Scalp itch making me INSANE!

posted 2 years ago in Wellness
Post # 2
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

anhelms:  I have never experience this before.

My husband recently had a mild case of head itch- so we bought the Head and Shoulder’s rinse out treatment, and he hasn’t complained since.


I know you’ve said you’ve switched shampoos– may I ask what you’re using?  Is it sulfate-free?  While I never had head itch, I do have a mild allergy to sulfate in shampoos.  I can use a sulfate shampoo about 2-3 days in a row, and after that my scalp doesn’t like it (I also have a sulfate medication allergy, too!)

I’d check out the ingredients in your shmapoo for starters…..because simply switching shampoo isn’t going to necessarily help!

Post # 3
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Cottage on the Creek

Neutrogena makes 2 shampoos – Tsal and Tgel – that are both amazing. Target/some groceries have generic versions that work just as good. I use 2x a week. I have psoriasis on my scalp only – never had one flake anywhere else on my body. It’s itchy and flaky and embarassing. dermatologist recomended neutrogena over prescription options and i LOVE it. 

Post # 6
1377 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

anhelms:  I have had an itchy scalp for the better part of 3 years. I have no idea what really caused it, but I was temporarily diagnosed with seborrheatic dermatitis. The meds for that did absolutely nothing. I changed shampoos, I tried conditioning treatments, hell, I did hot oil treatments. I’d feel fine for a day, then boom itchy. I am now on the Aveda scalp benefits shampoo, and the itch is gone, except for very very dry, hot days. I absolutely love it. 

Post # 7
5818 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

anhelms:  Have you been to a dermatologist? You might have some sort of parasite like Ringworm. 

Post # 8
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Try coconut oil.  I’ve used it and it helps.  I’ll rub some into my scalp and let it sit for 30 minutes and then I’ll rinse and shampoo it out.  I’ll do that a few days in a row and it gets better. 

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  lizzyboot80.
Post # 9
2191 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

When this happens now I know I need to pop an Allegra (or other anti histamine) and it stops. I never know what I was reacting to though…

Post # 12
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

anhelms:  I haven’t read any other responses, but I get this every winter. The only thing that gives me relief, is pure tea tree oil. I put a few drops in my hand with shampoo, and the itchiness and flakes are gone within 3 days. I use it for maintenance 1-2xs per week until the spring.

Post # 14
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I’d look for natural shampoos. Look at their ingrediants… tjmaxx and places like that usually have some.  Also, I’d massage some coconut oil into your scalp to moisturize it. Let is sit to absorb (overnight is good!) and then wash it out in the morning. Also, a tea tree oil shampoo might help!<br /><br />Do you notice any difference if you skip washing your hair a day? Is it itchier right after washing or late in the day?

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  amberback.
  • This reply was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  amberback.
Post # 15
1677 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

anhelms:  If atarax helps, it’s likely to be chronic hives. I had something similar happen to me over the last year. A few times a week I would wake up with insane itching on my hands, but no rash. Antihistamines (like atarax) did help. I made a doc appointment and started journaling everything. I noticed that it happened more often when I took Ibuprofen or any other NSAID. My doc said it was probably an NSAID allergy and gave me something different for pain. It definitely happened less frequently, but was still occurring about once a week. I mentioned this to my OB/GYN on an unrelated visit, and she tested me for celiac disease…which came back positive. I have since eliminated gluten and it has mostly stopped. But oddly enough, I still get it if I take NSAIDS after having too much alcohol. My point to you is that is not always one thing that can cause what you’re experiencing. My itching was caused by a bunch of things all working together.

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