Introduction to crusty scalp
The condition sometimes referred to as a crusty scalp is something that many people have different names for, but it is quite well-know what it entails.
When, a person has a crusty scalp, they have a scalp that itches a lot and when scratched, white flakes come from the scalp, which look like dandruff and in some cases are dandruff.
There are other causes of this condition that are not dandruff, some of them are seborrhea dermatitis and fungal infections of the scalp.
The most common reason that a person develops a crusty scalp is an imbalance that results from high pH levels and bacteria growing on the scalp.
There will be sores appearing on the scalp that look and feel like crusty, scabs or lumps that appear in patches on the scalp.
The actual cause of the condition is not really know, but many believe that it has a lot to do with bacterial and yeast infections on the scalp.
The condition can usually be treated with a specially prescribed medical shampoo that a doctor will recommend.
Usually it is best to stay away from over-the-counter shampoos that promise relief because they usually do not work and they contain chemicals that will make the condition even worse.
When a person has seborrheic dermatitis it will most commonly be treated with a medicated shampoo. The shampoo will usually contain ketoconazole, selenium sulphide and coal tar.
When the condition is very severe, then there are water-soluble ointments that can be used and they usually contain a good amount of vitamin B6 to enrich the scalp with nutrients.
It is important to remember that regular anti-dandruff shampoos will most likely not work in treating this condition, especially is the crusty scalp is the result of a fungal infection, then the dandruff shampoo will not help the condition at all.
There are good herbal remedies that can be used as well if a person does not want to use medicated shampoo.
Tea tree oil can be used as a natural remedy that will reduce the itching and burning sensations and get rid of the white flakes on the scalp.
Aloe Vera juice can also be used on the scalp, but it is important to wash it off after about 10 or 15 minutes with mild shampoo, preferably baby shampoo, which has no harmful chemicals in it.
A person can also put some lemon juice in warm coconut oil and then massage the scalp in a circular motion. Then they should let this mixture sit on the scalp for about two hours and rinse it off with mild shampoo again.
This is a great remedy for relieving the itch caused by a crusty scalp.