Also known as Pruritus Of Scalp and Scalp Itching
Scalp pruritus is an itchiness of the scalp, particularly common in elderly persons.:56-57Source: Wikipedia
The most common causes of itchy scalp are seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, and fungal infection of the skin. Other possible causes, such as skin polyp, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with itchy scalp, 52% report having too little hair, 49% report having dry or flaky scalp, and 49% report having irregular appearing scalp.
Patients with itchy scalp often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), referral to home health care service, cancer chemotherapy, cardiac stress tests, prophylactic vaccinations and inoculations, culture wound and other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with itchy scalp include ketoconazole, clobetasol topical, hydrocortisone topical, selenium sulfide topical, fluocinonide topical, griseofulvin, permethrin topical, clotrimazole topical, salicylic acid topical, fluocinolone topical, pyrithione zinc topical, desonide topical and ciclopirox topical .
Groups of people at highest risk for itchy scalp include age 5-14 years race/ethnicity = black.