of our senior hair loss specialists. We hope you find this information helpful.

16th August, 2016 at 8:27 pm


Hi ,i m vikram....i m suffer from hair problm....from last one month i have itchy scalp and and my hair is falling too much , i consult to mt doctor , my doctor said that i m suffering from alopicia and he given me homopathic medicine in whicj jabrondi oil and arnica sampoo is included. From 3 day im taking the medicine and using the oil and sampoo but still my hair is falling. I wanted to know that if i remove all my hair wil my problm get solved or not.

18th August, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Vikram, it will generally take more than three days to see any improvement, however it depends on the cause of your itchy scalp. The shampoo and homeopathic medicine will not treat your male pattern hair loss and this is also unlikely to be cause of your itching. We recommend you speak to a professional hair loss specialist as it is possible to have male pattern hair loss alongside a scalp condition which can make your hair shedding worse. In the meantime, ensure you wash your hair every day with a gentle shampoo to keep the scalp as clean as possible.

9th September, 2016 at 4:27 am


I'm 33 and my hair has always been thick. I always let it get real long in the winter and get it cut during the summer. I got it cut pretty short and bought a new kind of hair product that worked great. I noticed a few days after the hair cut that my head was itchy and I thought since my hair was so short, that it was a sunburn. I stopped using the new product along with others and my head is still itchy and I'm getting flakes/scabs of skin and little pimples/blood crystals. Dandruff has never been a problem for me. My hair isn't falling out a lot, but I have noticed I'm starting to thin on my crown where most of the itching is. My dog also had fleas really bad and thought maybe it had to do with that, but I never felt anything crawling on me. I started to use Selsun Blue with caffeine in it and also a conditioner to help damaged hair. It cut down on the itching, but my hair is still coming out a little bit. Nothing drastic though. I just can't stop itching even though I'm trying to fight it. So could this of just been a reaction to the new hair product?

14th September, 2016 at 10:21 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Jamie, here's a response to your query - we hope you find this helpful. If you'd like to make an appointment for a free consultation at one of our Central London hair loss clinics please do contact us, otherwise if you are based outside London you can complete an online consultation form instead.

12th October, 2016 at 2:31 pm

M Meganathan

my wife 75 yrs old, diabetes and hypertension patient. Taking medicine more than 3 years. Last 1-1/2 months too much head itching and also having hair loss.

12th October, 2016 at 3:22 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi there, as your wife has been on her medication for a significant amount of time and also due to her age, we would recommend she speaks to her GP about this issue. They will be in full possession of her medical information and should be able to advise accordingly as to what is causing this problem, and how to deal with it moving forward. We wish her the best of luck.

28th October, 2016 at 11:42 am

Khushnood Asif

Hi, I have been having many issues. First it was white stuff in my hair I assumed it was dandruff but than I had a lot of hair loss for months and now I've had hard shell type coming out of my hair. I had to peal it cause it had bumps and I've seen red bumps everywhere. I am only 17 years old and have experiences hair loss for 8 months. I've changed my shampoo's many times. But do not know the problem or anything.

31st October, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Khushnood, please find a full answer to your query here. We hope this is useful to you.

8th January, 2017 at 11:42 am


Hi,I have had a crawling itchy sensation on my scalp for about 8 months my scalp is very sore, my hairline is dry and looks like it's starting to thin I've never had scalp issues before what could this be?

9th January, 2017 at 2:48 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Aimee, this sounds as if it could be a dermatalogical scalp condition such as Seborrhoeic Dermatitis or Psoriasis. Our B4 Treatment Shampoo is good for combating the sensations caused by these conditions. We recommend you have a consultation so that a professional hair loss specialist can provide you with both a diagnosis of your complaint and personalised treatment recommendations. You are welcome to visit one of Belgravia's Central London hair loss clinics or if you are based outside London, it may be easier for you to complete an online consultation form which allows you to upload photos to help with your diagnosis.

12th March, 2017 at 3:36 pm


I keep getting an intense itching sensation and then ten mins after it stops clumps of hair come out and im also starting to get thinning nearly balding patches and a receding hairline and my hair has gone really thin. I havnt got dandruff or anything else.

14th March, 2017 at 12:15 pm


My head has been really itchy for a few months and a couple of weeks ago I noticed a bald patch at the side of my head under my hair. In two weeks it has grown from the size of a 50 pence piece to the size of an apple the patch is extremely itchy and 6/7 more hairs are falling out from around it each time I scratch it. Now other parts of my head are also itchy, hairs are becoming looser and my hair line looks higher. Is there anything I can do please or any advice as I'm worried I will end up completely bald. My GP advised it could be alopecia but wasn't much help.

14th March, 2017 at 3:12 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Rachel, we hope you find the information in this response from one of our senior hair loss specialists helpful.

14th March, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Emily, as you are experiencing both thinning hair and sudden hair fall plus a receding hairline along with itching this is something we would definitely need to speak to you about. We would need more information and would also need to be able to assess your scalp, either in person during a free consultation at one of our Central London hair loss clinics, or through our website where you can upload photos and information via our online consultation form.

8th May, 2017 at 11:11 am


Hi Sarah! For the past few months, my natural hair thick hair has been falling out in SUPER HUGE clumps whenever I comb it or wash it(I use Clear's Anti-Dandruff extra strong shampoo). And now, everyone has started to notice the obvious thinning in my hair as stray pieces of hair are stuck onto my t-shirts. In addition, my scalp has started to become itchy and at times, I notice really small yellowish white balls(like sugar or salt) embedded into my scalp. I'm only 18 and I'm terrified to comb or wash my hair.

9th May, 2017 at 11:52 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Shon, Please find a response from one of our senior hair loss specialists, here. We hope this is helpful to you and do try not to worry.

10th May, 2017 at 5:54 am


Hi Sarah! I'm on my twenties but my hair is getting thinner and thinner day by day. Everyday when my scalp gets itchy and my hair falls out. Currently I'm having propecia but It doesn't seem helpful. I hazard a guess that my hair loss is because of not having enough sleep. Please help me

10th May, 2017 at 10:36 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Umidjon, Propecia (which is one of the various brands of Finasteride 1mg available) is used to treat male pattern baldness. If your condition is not caused by this then it will not help. Try to remedy any lifestyle issues that could be causing stress to your body, such as not getting enough sleep on a regular basis, as these can cause thinning hair from all over the scalp due to a temporary condition called Telogen Effluvium. Male Pattern Baldness only affects the top of the scalp. A hair loss specialist will be able to give you a confirmed diagnosis after assessing you, and can then tailor an appropriate hair loss treatment course. They can also check for any scalp condition that may be causing itchiness and suggest appropriate treatment in tandem with your hair loss treatment.

12th May, 2017 at 8:08 am


Hi Sarah. I've had an itchy, red, sore crown for a long time (it often feels sore to the touch) and now my hair appears to be thinning there. My hairline seems fine and my hair is thick elsewhere. I'm not shedding hair in great amounts either but my crown definitely feels thinner, and I can often feel other things on my scalp such as a hard build up on the base of some hairs and little gritty bits that feel like rock salt. I can't even brush my crown gently because it still burns. The itching and burning is constant. Any advice?

15th May, 2017 at 9:27 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Calum, I passed your query to one of our Senior Hair Loss Specialists to answer. You can see her response, here.

28th May, 2017 at 1:26 pm


Hi, I am suffering from hailoss since three years. Now my hairs getting very fine day by day. Itchiness is also there during sweating. Sometime i found beared hair during washing my face as well. I had cosulted Alopathic, Homeopathic and Auyurvadic doctors but not found any solution. The problem is still same and due to all this my hair growth is very slow. No Iron deficiency, No thoiroid problem. Can you please help me!!

30th May, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Upen. It is hard to know without examining you but it does sound like male pattern baldness is a strong possibility. You can find out about how to prevent further shedding and regrow hair on our male hair loss treatments page.

10th June, 2017 at 2:33 am

Maryam any

Hi dear Please I need help.... I've been going to emotional trauma like four years ago and during that time I experience hair loss and my crown itches sometimes the all of my head and my hair comes out with white bolb on it... No bald spots sometime I feel a bump like bone on my front hair line it Comes and go... Even the itchy come and goes away sometime it goes for a while then comes back... I use shampoo and hair cream especially anti dandruff... Pls help me

12th June, 2017 at 9:12 am

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Maryam. We can't diagnose your scalp condition from what you say here - it could be sebhorrhoeic dermatitis but we would need to assess your scalp in order to tell you the precise issue and how to treat it. We recommend you arrange a free consultation either in person at one of our hair loss clinics in Central London or the City of London, or complete our online consultation form.

19th June, 2017 at 1:28 pm


hi like my crown area is feeling really uncomfortable and when i pull my hair even slowly my hair falls out. im on finasteride for a month now ao is it a reaction i was also on a holiday its was really hot swimming pools and all. so can u plz help me out and btw is there a permanent stop to mpb? thank you

19th June, 2017 at 2:25 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Manash, it is unlikely to be a reaction to finasteride if it is only affecting your crown but as you are not a Belgravia client we recommend you speak to your finasteride provider to have this checked. If you were on holiday there is a chance it could be a reaction to a number of things such as the chlorine in swimming pools etc. We would need to examine your scalp to be able to give you a correct diagnosis. There is no cure for male pattern hair loss as yet, but - as you know - there are two clinically-proven hair loss treatments which can help to effectively manage the condition by promoting hair growth and preventing baldness.

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