How do I treat burning & itchy scalp?

Updated April 17, 2017

Inflammatory skin conditions will cause your scalp to burn and itch. While some conditions require medical treatment, you can treat others at home using over-the-counter remedies. Eliminating the irritation is one way to deal with itchy, burning scalp.However, it is more important to eliminate the cause. Pinpointing the source of your discomfort before attempting to treat it will increase your chances of eliminating your scalp problems permanently.

Contact your doctor. Medical conditions such as psoriasis, lice and fungus infections will cause your scalp to itch and burn. If you receive a positive diagnosis, have your doctor prescribe medication that will eliminate the problem for good.

Wash your hair more frequently. Dirty hair will cause your scalp to become dry and itchy. After washing your hair, use a natural moisturiser such as tea tree oil or coconut oil to sooth your scalp.

Use dandruff shampoo. Dandruff is a condition that affects individuals with dry scalp, irritated hair follicles and poor eating habits. Dandruff is also prevalent in individuals who overuse alcohol-based hair products. Dandruff shampoo clears the scalp of toxins, breaks up dandruff flakes and moisturises the scalp. If you have dandruff, keep using this type of shampoo until your dandruff clears up completely.


Consult your medical practitioner or a dermatologist right away if you have open sores or wounds on your scalp.

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Before starting her writing career, Tanya Brown worked as an eighth-grade language arts teacher. She also has a background in nursing, with extensive experience in urology, neurology and neurosurgery clinics. Brown holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational psychology.