Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Itchy Scalp Leads to Hair Loss

Itchy scalp syndrome is often accompanied by falling hair. This condition is irritating in more ways than one because we not only have to deal with the itch, but face the fact that we are losing hair as well. Here’s the good news, hair loss from an itchy scalp is a temporary problem; the hair will grow back once the itch is treated. A certain amount of hair loss is to be expected each day. Hair loss is a problem when the loss is more than what is normal for a day.

Why do we get an itchy scalp in the first place and what’s the connection to hair loss? When the scalp secretes excessive amounts of oil, the medical term for the problem is scalp dysesthesia. The oil or sebum is actually a protective covering for the follicle shaft. The oil provides the hair with the necessary nutrients. When the oil is more than the normal quantity, it inflames the skin causing constant itching. When we scratch because of the itching, the skin starts to flake. The flaking makes the scalp vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections, which cause the scalp to itch more. 

Harsh chemicals in the hair care products and the dirt in the air add to the irritation and make the scalp itch more. This leads to hair falling out because of the itch and the excess oil. When the follicles get damaged, the hair falls out because it stops receiving the nutrients it needs to stay healthy.

Here are some suggestions to take care of the itchy scalp and prevent hair from falling:

Stop using harsh dyes and other chemical laden products. Just because a product advertises the moon it’s no reason to rush out and buy it. Change your shampoo; it could be the cause of the irritation. It is the chemicals in shampoos that strip the hair of the natural oils present. Natural shampoos are best for the hair and many of them contain anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties to stop the itch and clear the infection.

This is not meant to be insulting, but personal hygiene is essential in maintaining a healthy scalp. Wash hair as soon as it gets greasy or dirty. If you’ve been out in the dust all day wash your hair. People who are the outdoorsy type need to wash their hair daily. Anyone who exercises regularly should wash their hair at least on alternative days. If you are more the stay-at-home sort, washing your hair twice a week should be fine.