What other symptoms might occur with an itchy scalp?
An itchy scalp may occur with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms can affect the skin and scalp and other body systems in some cases. For example, you may have joint pain if your itchy scalp is caused by psoriatic arthritis, a chronic inflammatory disorder.
Skin symptoms that may occur along with an itchy scalp
An itchy scalp may occur with other scalp and skin-related symptoms including:
Cracked skin on the scalp or skin
Hair loss and thinning hair
Itchy elbows and knees
Rash or marks on the skin
Redness, irritation or inflammation
Scaling, flaking or cracking of skin
Sores or lesions from scratching
Tiny white specs at the base of the hair (lice eggs, nits) or small moving parasites in the hair, eyebrows or eyelashes (head lice)
Other symptoms that may occur along with an itchy scalp
An itchy scalp may occur with symptoms related to body systems other than the skin and scalp including:
Cold skin and poor toleration of the cold
Joint pain and stiffness
Poor concentration and memory problems
Problems with the nails, such as yellowing or pitting or brittle nails
Red, watery, itchy eyes
Sneezing and runny nose
Stress and anxiety
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain
What is an itchy scalp?
An itchy scalp is an inflammatory reaction of the skin underneath the hair on your head. An itchy scalp is a common problem, particularly among adults. An itchy scalp may or may not be associated with a visible rash or broken skin.
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What causes an itchy scalp?
The most common cause of an itchy scalp is dandruff, or seborrheic dermatitis, which is believed to be caused by a combination of oily skin and overgrowth of yeast. Environmental and lifestyle factors, such as hair products, acne, stress, and obesity, appear to increase the risk of developing seborrheic dermatitis.
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