HAIR CARE & BEAUTY » Scalp Conditions
Itching of the scalp can occur with any of the conditions that cause scalp scaling. Other causes of scalp itching include:
- Contact dermatitis-irritation or allergic reaction associated with contact with an offending agent such as hair bleach, coloring solution, or permanent wave solution.
- Eczema occurring on the scalp; the type of eczema called atopic dermatitis is a systemic disease requiring medical diagnosis and treatment.
- Acne on the scalp.
- Lichen simplex, a localized thickening and "itchiness" of skin caused by persistent rubbing or scratching of apparently normal skin.
- Head Lice - the head louse is a very small parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on very small amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Head lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem for kids ages 3 years to 12 years and often see more commonly among girls than boys. Head lice are not dangerous and don't spread disease, but are extremely contagious. Their bites may cause a child's scalp to become itchy and inflamed, and persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.
For more information, see the American Academy of Dermatology Website.
Diseases and Disorders of the Scalp