People often notice that when they have an itchy scalp for a prolonged period of time it can lead to an increase in hair loss. Sometimes the hair loss is so extreme that it causes people to think about looking into various hair transplant treatment options such as PRP therapy or FUE. The fact that the two often occur at the same time leads many people to believe that an itchy scalp actually causes the hair loss, but it doesn’t.
Itchy Scalp is Often Caused by Dermatological Conditions
Dermatological conditions such as dermatitis and psoriasis are often the most common cause of itchy scalp. These medical problems can cause huge patches of dry skin or large flakes to form on the scalp. The patches of dry skin and flakes can become extremely itchy. It is the itching that leads to hair loss.
People who suffer from these dermatological problems often experience an intense itching sensation on their scalp. In an effort to relieve that itch, they will scratch their scalp. The scratching may provide temporary relief, but it leads to hair loss. When you scratch your head, it can lead to hair loss because you are tugging or pulling on the hair follicles or the roots of the hair become damaged which results in your hair falling out.
Another reason why your hair may fall out when you suffer from these types of dermatological problems is that of the treatment you are undergoing. Many of these conditions are treated with medicated shampoos or topical ointments. While they do treat the problem, these shampoos and ointments are harsh on your hair follicles. Over time, the hair follicles can become damaged and result in hair loss.
Stress Plays a Huge Role in Hair Loss
Dealing with dermatological conditions that result in an itchy scalp can be distressing. That distress can cause stress. So, while the actual condition isn’t causing your hair loss, the stress is as stress is known to increase the amount of hair loss you experience.
Hair Loss from a Scalp Infection
In some cases, your scalp may be itchy because of an infection such as ringworm. Ringworm can cause intense itching of the scalp and contribute to your hair loss. When hair loss is from ringworm, the problem must first be treated with antifungal medication. Once treated, your hair may begin to grow back.
Visit a Hair Transplant Surgeon for Treatment Recommendations for Hair Loss
If you experience extreme hair loss that doesn’t go away once your dermatological problem is treated, you may want to schedule an appointment with a hair transplant surgeon. This healthcare professional can evaluate your case and determine what, if any, treatment can help with your hair loss. Some treatment options that may be able to help you include FUE, strip harvesting, and PRP therapy.
To learn more about treatment options, such as PRP therapy, strip harvesting, and FUE, call and schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon at Contemporary Hair Transplant located in Paramus, New Jersey.