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5 Irritating Scalp Problems In Women!

By Dr. Nikita Toshi +2 more

The scalp is an extension of our skin. While we slather all kinds of lotions and creams and pamper the skin over our faces and arms, we largely ignore the one under our hair. Bereft of proper care and nutrition, the effects start showing in the forms of infections and diseases. There is nothing that can nudge your impression southwards swifter than flakes of dandruff on your shoulders or red rashes on your temple. Here is a look at some irritating scalp conditions in women.

All of us lose some amount of hair every day but when we lose hair at a pace faster than at which it can be regenerated is known as hair loss. It is one of the most common problems assailing women. Due to ageing or certain biological factors like recent childbirth, the hair begins to thin out first. The causes could be hereditary or due to stress as well. Mostly, it is because of low-quality hair products. Whether you are in your 20s, 30s or later, you can suffer from hair loss at any stage. In most cases, women delay going to the dermatologist until it is too late. With medications are taken at the right time, the situation can be controlled.

An itchy, dry, and flaky scalp could be telling you that you need to do a better job of rinsing the shampoo from your hair. Leaving some shampoo on your scalp can irritate it. If you have an itchy scalp and a rash, you may have a condition called allergic contact dermatitis.

Dr. M.G. Kartheeka, MBBS, MD
  • Dandruff

Another problem that women face is that of dandruff. The dead skin of the scalp flakes off and falls on the shoulders making an unwelcome sight. It can be due to medication, a fungal infection, seasonal or hormonal changes. The best bet is to regularly wash your hair with a medicated shampoo and you can also for  natural ways to get rid of dandruff. If that doesn’t work, you will need to consult your dermatologist.

  • Head Lice

The itchy scalp that is giving you sleepless nights might be more than dandruff. It could be that bane of hair health-head lice. Lice are contagious. If someone has them and you end up sharing their comb or even their headphones, their towel or their pillow or just gave them a hug, chances are very high of your head being their next home. Over the counter, medicated shampoos prove to be effective. If the infestation continues, consult a doctor.

Sensitive scalp with itching, prickling, or burning pain associated with hair loss is a common symptom reported by females with poor scalp hygiene and in cases of seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, consultation with a dermatologist is found to be very helpful to diagnose and treat the symptoms.

Dr. Ashish Bajaj – M.B.B.S, M.D.
  • Eczema

In Eczema, the skin becomes dry, red and patchy. In severe cases, it might start cracking as well. The problem starts as small patches but if not treated in time, the problem may exacerbate. It can be treated with medicines.

  • Psoriasis

In this condition, the scalp attains a red, flaky appearance with crusty areas of skin that seem to have scales. In severe cases, the patches may get sore. It is a long-term condition in which the severity of the disease will wax and wane. Some people just produce more skin cells than others. The excess cells lead to a buildup and these look like patches. Psoriasis is considered to be an auto-immune disease. Genetics play a huge role in this condition. It is not a contagious condition but medical attention is needed to improve Psoriasis symptoms.

Also Read: Coping Strategies For Stress-Related Eczema On Hands: An Overview

Also Read:  9 Irritating Scalp Conditions in Men.

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational/awareness purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment by a healthcare professional and should not be relied upon to diagnose or treat any medical condition. The reader should consult a registered medical practitioner to determine the appropriateness of the information and before consuming any medication. PharmEasy does not provide any guarantee or warranty (express or implied) regarding the accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of the information; and disclaims any liability arising thereof.

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