Dermatite Seborroica e prurito

Seborrheic dermatitis and itching

Seborrheic dermatitis can take your head. This disease certainly does not cause migraines or neuralgia, rather it is a source of itching, irritation and pain of the scalp. These manifestations are very common symptoms in men and women suffering from seborrheic dermatitis. In most cases, the irritation is due to excessive scratching, to the point of inflaming the skin and feeling pain when you simply pass your hand through your hair, a gesture that is not the most suitable for those with dermatitis. seborrheic because the sebum present on the palm of the hand is deposited on the scalp and hair. In addition to itching and other obvious manifestations affecting the skin and scalp such as flaking, redness and yellowish crusts, there is also the discomfort and fear of showing oneself in public.

Why does my scalp itch? The fault lies in the excessive production of sebum by the sebaceous glands, which not only tends to suffocate the root of the hair, but does not even allow the scalp to 'breathe' which, in response, becomes irritated and reacts by showing itching on the scalp. whose intensity varies from person to person. Itching, however, is not only a consequence of seborrheic dermatitis and can also occur following other pathologies or conditions that can affect the scalp such as dandruff, dry scalp, psoriasis, ringworm, atopic dermatitis, eczema, pediculosis or scabies. Determining the nature of the itching is crucial to defining the most appropriate practical or therapeutic approach based on the problem that generated it. In any case, itching is not a symptom that should be ignored, because excessive scratching could induce folliculitis, which is an infection of the hair follicles (the endings of the hair) caused in most cases by bacteria, in particular by Staphylococcus aureus, from viruses or fungi. The combination of folliculitis and seborrheic dermatitis could favor or accelerate premature hair loss. Therefore, at the first signs of itchy symptoms it is best to contact a specialist or your referring doctor.

The first approach to apply is a practical one, that is, it is necessary to adopt some correct behaviors in the daily care of the skin and hair, ranging from washing methods, to the type of detergents to use, up to changes in one's lifestyle.

1. Don't wash your hair too vigorously or frequently, as you would further stimulate the production of sebum by the sebaceous glands of the scalp.
2. After each wash, dry your hair very well without using a hairdryer that is too hot. If the scalp becomes too dry, a vicious circle is generated between flaking and annoying itching.
3. Avoid the use of irritating, aggressive detergents and prefer those that have a pH compatible with that of the skin, which is already irritated due to seborrheic dermatitis and which may have developed hypersensitivity to some chemical agents contained in these products.
4. Take care of hydration, drinking lots of water and using products with hydrating properties specific for the skin and scalp.
5. Avoid stress. It has been shown that the accumulation of nervous stress can be associated with increased itching and/or a possible risk of hair loss. Changing your lifestyle to a less frenetic pace can reduce discomfort and discomfort and, consequently, also some symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis such as itching.
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