Why Does My Scalp Itch?

By Megan Shannon

An itchy scalp is a problem many people experience. You can find a wide variety of products and treatments to try, but it is more beneficial to first try to determine the cause of the itching. You might also find a faster solution this way rather than a trial-and-error attempt.


Lice is a cause of severe itchy scalp; more so at the neck's base and behind the ears. Lice are also contagious, so it's crucial to diagnose this condition as soon as possible and rule it out. Simply check the hair closely, and if lice are present, they will be seen.


Folliculitis is caused by the inflammation of a hair follicle or multiple follicles. The inflammation can occur where irritation might occur, like from shaving or where the area is rubbed against something on a rather frequent basis.

Excessively, Dry Scalp

When the scalp becomes dry enough to actually be considered excessive, the chances increase for it to become an itchy condition. The scalp is being hindered from receiving the hair's natural oil. Discontinue using anything that might be stripping your hair of its natural oils such as certain shampoos.


Ringworm is a cause for itchy scalp and is a relatively common fungal infection. However, contrary to the name, there is not a worm involved with this condition. Ringworm typically occurs more in children and comes from those who are infected, certain things like infected towels and even infected animals.


Dandruff is another relatively common cause of an itchy scalp; however, it is not contagious. Dandruff causes flaking and sometimes red, scaly patches of skin. Dandruff is caused by a variety of factors including; stress, shampoo and even cold seasons or temperatures.