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Scalp Conditions: Symptoms and Causes

Scalp Conditions: Symptoms and Causes

Scalp is a partial part of a human's skin and just like how there are various skin types, the same applies for scalp too. So, if you are looking for products that best resolve any of your hair or scalp problems, it is recommended to know your scalp’s type and understand how it works. Here are some of the common scalp conditions faced by the majority of people.

1. Hair Loss

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Hair loss is caused by a number of factors - genetics, malnutrition, hormonal changes, not washing hair properly, or some of the scalp conditions listed below. It can also be permanent or temporary.

Symptoms:

  • Find clumps of hair in a comb / brush or in the drain after washing.
  • Hair breaks easily even with gentle pulling.
  • Thinning patches of hair.


2. Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is a chronic condition that occurs when skin grows too rapidly and usually found on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. It may be itchy or asymptomatic (no signs of symptoms).

Symptoms:

  • Appearance of flaky, itchy patches.
  • Skin can be dry, and the surface can crack and bleed.
  • Patches may also extend to the forehead, around the ears and down to the neck.


3. Seborrheic Eczema (Cradle Cap / Dermatitis)

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Similar to Psoriasis, but usually painless and non-itchy.

Symptoms:

  • Flaky, scaly patches on the skin, especially the scalp.


4. Tinea Capitis (Ringworm)

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Tinea Capitis or commonly known as Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the scalp and hair shafts, and it is highly contagious. It usually affects children, but it can occur to people of all ages.

Symptoms:

  • Itchy, flaky circular patches on the scalp.
  • Red area or bald spots on the skin.
  • Brittle hair, hair loss, scalp pain, low fever, swollen lymph nodes.


5. Head Lice

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Head Lice are parasites that live on the human scalp and take their nutrition by sucking blood. They look like sesame seeds and may be seen or felt crawling around the scalp. They may also live in eyebrows and eyelashes.

Symptoms:

  • Itchy scalp.
  • May feel crawling on the scalp.
  • Sore and redness due to scratching.


6. Dandruff

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Dandruff is one of major scalp problems faced by many and there are a few factors that lead to dandruff. It could be because you have dry skin, not shampooing enough or washing too much, seborrheic dermatitis (a chronic condition that affects sebum production, making skin either too dry or too oily) or yeast / fungus overgrowth named.

Symptoms:

  • White flakes on the scalp that eventually fall off on the shoulders
  • Itchy, dry and red scalp


7. Alopecia Areata

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Alopecia Areata is a condition where the immune system attacks the hair follicles and often resulting in unpredictable hair loss.Sometimes it can lead to a complete loss of hair or whole body in extreme cases.

Symptoms:

  • Small, coin-sized patches of hair loss on the scalp, around the beard area, on the eyelashes, in the armpits, inside the nose and ears, and in the eyebrows.


8. Folliculitis

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Folliculitis is an infection or inflammation of the hair follicle. It can appear nearly anywhere that hair grows, including the scalp. It might be due to shaving or wearing tight clothing. Some might not feel anything, however they might feel slight itching.

Symptoms:

  • Small red, white or yellow bumps
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Pus
  • Soreness

It is recommended to see a hair expert or dermatologist should you experience any of the conditions listed above. If you have none, then good for you, but not to forget your scalp needs some pampering too, just like how you pamper your skin. If you’re looking for hair care products that contain no harmful chemicals, then you won’t go wrong with Triple Tree Hair Care products that promise you an eco-friendly journey to your ideal hair health. Click HERE or the image below for more info.

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