Watch Out For 6 Scalp Problems That May Cause Hairloss
Scratching your head again because of your itchy scalp? Don’t just ignore it. There’s a connection between itchy scalp and hairloss.
Instead of dismissing your scalp condition as a minor inconvenience, you should know that the seemingly little discomfort can become a more serious hair problem over time. For short-term relief, you can try home remedies for your itchy scalp. But you also have to think long-term. Prevent further hairloss with treatments that can make your scalp a cleaner and healthier environment for your hair to grow.
But before you get to that, it’s important to educate yourself first on how different scalp problems may cause hairloss, which are usually caused by fungal, bacterial or viral infections.
1. Dandruff / Itchy, flaky scalp
Although scalp problems like dandruff don’t directly cause hair to fall out, the constant scratching may worsen the hairloss problem, according to Svenson’s Chief Trichologist Mr. Michael Bernstein.
Scratching your scalp all the time pulls your hair, causing its roots to get weak and your hair to fall out.
Are you prone to dandruff? Stress makes it worse, so if you’re stressing about your dandruff, that will raise your chance of getting more dandruff. That flaky, itchy scalp isn’t going to magically disappear one day. Stop stressing out and scratching your head—seek help from a certified trichologist as early as possible.
2. Scalp psoriasis / itchy, red, scaly patches on the scalp
Psoriasis on the scalp appears as red patches of thick, crusted scales covering the whole scalp and may extend to the nape, around the ears, and forehead. This scalp condition can itch, hurt, and bleed.
Scalp psoriasis, when it’s severe, is one of the scalp problems that may cause temporary hairloss. As with the case of dandruff, psoriasis doesn’t directly trigger hair thinning. But if you have it, you can lose hair when you often scratch and pick at the scaly patches and get stressed about your scalp condition.
As soon as the psoriasis is controlled, you can expect normal hair growth again.
3. Ringworm / red and swollen round patches on the scalp
Ringworm of the scalp is a fungal infection that typically starts as a small pimple that gradually gets bigger and causes temporary hairloss. When fungi spread into the hair fibers, these hairs quickly become fragile and prone to breakage. This develops into scaly and swollen bald patches on the affected part of the scalp and may turn into blisters.
4. Folliculitis / Hair follicle infection
Viral, bacterial or fungal infection of the hair follicles causes itching, red bumps, blisters (that ooze and form crusts) on the scalp. The swelling of the infected follicles leads to short-term hairloss as one of its side effects. However, serious cases of folliculitis may eventually damage the follicles, causing permanent balding.
5. Lichen planopilaris / itchy, reddish-purple bumps on the scalp
Lichen planopilaris usually affects female young adults and causes extreme itching, pain, and burning sensation on the scalp. Gradually, it leads to permanent patchy hairloss. Its cause is still unknown, but according to dermatologists, this scalp problem is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells.
6. Seborrheic dermatitis / itchy, scaly, swollen scalp
Comparable to an advanced stage of dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis causes redness, itching, scaling, pain, and swelling on the scalp. If the swelling occurs near the hair follicles, they can be affected as well, leading to rapid hair fall and thinning.
This scalp condition may happen to people suffering from stroke, head injury or Parkinson’s disease. If you have seborrheic dermatitis, fatigue and stress can worsen it.
Do you experience one of these six scalp problems that may cause hairloss? Now that you know more about what’s causing your scalp to itch, it’s time to get expert opinion on your condition. An itchy scalp is a red flag telling you that something worse may happen if you don’t treat your scalp problem right away. So don’t wait until the condition is already severe.
It’s best to visit a qualified trichologist for a consultation and evaluation of your hair and scalp so that you can address the problems before they get worse. Book a free hair and scalp consultation at Svenson today! #TheHairlossAuthority