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September 10, 2019
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Understanding Skin Rashes Caused by Itchy Scalp

Rashes are some of the most common skin conditions out there, and in many cases they develop as a symptom or a result of a different issue. One good example here is a dry, itchy scalp, which is a common issue that often is accompanied by a rash, dandruff or even open sores in some severe cases.

At the offices of Brian J Williams, MD, PC, skin rash treatment is just one of several high-quality dermatologist services we offer. If you are experiencing a rash that’s caused by an itchy scalp, what are some of the potential root sources and how can you get rid of this? Let’s look at all the important factors here.

Causes of Itchy Scalp

It’s important to note that the skin on our scalps is very different from the skin you’ll find on most other areas of the body. It’s meant to hold hair follicles and oil glands, glands that can sometimes create specific issues like itching in the area.

Specifically, there are four conditions that commonly lead to itchy scalp concerns:

  • Psoriasis: This is a condition that comes with flaky, itchy skin as well as a bright pink rash in many cases. It may also be related to psoriatic arthritis, so it should be diagnosed by a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis: A common rash that’s sometimes red or orange in color, and can also cause dandruff. This condition only occurs in oily skin, and is also sometimes found on the face or chest.
  • Allergic reactions: Often triggered by new products like shampoo, allergic reactions tend to be due to preservatives or fragrances present.
  • Folliculitis: When hair follicles become inflamed due to bacteria trapped in them, they can become itchy and appear almost like pimples or sores on the skin.

Hair Loss Association?

When looking to treat itchy scalp concerns, it’s important to address whether they may be related to conditions that also lead to hair loss. This is not common, luckily, but if you notice significant hair “shedding” or less hair present on your scalp, speak to your physician right away for proper testing.

Treatment Options

For cases caused by seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis, many over-the-counter shampoos have shown success with improving dry scalp on their own. These products include elements like sulfur, selenium, tar, zinc or salicylic acid, each of which can assist with the underlying conditions and the dryness alike.

In other cases, prescription medications or products might be required. These could include anti-yeast shampoos or antibiotics depending on their severity.

For more on rashes caused by dry or itchy scalp concerns, or to learn about any of our acne, skin rash or skin cancer treatments, speak to the staff at the offices of Brian J Williams, MD, PC today.