Health Tip of the Week: Many causes of itchy scalps

A nit, female and male lice

An itchy scalp can be a sign of many things besides head lice, such as:

• Dandruff

• Eczema

• Tinea capitis (a fungal infection of the scalp)

• Reactions to chemicals found in shampoo, hair dye, permanent wave or other hair care products.

• Psychogenic itching (you think your head itches, so your head itches, then you scratch, which makes your head itch even more, and the vicious cycle begins)

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