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Itchy Head – Is it Dandruff?

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Itching is one of the most common signs of dandruff and is often an early warning sign before flakes start to appear. But it isnt always dandruff.

First, rule out dandruff it's one of the most common causes of itching and is easy to treat with itchy scalp shampoo.

How to spot the symptoms of dandruff

Allergic reactions

Some people have allergic reactions to substances in certain foods or products like the chemicals in hair dyes that can cause irritation like itching and redness.

If you think you might have an allergic reaction, its best to consult your dermatologist who can perform tests to identify what you might be allergic to.

Head lice

Another common cause of itching, occurring as lice bite the scalp, causing inflammation and itching.

You may feel lice moving along your scalp or you may spot lice during a visual inspection to identify the problem.

Other scalp problems

Aside from dandruff, other scalp issues like psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis or tinea capitis (ringworm) can cause itching.

So if youve ruled out dandruff, allergies and lice its best to visit your dermatologist to help identify and treat the problem.

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