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Itching Scalp

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.

From article:
Diseases and Disorders of the Scalp