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Why Is My Scalp Itchy & Scabby?

Updated March 23, 2017

An itchy and scabby scalp can be bothersome and embarrassing. To determine the cause of the itching and scabs, consult a physician. If your family doctor is unable to treat the condition effectively, consult a dermatologist.

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Skin Disorders

Skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, seborrheic dermatitis and neurodermatitis may cause scalp itching and eventual scabbing.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections such as tinea (ringworm) may cause the scalp to itch and scab over.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions to shampoos, hair dyes and permanent hair chemicals may cause the scalp to itch. Scratching the scalp may cause scabs to form.


Dandruff is a condition that is characterised by an overgrowth of skin cells on the scalp. The condition may cause itching. Dry or oily skin can cause dandruff.


Treatments for an itchy and scabby scalp depends upon the cause. They could include over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, prescription shampoos, anti-fungal creams and cortisone creams.

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About the Author

Based in Laurel, Miss., Melody Morgan Hughes covers topics related to education, money and health. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English education from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Education from William Carey University and a Master of Education from Nova Southeastern University.

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