picture of an inflamed scalp

Properly caring for an inflamed scalp

Have you ever had an inflamed and itchy scalp that feels uncomfortable and different to usual? Often confused with hair growth, itchiness caused by a dry scalp is a sign that your hair needs some additional health care.

Whether your scalp requires medical treatment or a change of product, here we’ll explore the causes and solutions for an inflamed scalp. For your day-to-day routine and more specific health issues.


  1. What are the causes of an inflamed scalp?
  2. Scalp inflammation or head lice?
  3. Why do the roots of my hair hurt after wearing a ponytail?
  4. Can scalp inflammation be cured?
  5. How do you get rid of scalp folliculitis fast?
  6. Conclusion

What are the causes of an inflamed scalp?

A close up photo showing dermatitis and eczema on a man’s scalpAn inflamed scalp can be caused by a range of stresses. Both internal and external pressures to the body. Headaches, skin disorders like psoriasis, sunburn and seasonal insect bites can all contribute to inflammation.

These may cause your scalp to feel itchy, tingly and provide a burning like sensation. In the case of autoimmune disorders such as alopecia, your immune system targets parts of the body attacking your hair follicles.

There is a range of skin conditions such as scalp folliculitis. The hair follicles become irritated and can cause issues relating to yeast, bacteria, skin cell overgrowth and ingrown hairs. Causing discomfort and knocking your confidence. Overall contributing to an inflamed scalp.

Scalp inflammation or head lice?

An itchy scalp can cause people to panic and think they have headlice. Don’t worry. Whilst head lice and scalp inflammation share a discomfort commonality; they are different. They, therefore, require different approaches and products for effective treatment.

An itchy scalp is commonly a result of dandruff. Although you can’t catch dandruff, it’s frequently seen in both men and women. It shows up as white flakes on your scalp or onto your shoulders as it falls out of your hair.

It’s not a severe medical condition or a fungus and can be resolved using special medicated shampoos and hair care. Therefore reducing an inflamed scalp and itchiness.

On the other hand, head lice can create irritating itchiness over your head and down to your neck. They feed off the blood on the scalp, causing pain and irritation to your skin.

Head lice and dandruff differ. Lice travel across your scalp and can be seen moving. They also place their eggs close to the hair shaft. They can be killed with head lice medicated treatment and removed from the hair using a specialist comb.

Why do the roots of my hair hurt after wearing a ponytail?

The uncomfortable sensations that come with any sort of scalp issue are heightened by hair pulling or any excess hair stress such as hair braiding and dyeing.

This contributes to your sore scalp when you move your hair. The roots of your hair will hurt after wearing a ponytail due to the force that’s created when tying your hair up.

Wearing your hair up continuously has been known to cause an inflamed scalp and hair loss. So, if you wear your hair in a band or tie regularly, try letting your hair down!

Use soothing hair products in order to soothe your scalp and reduce the chances of developing skin conditions and excessive hair loss.

Can scalp inflammation be cured?

Washing your hair with a medicated shampoo can help treat your scalp. They are designed to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Some people find that their inflamed scalp is reduced when using a nourishing shampoo. Other people discover that specific products cause scalp inflammation, especially when experiencing scalp dryness.

How to get rid of an inflamed scalp

Aloe vera gel is effective at soothing an inflamed scalpAn inflamed scalp (scalp pruritus) can be shown through signs such as a flaking or itchy scalp. Whilst scalp inflammation, in most cases, can be treated it can be frustrating trying to find the most effective product.

We recommend trying Dr Balwi’s Aloe Vera Gel a multi-purpose 98% aloe vera that can be used not only on hair but on the face and skin too.

It includes:

  • Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice (anti-inflammatory)
  • Glycerin (moisturising qualities)
  • Phenoxyethanol (treatment of scalp)
  • Carbomer
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Triethanolamine

It is nourishing to the hair roots and relieves itching on the scalp thus aiming to counteract inflammation and cool your skin. Aloe is a key product for soothing skin inflammation and irritation.

The gel has been used for centuries as a soother for sunburn – it’s also known to alleviate dandruff. This is due to aloe vera’s fatty acid, and anti-inflammatory properties.

How do you get rid of scalp folliculitis fast?

If you are still experiencing discomfort, you may need treatment for folliculitis, furunculosis or carbunculosis. These are hair follicle infections that cause prolonged scalp pain.

Seek a board-certified dermatologist for further medical advice. Especially surrounding atopic dermatitis (eczema,) seborrheic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, which may require long-term care and attention as fungal infections.

Is folliculitis bacterial or fungal?

Folliculitis develops as white bumps on the skin where skin follicles become inflamed due to bacterial or fungal infections. They look like small spots and can appear in a range of areas. Often starting as a bumpy rash, you can use warm compressing and topical washes on the area or whole body.

At-home treatment includes bathing in topical wash water, which will help relieve the itchy skin. However, continuous issues should be brought to your doctor’s attention for further treatment.


If you require a medical opinion and investigation into your inflamed scalp due and excessive itchiness or hair loss, Elithair’s Dr Balwi is an industry specialist who speaks at international conferences about hair loss and hair transplants.

Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries.

Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithair’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !

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