Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause

Scalp Itching Overview

What is scalp itching?
A person with scalp itching has irritation of the skin on the scalp, which results in the urge to scratch the area. Scalp itching is very common, and may be triggered by allergies, infections, chemicals, or inflammation.

What are the symptoms of scalp itching?
Symptoms that may occur with scalp itching include scalp pain, redness, swelling, and numbness. Additional symptoms may include a skin lump or hair loss.

How does the doctor treat scalp itching?
The treatment for scalp itching depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for scalp itching may include cold compresses, warm compresses, corticosteroid creams or lotions, antihistamine medications, antiparasitic medications, antibiotics, antifungal medications, or dandruff shampoo.

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