How to Deal With an Itchy, Burning Scalp
No one loves any form of discomfort, and that includes you. If you are reading this, it is because you are dealing with the discomfort and embarrassment of a burning scalp syndrome; a poorly understood condition where part, or the entire scalp, of a person feels itchy, tingly, tender, or even hot. Unfortunately, this disorder is normally chronic and can change from hardly recognizable to almost unbearable.
What are the causes?
A burning and itchy scalp is usually caused by a several inflammatory conditions of the skin, such as fungal infection, eczema, and psoriasis. This uncomfortable condition can also be caused by a reaction to some hygiene products or hair styles. Some of the causes such as the ones associated with infections demand specific treatment and you are the advised to seek the services of a dermatologist.
What are the remedies for the condition?
Of course, beside the advice of a dermatologist, other general remedies exist. These remedies are known to help, despite the cause. I will introduce you to three of these remedies so you can decide the one you feel most comfortable with.
1. Dandruff Shampoos
Shampooing daily using a dandruff shampoo can help relieve the itching and burning on the scalp. You may want to consider using a coal tar based shampoo, since it is well suited to numerous conditions, such as psoriasis and dandruff. If you want to go natural, a shampoo made from tea tree oil should play the part.
2. Over-the-Counter Medications
1% Hydrocortisone Cream, which is available in the pharmacy over the counter, helps in soothing a burning and itchy condition in many instances. Other topical treatments that you can rely on come in the form of foams and lotions. These ones can also be purchased with a prescription. You can also use antihistamines that are normally used in treating allergies; they sometimes reduce itching and burning.
3. Other Treatments
If you cannot get hold of the above two form of treatments in good time, there maybe other options. For instance, a cold compress might be what you need. Another alternative is soaking your head in a lukewarm bath water containing several pinches of colloidal oatmeal or water sprinkled with baking soda.
Olive oil is also another helpful treatment when massaged on the scalp and then left for about ten minutes before rinsing it in the shower. If you have not tried the sun yet, try spending some time in the sun, as this could help relieve inflammation, and subsequently itching and burning, too.
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