Dr. Jaishree Sharad
Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist
We all go through some or the other scalp related issues at some point of time in our lives. Dandruff is one of the most commonly faced scalp problems. It has been proven that around 50% of the population deals with dandruff. There is some good news here, you don’t have to live with this scalp condition or any other like it if you don’t want to. There are simple things you can do to get rid of any scalp related problems. Let’s find out what are some common types of scalp problems and how to identify them.
This is the most common type of scalp infection. Dandruff symptoms include white or off-white flakes which are evidently a build up resulted by quicker shedding of scalp dead cells than usual.
- Seborrheic dermatitis
This is the occurrence of oily ad flaky skin cells on the scalp and other parts of the body. symptoms include itchiness, red and scaly skin.
This type of scalp problem is marked by pink flakes and bumps and bleeding when these flakes are removed.
- Scalp Folliculitis
When the hair follicle becomes inflamed it causes redness, bumps, and itchiness. This type of scalp infection is contagious and must be treated as soon as possible.
- Fungal/ bacterial ringworm
Fungal infections on scalp are not something to be alarmed about. They can happen to anyone and can be treated too. This type of scalp infection is marked by patchy redness and baldness in circular shape all over the scalp.
Here are a few simple things you can do at home, by yourself to keep these scalp issues at bay or even to cure them. Read on to find out all about them,
Stress has been proven to generally have a massive negative impact on your everyday mental and physical health. There isn’t a single doubt that dandruff and other scalp related issues can also stem from excessive stress. If you keep your stress in control and keep taking lifestyle measures like meditation and yoga you can really get rid of scalp problems of various kinds.
- Hair styling products
It has been proven that frequent use of hair styling tools like straightener, curler and other products that you think might be helping your hair, are actually damaging your scalp.
Keep the usage of these tools and products restricted to bare minimum and you can fight scalp problems very well.
- Shampooing frequency
An oily scalp can manifest a lot of scalp related diseases. Make sure you shampoo your hair regularly so cleanse your scalp of any dirt, oil, or germ build up. This will keep diseases like dandruff, scalp psoriasis, ringworm and others away.
It is the most to be hydrated both inside and outside of your body. Drink lots of water as it can moisturize your scalp avoiding dandruff causing germs to effect your scalp.
To know how to professionally treat a dandruff infection or a scalp condition which commonly causes redness and itchiness it is important to know the causes of itchy scalp. And more so, to identify what is the kind of problem you are facing it is important to know what are the different types of scalp infections that people face. Some common scalp infections include Dandruff, Scalp Psoriasis, Dry Scalp and pattern baldness. While it may be easy to treat these at home with simple lifestyle changes, there are certain severe scalp infections which may be difficult to deal with or treat at home and you might have to visit the doctor for the same. These severe scalp infections include eczema, Tinea capitis, Alopecia areata, Head lice, Bamboo hair, Trichorrhexis nodosa and several others among these.
As long as the condition is not hampering your daily activity and can be treated at home with simple lifestyle measures then you needn’t go to the doctor. Trying out certain shampoos, conditioners and hair care products with certain ingredients can help you treat these minor scalp infections. Whereas, if the infection is causing too much itching, redness, sore scalp and bleeding then it is best that you see a dermatologist or a specialist.
While, for major scalp problems you will be visiting a dermatologist the minor symptoms can be treated well with shifting to Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo for personal, everyday use. It is a personal favourite because it has all the ingredients to deep clean your scalp and keep it up to 100%* dandruff causing germs and dandruff free for a longer period of time, when used regularly.