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Itchy scalp

Itchy scalp: Introduction

Itchy scalp: Itching of the scalp. See detailed information below for a list of 19 causes of Itchy scalp, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Itchy scalp:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Itchy scalp. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Causes of Types of Itchy scalp:

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Itchy scalp: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Itchy scalp, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Itchy scalp Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Itchy scalp may include:

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Stories from Users for Itchy scalp

Real-life user stories relating to Itchy scalp:

Message Boards for Itchy scalp

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Diagnostic tests for Itchy scalp:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Itchy scalp. Some of these are listed below :

  • Skin examination
    • Inspect carefully for head lice or eggs of Pediculus humanus Capitus which are glued to the hair shafts
    • Note characteristics of skin rash - e.g. macular, papular, pustular, vesicular, bullous, scaly - will help determine the cause of the itchy rash (e.g. a macular or papular rash may suggest eczema, contact dermatitis, exfoliative dermatitis or a drug reaction; a pustular rash may suggest staphylococcus or a fungal skin infection; a vesicular or bullous rash may suggest chicken pox, dermatitis herpetiformis, contact dermatitis or bullous impetigo; a scaly rash may suggest psoriasis, fungal skin infection, dandruff, pityriasis capitis and seborrhoiec dermatitis).
  • Skin tests
    • Patch testing to detect skin allergies
  • more tests...»

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Medications or substances causing Itchy scalp:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Itchy scalp as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Akorazol Shampoo
  • Ketoconazole Shampoo
  • Nizoral Shampoo
  • Minoxidil lotion
  • Rogaine
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Itchy scalp: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Itchy scalp may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Itchy scalp

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Itchy scalp. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Misdiagnosis and Itchy scalp

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Organs affected by Itchy scalp:

The list of organs typically affected by Itchy scalp may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Itchy scalp

The list below shows some of the causes of Itchy scalp mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Itchy scalp?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Itchy scalp. Of the 19 causes of Itchy scalp that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 2 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 0 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 18 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Itchy scalp:

The following list of conditions have 'Itchy scalp' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Itchy scalp?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Itchy scalp, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

Classifications of Itchy scalp:

Medical Conditions associated with Itchy scalp:

Scalp symptoms (639 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes), Skin symptoms (5992 causes), Sensory symptoms (7134 causes), Nerve symptoms (9132 causes), Neurological symptoms (9575 causes), Pain (6458 causes), Sensations (6520 causes), Brain symptoms (2787 causes), Skin problems (3422 causes), Common symptoms (8589 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes)

Symptoms related to Itchy scalp:

Scalp rash, Scalp symptoms (639 causes), Hair symptoms (838 causes), Head lice, Permethrin, Nits, Headache (2433 causes), Dandruff (20 causes), Ketoconazole, Zinc pyrithine

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Itchy scalp

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