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How to treat an itchy scalp

by Nyucel Wellness on September 19, 2021

How to treat an itchy scalp

We've all been there, scratching an itchy, dry scalp and sometimes paired with dandruff — Uff! — and other times, it may have its scaly and red patches. Along with being extremely uncomfortable, it also signifies an imbalance of the scalp's overall health.

An itchy scalp is a common condition that can cause frequent scratching and discomfort. Sometimes, it is accompanied by visible signs like scabbed and flaking skin, while sometimes it just itches without any skin changes.

Whether it is due to a build-up of sweat and sebum, or a reaction of some particular product, we have got your back — rather, scalp.

How to know if I have an itchy scalp

An itchy scalp often feels tingly and painful. Itching or scratching your scalp may feel better at once, but later it may cause pain.

Symptoms of an itchy scalp may include:

  • bald patches
  • dry skin
  • irritated skin
  • redness
  • scales or patches on the scalp
  • scalp swelling
  • sores on the scalp

Why my scalp is itchy

The most common reason for an itchy scalp is dandruff or a sensitive scalp. However, it can also indicate an underlying medical condition. In infants, the condition is known as cradle cap or crib cap. It often happens in an area where sebaceous glands (oil-secreting glands) become inflamed. You can experience:

  • Itching
  • Flaking
  • Reddened skin
  • Yellow or white scales
While some potential causes may include:

  • Skin infection
  • Seasonal changes
  • Hormonal fluctuations or stress
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Anxiety, stress, and depression

How to treat my itchy scalp

Treatment may depend on its cause. For example, dandruff and itchy scalp can be treated through regular hair wash with Nyuhayr apple cider shampoo. This toxin-free, herbal shampoo works in a unique way, cleans and nourishes the scalp, reducing dandruff and remove unhealthy bacteria or fungal infections.

Check out some clear, easy, and affordable ways to make an itchy scalp a thing of the past.

Deep cleansing with apple cider vinegar shampoo

Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties. It helps to reduce the itchy skin caused by dry skin. Apple cider vinegar is a great way to maintain the health of your scalp.

According to NCBI, the oil glands which produce oil to maintain a healthy scalp, unfortunately, build up, and as your usual shampoo is not able to clean it away, you end up with an itchy scalp.

Nyuhayr apple cider shampoo cleans the scalp, gently removing unwanted impurities, excess oil, and build-ups while being gentle and safe for color-treated hair.

Apply coconut oil

Coconut oil is naturally extracted from ripe coconut. It contains lauric acid, a saturated fat that has antimicrobial properties. This lauric acid helps your scalp absorb the oil, making it a soothing treatment for itchy scalp.

Use peppermint oil

Peppermint oil can also be effective in soothing the scalp, reducing dandruff and itches. That's because it contains a high concentration of a naturally occurring substance called menthol, which soothes your scalp. You can dilute the peppermint oil with olive oil or apple cider vinegar and apply it to your scalp before shampooing. You can also use peppermint tea to rinse your hair after shampoo.

Massage with tea tree oil

Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. You can mix 10-20 drops of tea tree oil with a gentle shampoo, or you can mix with olive oil or coconut oil and massage on your scalp gently. However, tea tree oil can irritate your skin, so it's important to dilute it before use.

Reduce stress with meditation

You will be surprised to know that meditation, which helps reduce stress, may effectively eliminate itchy scalps caused by anxiety or eczema. A study at Emory University indicated that meditation helps in coping mechanisms and a sense of control. Therefore, meditation with the conjunction of the above treatments can help you eliminate itches.

How to prevent an itchy scalp

You can reduce your risk of getting an itchy scalp by regularly shampooing to remove build-up oils. Wash your hair with normal water or Luke warm water — water to avoid irritating and drying out the scalp. Try to avoid chemical products such as:

  • dyes
  • fragrances
Avoid physical contact with people having head lice to prevent spreading lice.

When to see a doctor

If the itchiness remains after following all these home remedies and is accompanied by hair loss, pain, sores, or severe itching, see your doctor.

An itchy scalp won't go away due to fungal infection, lice, or some other conditions. In that case, your doctor will carefully take a scraping of your scalp and get it tested in a lab to understand the type of infection and treat you accordingly.