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Itchy Scalp, No Lice, Not Dandruff...?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 27, 2008
  • 01:33 AM

For the past week or two, I have experienced itchiness on my entire scalp. I'm 15, so I still have all my hair. I have been checked multiple times for lice, and I know it's not dandruff because I have been using dandruff shampoo that has helped in the past with no result this time. My parents say that my scalp is pink, but notice no bumps or blisters. After itching, it sort of hurts and sometimes I feel very small bumps around my hairline on my forehead, but don't notice them very much on the rest of my scalp, probably because my hair it too thick. Any suggestions are welcome, thanks!

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  • You should see your doctor and get a referral to a dermatologist if they can not diagnose it themselves although it sounds like psoriasis or dermatitis of the scalp - Seborrheic dermatitis http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/scalp-psoriasis/AN01177 In saying this no one can better diagnose an issue than a health proffesional - for skin disorders a dermatologist is best but GPs would be fairly good at these type of disorders.
    randomboy123 6 Replies Flag this Response
  • Has anyone checked to see if it is dermatitis or folliculitis?
    GD2005 61 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sometimes dandruff shampoo totally dries out the scalp and causes more itching. Try a shampoo that is FOR dry hair to give you some moisture back in your scalp.
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  • OMG I have the same thing you do, no lice or dandruff! cept im 14. My doctor said to try selsom blu or head and shoulders, but they dont work very much. I wash my hair every night so I'm guessing its just the dryness. I know it itches like crazy, and at first I thought it was lice but I was check so many times, and there wasnt any.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 27, 2009
    • 00:50 AM
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  • OMG I have the same thing you do, no lice or dandruff! cept im 14. My doctor said to try selsom blu or head and shoulders, but they dont work very much. I wash my hair every night so I'm guessing its just the dryness. I know it itches like crazy, and at first I thought it was lice but I was check so many times, and there wasnt any.Same here I tried head and shoulders but it doesn't work My docter said it was probely cause I had a reaction to my shampoo that I had used before. But if it isn't that go to pharmacy and ask for essential hair oil, I tried some 1hour ago and it really relieves the itcheness.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 3, 2010
    • 03:28 PM
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  • I'm 40 and I have this itchiness too. No lice, no dandruff as well. I went to my doctor last month and he checked me out and found nothing as well. He did say my blood pressure was up and I am a little stressed out, both could cause some itchiness. I have a dermatologist appointment for May - as soon as I could get in to see her - if it doesn't stop before then I think I may go crazy itching! Dandruff shampoo DOES NOT work and either does selsum blue, that stuff is just nasty. I have eczema on my hands and I even took my cream for that and rubbed it on my scalp but got no relief. It wakes me up at night and if I sit in a chair with a high back I get itchy where my head has touched the chair. I'm going nuts with the itchy, so I feel your pain! A friend says to try cold tea as a rinse after washing your hair and I am so desperate I will try anything!
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  • Oh man am I ever happy to see this thread. My head started itching last weekend. Kinda like pins and needles or prickly crawling. I thought "Oh god no not lice!!" I have checked my head several times and I see nothing...at all! Aside from the normal few and far between white flakes that I can blow away, even my scalp looks normal. Now the back of my neck and ears itch and my chest and upper arms arms starting to itch too, though not nearly as much as my head. I bought head and shoulders which seemed to help the first shampoo, but now its back with a vengance. I still keep checking my head, terrified its lice, but I still see nothing and it's driving me nuts. I haven't changed anything at all...diet, any kinds of soaps, medication (I dont take any) or anything. If it doesn't subside I will be calling my Dr, but in the mean time keep me posted! I haven't found anything helpful for it yet!
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  • Skin Mites can not be seen. If your scalp is not dried out at all I would suggest adding teatree oil to your shampoo. If this works you might want to treat as if you do have lice even if you don't. Mites love the scalp and are too small to see. A Doctor could tell you with a scrape. If your into natural remedies I would suggest the teatree method for sure. I have had mites before and this is how I treated them. Other signs of mites are teeny tiny little pop-able blisters around your nipples, inner arms or wrists (I know it sounds crazy). IF not I still would not rule out Mits AKA scabies.
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  • I have the same problem as everyone else and I notice that we all used Head and Shoulders at some point. I blame that right when I started using it my head started itching reallly bad! and its slowly working its way down. ehhh. it drives me crazy!!
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  • thats true......even i have the same problem since 2 weeks...it really hurts.....even i had used head and shoulders.....i think the problem is of the shampoo itself.....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 25, 2010
    • 07:18 AM
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  • It sounds like a reaction to the shampoo you are using, the itching is most definitely a contact dermatitis. Try using SLS free shampoo and shower gel. I had the same problem as you lot and this was the only thing that helped. Now my head doesn't itch at all but SLS free shampoos tend to be quite expensive and as they don't contain zinc so if you have dandruff it wont get rid.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2010
    • 00:37 PM
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  • i have the same thing too im 11 and it bad it wont go away i think its is lice or dandruff but mum looks and nothings there my scalp is normal and mum looks everywhere for lice but nothing what do i do and fast please help me tell me what i should do
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 20, 2010
    • 09:09 AM
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  • OMG same here and im 11! it itches like crasy i have small bumbs on my head and starts to sting a bit after i scrach them! but stops for 20min after i wash it then starts agian i have had mine for 2 weeks now but my mom thinks its heat rash and its not headlice or dandruff
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 26, 2010
    • 11:22 AM
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  • OMG I have the same thing you do, no lice or dandruff! cept im 14. My doctor said to try selsom blu or head and shoulders, but they dont work very much. I wash my hair every night so I'm guessing its just the dryness. I know it itches like crazy, and at first I thought it was lice but I was check so many times, and there wasnt any. i think you should not worry about it, im 13 and I have an itchy head with no dandruff or lice and i will just force myself to stop itching my head for while (its very difficult) but it will eventually go away.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 31, 2010
    • 10:05 PM
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  • im 23 and i too have the itching scalp, no dandruff, i doubt i have lice, im African American so i've been told that your not supposed to wash ur hair everyday but in this case, I've been washing everrrryyy daaaay, im going crazy ready to cut my hair completely off, its itching so bad and as i type im scratching >:( im going to try and make an appointment with a dermatologist. i'll re post to this if the specialist has any suggestions.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 30, 2010
    • 11:33 PM
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  • I have hAd this for the past few years. It is incredibly annoying. Any time I lay my head on a pillow or it hits a chair or anything I go nuts. Feels like needles and pins. Itches like crazy. I don't have psoriasis or eczema, it's not dandruff -but what is it and how do I make it go away????
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  • First change your shampoo. Nothing will work to stop the itch if its coming from your shampoo. Try using something mild like baby shampoo after trying some of these tips, You could also buy a bar of Kiss My Face olive oil soap and wash your hair with that. But give each of these things a day or two to see if they are working. Try soaking your scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably unfiltered like Trader Joe's or Braggs ) but store bought will do. Soak your scalp well, wrap in towel and let sit for awhile and then rinse out.You can also try rinsing your head after shampooing with Borax. Its a laundry additive but its all natural and will leave your head feeling clean and your hair soft. It also won't smell like the other suggestions will.If neither of those work try rinsing your hair with lemon juice, making sure you've saturated the scalp. It will darken your natural hair color a bit.Still itching ? Coat your entire scalp with mayonnaise and leave on over night. It will be hard to wash out so do it when you have nowhere special to be the next day. But it will leave your hair in really nice shape.I hope something works for you
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  • Could be sensitive to ingredient in shampoo/conditioner/hair product. And secondly, it could be fungal, like yeast. Try using a "natural" sulfate free shampoo/conditioner, if that doesn't work, treat the fungus, naturally. Oh man am I ever happy to see this thread. My head started itching last weekend. Kinda like pins and needles or prickly crawling. I thought "Oh god no not lice!!" I have checked my head several times and I see nothing...at all! Aside from the normal few and far between white flakes that I can blow away, even my scalp looks normal. Now the back of my neck and ears itch and my chest and upper arms arms starting to itch too, though not nearly as much as my head. I bought head and shoulders which seemed to help the first shampoo, but now its back with a vengance. I still keep checking my head, terrified its lice, but I still see nothing and it's driving me nuts. I haven't changed anything at all...diet, any kinds of soaps, medication (I dont take any) or anything. If it doesn't subside I will be calling my Dr, but in the mean time keep me posted! I haven't found anything helpful for it yet!
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  • Sounds like me, exactly. A few things I notice that make it worse are when I put on a leave-in conditioner for styling my curly hair. My head itches when it touches my pillow (which is clean, as am I) I am 44 and I've noticed the itch began a couple years ago. Maybe it has something to do with hormonal changes, as well?? I'm going to try using Tea Tree oil rinses, massaged into my scalp, as that's supposed to cover the bases for dry skin, bacteria or fungus. Also, I'm going to try to go as natural as possible with my shampoos and hair styling aids. I heard sulfates are bad as is paraben, both common scalp irritants.I'm 40 and I have this itchiness too. No lice, no dandruff as well. I went to my doctor last month and he checked me out and found nothing as well. He did say my blood pressure was up and I am a little stressed out, both could cause some itchiness. I have a dermatologist appointment for May - as soon as I could get in to see her - if it doesn't stop before then I think I may go crazy itching! Dandruff shampoo DOES NOT work and either does selsum blue, that stuff is just nasty. I have eczema on my hands and I even took my cream for that and rubbed it on my scalp but got no relief. It wakes me up at night and if I sit in a chair with a high back I get itchy where my head has touched the chair. I'm going nuts with the itchy, so I feel your pain! A friend says to try cold tea as a rinse after washing your hair and I am so desperate I will try anything!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Try using a shampoo containing ketoconzole. It is called Nizoral or you can get it from boots chemist . It really does work
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