What Are Scalp Scabs?

Scalp scabs are usually caused by severe dandruff, a form of psoriasis or dermatitis.  Recurring scabs can cause you to lose your hair if the scabs are large.  The hair loss may be temporary, but has been known to be permanent on occasion.  One of the challenges of treating scalp scabs is letting them heal.  They usually will itch quite fiercely and most people will scratch at them when they are not noticing what they are doing.  Combs and brushes also tend to catch on the scabs and pull them loose before they are fully healed.

The problem with scabs that appear on your scalp is that your scalp is an inherently oily and dirty area.  Not all scabs can be prevented by keeping your hair and scalp in good condition, but many can.  Even if you can’t prevent them all together, treating your scalp can reduce the severity and frequency of the scabs.

If you have dandruff, keep it under control with medicated shampoo to prevent irritation of the scalp that can lead to sores and scabs.  Eggs yolks are known for their ability to clean and nourish the scalp.  You can use egg yolks as a mask for your scalp.  Use only the egg yolks; whisk them until they are frothy.  Massage the egg yolks into your scalp, making sure to cover the entire scalp.  After the egg yolks have dried completely, shampoo your hair thoroughly.

Additionally, tea tree oil is a natural anti fungal oil that can be used on the scalp.  There are shampoos made with tea tree oil, but if you have a problem with recurring scalp scabs, it would be better to use actual tea tree oil.  You can find tea tree oil extract at most health food stores.  Tea tree oil can be harsh, so be sure to not use too much.  It’s also a good idea to use it in combination with jojoba oil, which will soothe and moisten the scalp.  This will help the scabs loosen, while the tea tree oil will act on any fungus that could be the root of the problem.

Another product that is highly recommended for scabs on the scalp is tar shampoo.  This is a shampoo that contains special tars that treat psoriasis and dermatitis.  If these are the cause of your scalp scabs this treatment will likely provide relief.  You need to use the shampoo daily until the scabs are gone.  Use enough to create a thick lather and leave it on your head for ten to fifteen minutes.  Then rinse with warm water.  You may be able to find tar shampoo in your local stores, but if you can’t find it locally, you can order it from stores that advertise on the internet.

There are times that home treatments will not work or are not appropriate for sores on your scalp.  If you have scalp sores that are oozing, the sore may be infected and antibiotics are most likely needed to prevent further infection and to treat the sore.  Ringworm can cause an infection of the scalp.  In this type of infection, you will notice circular swaths with raised edges that are raised.  The center remains clear while the rash spreads.  Another uncommon cause of scalp scabs and sores is called lichen planus.  It is a skin condition that is aggravated by fatigue, stress and exposure to certain irritating chemicals.

If you have scalp scabs and they seem unusual or you’ve tried several home remedies, it may be wise to see your doctor.  A doctor can evaluate the sores and scabs more thoroughly and suggest the appropriate treatment depending on the underlying cause of the scabs.


 

 


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