How to Treat Scalp Conditions
There are many different scalp conditions - including various forms of scalp psoriasis, dandruff and infections. However, help is on the horizon. Indeed, the solution is often as simple as changing your shampoo.
The causes of the white flakes of dead skin on the scalp are not precisely known. However many experts agree that dandruff is not caused by poor hygiene or insufficient shampoo. It can in fact easily be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo. Whilst Dandruff can be a result of dry skin or cold weather, it can also be the result of an underlying skin condition, such as scalp psoriasis.
Scalp psoriasis may not be contagious, but it is an itchy and uncomfortable scalp condition. Scalp psoriasis is caused by a deficiency in the immune system. The immune system starts to attacks healthy cells, causing the scalp to turn red with raised lesions and scales. Using a medical or dry-scalp shampoo, like E45’s Dry Scalp Shampoo, will help treat the condition.
Folliculitis is a skin rash that occurs when a damaged hair follicle becomes infected. It is a difficult condition to prevent, as follicles can become damaged from every day activities - from shaving to wearing tight clothing. However, it can likewise be treated using medicated shampoos.
Impetigo is an infection of the outer layer of skin from the bacteria Streptococcus. The infection normally occurs as a result of a break in the skin, such as a cut or bite, which can then be penetrated by bacteria. Whilst highly contagious, Impetigo is rarely severe. However if it spreads to other areas, more serious conditions can emerge, such as Cellulitis and Scarlet Fever. The simple solution is to apply antibacterial soap or cream to the affected area. This will normally treats the infection within a week.
Scalp Fungus, or ‘ringworm’, is a nasty fungal infection that can pass between adults, children and animals. It can be spread easily, simply by sharing scarves, hats, combs and hair accessories. It is notoriously difficult to treat, and often requires prescription medication.
If you suspect you have been affected by any of the above, speak to your GP who can recommend the best course of action, as well as a proper shampoo.