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Can range from mild dandruff to a more inflammatory condition like seborrhoeic eczema or psoriasis. Hereditary factors, stress, poor diet, and even allergies to certain foods can be responsible for the build up and shedding of dead skin cells. In-clinic treatment regimes are provided which, if followed regularly can facilitate a relatively rapid recovery or manageable level once the problem is addressed.
Here is a very brief account of some of the most common itchy flaky scalp conditions below.
Atopic Eczema / Dermatitis
An allergic type skin and scalp condition, very similar to Seborrhoeic Dermatitis but drier and tends to weep readily. Eczema sufferers are often affected in other regions of the body, particularly flexure areas such as the backs of knees and inner elbows.
There are many types of psoriasis but plaque psoriasis most commonly affects the scalp. Characterised by circumscribed patches of inflammation - deep redness, covered in loose silvery white scales. Scalp psoriasis plaques can become very thick if allowed to build and cause the hair to adhere the hair to the scalp in clumps.
Dandruff - Pityriasis Simplex Capitis
A common and irritating condition which presents as increased exfoliation of the most external layer of scalp (stratum corneum). The scalp is covered with loose white or yellow flakes and may or may not itch. True dandruff is technically caused by an overgrowth of the yeast Pityrosporon Ovale. Dandruff is controllable by regular (daily) use of the correct shampoo but can benefit from professional scalp treatments initially to gain control quickly.
Seborrhoeic Dermatitis / Eczema
which is an inflammation of the skin and is quite itchy is also one of the many infections that can appear on the scalp. The most common problem that affects the scalp is dandruff.
This condition can occur alone or as a complication of another scalp condition. Pityriasis amiantacea is characterised by thick white/silvery crusting which adheres clumps of hair to the scalp. In many cases, scale will seem to grow along hairshafts away from the scalp, overlapping like tiles on a roof. It may seem almost impossible to break down.
Treatment of Scalp Conditions
We have vast experience in the treatment of all manner of scalp conditions and can advise on the best form of scalp treatment or management for your scalp problem. You can find further information on our scalp treatment methods and what to expect on our scalp treatment page. If you would like more information, contact us directly.