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Scalp sensitivity and scalp infections afflict millions of women globally and just about every woman will have some form of scalp irritation or infection in their lifetime. Scalp infections tend to itchy, painful, unsightly and most often frustrating.

These scalp infections tend to clear up on their own or with the help of over-the-counter medication. A persistent scalp infection could be an indication of a major illness or deficiency of certain body nutrients.

Dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis). Dandruff is a skin condition that causes itching, scabbing or flaking. It always manifests as crusty patches of white skin that attach itself to the hair shaft. The cause of dandruff has never been ascertained though it cannot be linked with uncleanliness. There is a possibility of having dandruff even if you shampoo your hair every day. Dandruff has also been traced to infants. It is neither a sign of poor health nor is it contagious.

Contact Dermatitis. This is an allergic reaction to substances and ingredients used to make earrings, necklaces, shampoos, hair dye or latex materials. These reactions will go away after cleansing or after a few days on their own. Sometimes the reaction can be too severe and cause bleeding and irritation in which case medical intervention is advised. Some of these allergic reactions can morph into contagious diseases. You ought to be very careful when you have a scalp allergic reactions because they tend to get stronger with multiple exposures to the allergen.

Scalp Psoriasis. According to dermatology statistics, 50% of those who suffers from psoriasis tend to have scalp psoriasis. This condition causes thick, silver-gray types of scabs all over your scalp. Mild psoriasis can be treated with medicated shampoos and lotions while severe psoriasis requires injectable steroids. Antimicrobial treatment is necessary if the condition is also accompanied by swollen lymph nodes. Psoriasis is not just a scalp problem it is known to also affect other parts of the body.

Seborrhoeic Eczema. This condition causes thick, itchy, scaly, irritated red scabs on your scalp. When it is advanced it is known to spread to your ears, neck and face. When it is very advanced it can spread to other parts of the body causing intense irritation and discomfort. Medicated shampoos are the most commonly used remedy because they loosen the infected scales. 

 This article is aimed at providing suggestions on common scalp infections and conditions and is not a replacement to physician advice. It is important to contact a physician for all medical problems.  

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