Itching is one of the most common signs of dandruff and is often an early warning sign before flakes start to appear. But it isn’talways dandruff.
First, rule out dandruff – it's one of the most common causes of itch and is easy to treat with itchy scalp shampoo.
How to spot the symptoms of dandruff
Some people have allergic reactions to substances in certain foods or products like the chemicals in hair dyes that can cause irritation like itching and redness.
Another common cause of irritation is a sensitive scalp. If you have a sensitive scalp, try to use a sensitive scalp shampoo– it’s designed to be gentle on your scalp to help prevent irritation.
If you think you might have an allergic reaction, it’s best to consult your dermatologist who can perform tests to identify what you might be allergic to.
Another common cause of itching, occurring as lice bite the scalp, causing inflammation and itching.
You may feel lice moving along your scalp or you may spot lice during a visual inspection to identify the problem.
Other scalp problems
Aside from dandruff, other scalp issues like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis or tinea capitis(ringworm) can cause itching.
So if you’ve ruled out dandruff, allergies and lice it’s best to visit your dermatologist to help identify and treat the problem.
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