Cure Hair Loss Due to an Inflamed Scalp

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The good news is that hair loss due to scalp inflammation is usually temporary, especially if you can find the source of the irritant to your hair follicles and eliminate it from your regimen. The biggest culprit is an allergy to the chemicals in the hair products you are using, a fungal inflection or psoriasis. The quicker you discover the cause, the better chance you have of re-growing your lost hair. The bad news is your skin forms scars over the hair follicles, making re-growth impossible.

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Permanent hair loss can occur as the result of scarring due to scalp inflammation.


Symptoms of Hair Loss Due to An Inflamed Scalp

Symptoms of an inflamed scalp, also sometimes called dermatitis of the scalp, include:

  • Angry, red looking bumps or pimples.
  • Redness.
  • Tight feeling of the scalp.
  • A burning or painful scalp.
  • Scabs forming on the scalp.
  • A bleeding scalp.
  • Thickening scaly patches.

Severe scalp inflammation can occur from a fungal infection like ringworm.

Steps To Curing Hair Loss Due to An Inflamed Scalp

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    Do not scratch your scalp.
    This can be very challenging as the desire to scratch that itch is overwhelming. Wear a cap if you must to prevent yourself from infecting any inflamed hair follicles or scabs on your head.
    Scratching your head can aggravate scalp inflammation.
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    Read the ingredients on your shampoo label.
    Does the product contain sulfates? These are drying agents that can cause the scalp to dry up over time. It can also cause dandruff. Choose an anti-dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders or Nizoral, which can help clear up dandruff. They also discourage fungal growths on the scalp. These shampoos contain selenium, which is very healthy for hair follicles and hair.
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    Do not use a shampoo containing sodium lauryl sulfate.
    Although this ingredient is good for creating lather in the product and making the hair feel very clean, however it's also very drying to the scalp and many individuals have a strong inflammatory response to it.
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    Wash your hair less frequently.
    The itching of this condition can tempt you to wash your hair frequently in an attempt to make it go away. However, this is exactly the wrong thing to do. If your scalp is particularly itchy, forget about washing it every day. Instead wash it every three days. This allows your scalp to secrete it's own natural oils to help heal itself.
    It is better to go with greasy hair for a few days if you have scalp inflammation.
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    Treat your scalp with an apple cider vinegar rinse.
    Mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on your scalp. Wet your hair and then spray the mixture on your scalp. Let the solution sit on your head for five minutes and then rinse your hair in very cold water. This can lessen inflammation, and the scabs may loosen, and rinse off the scalp. This is important because this gives your scalp less of a chance of scarring. In areas where your scalp is scarred, there is the possibility the hair will not grow back.
    Treat yourself to an apple cider vinegar rinse.
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    To get rid of the heavy dandruff that often accompanies scalp inflammation, try cleaning your scalp with an aspirin solution.
    Crush six aspirin tablets in a bowl with the back of a spoon. Add the powdered aspirin to a cup of very warm water. After you wash your hair as usual, rinse the shampoo and massage the aspirin water solution into your scalp. This helps dissolve any dandruff and also relieves the pain of sore, inflamed hair follicles.
    Dissolve two aspirin in a glass of hot water and then use the resulting solution as a scalp clarifying treatment.
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    Consider treating your condition with Aloe Vera.
    Aloe Vera has moisturizing and antifungal properties, and is an effective remedy for a dry scalp. If you have scabs due to the inflammation, apply the gel obtained from a fresh broken leaf from the Aloe Vera plant to the affected areas.
    Aloe Vera can help heal scalp inflammation.
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    Give your scalp a massage with warm olive oil or warmed mineral oil.
    Warm extra virgin olive oil on the stove and then massage it into your scalp gently. Cover your scalp with a shower cap and then wrap your head in a scarf or towel. The next morning rinse your hair with very cold water, being sure to loosen any scabs from scalp. You can then wash the oil out with a gentle organic shampoo that does not contain sulfites, parabens or other allergens. If you hair still needs it, you can follow-up with the application of a gentle conditioner.
    A hot oil treatment can help loosen any scabs from an inflamed scalp.
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    Consider conditioning your hair with a hot coconut oil hair mask.
    Coconut oil can help get rid of scabs and flakes and it does not contain any chemicals or allergens that can irritate your hair or scalp. Aside from soothing the itch of a dry scalp, it can also keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. Simply massage small dollop of the oil into your hair and scalp - out to the tips of your hair strands. Run a comb gently through your damp hair to distribute the oil and then leave it on for at least thirty minutes. When done you can shampoo any excess oil out of your hair.
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    Sit in the sun or under a UV light for fifteen minutes every day.
    Exposing the scalp to natural sunlight is a great idea as it helps your skin produce Vitamin A and heals scabs. Alternatively you can sit under a UV light as well. Remember to limit your time in the ultraviolet rays, as too much sun or UV light exposure can result in additional inflammation. If it's winter or if you live in a cloudy place you can find UV light treatments available at most spas and even at some gyms. Sitting in an infrared sauna can also help heal the scalp.
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    Avoid all hair styling products including hair spray, gel, hair foams and mousse.
    These products contain irritants that can clog hair follicles and inflame the scalp. Style your hair naturally for now, an do not aggravate the situation with products that stiffen, curl or mold the hair.
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    Do not dye or process your hair with an already inflamed scalp.
    It is very important you stay away from any chemical process as it can enhance the burning, itching feeling on your scalp. This includes coloring, straightening, perming and highlights. The application of any allergens to the scalp could result in bleeding, scarring and even permanent loss of your hair.
    Let your roots show as dying your hair when your scalp is inflamed can lead to a serious infection.
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Curing Inflamed Scalp Hair Loss With Diet

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    Drinking two large cups of green tea a day can help reduce scalp inflammation.
    Green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory agents that help shrink inflammation all over the body, which in turn helps shrink the inflammation of scalp follicles. Green tea also balance the hormones because it contains TFN-a, an oxidant helps bring blood to the scalp to nourish it.
    Green teas helps nourish the scalp and heal it.
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    Consume plenty of natural, organic citrus in the form of fruits or fruit juice.
    Citrus fruits contain a generous amount of Vitamin A and C, both good for healing your scalp.
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    Eat canned wild salmon.
    Canned wild salmon is one of the most nutritious sources of omega-3 acids that will help heal your scalp and grow back hair. Sardines, mackerel and tuna are also rich sources. However, be sure that the tuna is farmed and not wild as many breeds are now tainted with mercury.
    Canned salmon is one of the healthiest and cheapest foods you can eat to heal scalp inflammation.
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    Treat yourself to raw shellfish.
    Raw shellfish is a good source of protein. It also contains sulfur, calcium and zinc, which strengthen existing hair strands and nourish hair follicles.
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    Eat eggs at least three times a week.
    The egg whites are a valuable source of protein that help grow hair, while egg yolks contains biotin and sulfur, both of which create tensile strength in existing hair and also help nourish the scalp.
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    Get a dose of turmeric every day.
    Turmeric, distinguished by it's bright yellow color, is an effective anti-inflammatory. Try making the Traditional Golden Milk at night by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric with six ounces of hot milk and a bit of honey or your preferred sweetener. This nourishing potion helps heal your scalp and relaxes you if you are experiencing stress from this ailment.
    Golden Milk is a high protein drink with turmeric that reduces inflammation and helps grow new hair.
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    Eat a steak three times a week.
    An organic grass-fed steak has all of the protein and B-vitamins that your body needs to grow new hair to replace the hair that you may have lost due to dryness and scarring.
    Steak contains iron, protein and all of the vitamins you need to heal an inflamed scalp and trigger new hair growth.
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Tips And Tricks

  • Avoid sitting in a steam room until your scalp problem has cleared up. Warm humid environments can aggravate skin problems on the scalp.
  • If you wear a latex bathing cap, you could be creating heat and friction on your scalp that causes folliculitis.
    Avoid wearing latex bathing caps while you are experiencing scalp inflammation.
  • If the itching is unbearable, visit your doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics or an anti-fungal medication, especially if the scabs are very thick and bleeding. Anti-inflammatory drugs that you might be prescribed include cyclosporine or methotrexate.
  • Scabs on the scalp that seem to heal, bleed and then create another scab might be cancer.
  • If your scalp inflammation problems do not resolve themselves in two months then you should make an appointment with your doctor who will then likely refer you to a dermatologist.
  • If you are experiencing massive hair loss as a result of this scalp inflammation then you need to see a doctor immediately. Your condition could be due to an underlying disease or infection.
  • Never self-diagnose. Go to a doctor to get a diagnosis, even if you decide to try alternative and/or natural healing methods.

Questions and Answers

My hair will not grow back in the center of my head.

Inflammation of the scalp due to chemical burn 8 years ago. I've recently had a biopsy. I have tried: Vitamins. I think it was caused by: Chemical burn/ hair relaxer

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I have inflamed scalp and it sore all the time everyday I get sores in mostly the top of my scalp and my hair has come out. This has been going on for years but getting worse?

I have inflamed scalp. I've had a biopsy. I get bumps in my scalp everyday and they hurt. My hair is coming out. Won't grow. My scalp is red. itch all the time or maybe nerves. But it drives me crazy if I don't scratch.

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Does the oil on scalp ever return? So dry, no oil?

Very dry red scalp, have lost lots of hair. Painful, very dry, no oil on scalp for one year. I have tried: Steroid injections made it worse I think. Steroid creams elidile coconut oil. I think it was caused by: Stress drugs LOTS OF ANTIBIOTICS

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