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Itchy scalp

Also known as Pruritus Of Scalp and Scalp Itching

Scalp pruritus is an itchiness of the scalp, particularly common in elderly persons.:56-57

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

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.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

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 .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with itchy scalp include ketoconazole, clobetasol topical, hydrocortisone topical, selenium sulfide topical, griseofulvin, fluocinonide topical, permethrin topical, pyrithione zinc topical, fluocinolone topical, ciclopirox topical, salicylic acid topical, desonide topical and betamethasone topical product .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for itchy scalp include age 5-14 years race/ethnicity = black.

Age

< 1 years
0.7x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
1.8x
15-29 years
0.7x
30-44 years
1.1x
45-59 years
0.9x
60-74 years
1.1x
75+ years
1.1x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
2.1x
Hispanic
0.5x
White
0.7x
Other
1.4x
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