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FAQs On Scalp Eczema And Why You Should Take It Seriously

Updated on June 23, 2011

Scalp eczema isn’t something that you can slough off like dandruff. You can’t get rid of it all too easily since it is a chronic scalp condition. The only way you can prevent it is if you take it seriously – which is why you really should take it seriously.

Just how bad can scalp eczema be?

People of all ages regardless of race and gender are affected by scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis of scalp, and scalp eczema. Scalp eczema is one of the more “serious” kinds of scalp conditions that affect humans. That’s because scalp eczema is chronic and frequently recurs whenever triggered. Unlike dandruff which occurs in intervals of two days to a week, scalp eczema may plague your crowning glory every single day of your entire life as long as it’s triggered. That’s how bad scalp eczema can be if you fail to take it seriously.

Can scalp eczema get any worse than having it every day?

Yes. Scalp eczema is bad it’s on your scalp every single day of your life. But what’s worse is that scalp eczema actually progresses to look nastier, feel itchier, and even become painful in the long run. Your scalp can only take too much of the scalp eczema which is why it eventually turns from bad to worse.

What are the “bad” symptoms of scalp eczema?

Early on, scalp eczema looks exactly like dandruff – that’s why it’s easily mistaken for it. Harmless, white or yellow flakes will be spread throughout your scalp and your hair. Itching and slight redness of some areas of your scalp may also be present as a result of scalp irritation from the flaking.

How do I know if my scalp eczema has gotten worse?

When scalp eczema goes unnoticed and shrugged off to be just dandruff, symptoms progress from bad to worse. It’s easy to tell if your scalp eczema has gotten worse. Instead of seeing “free” scalp flakes throughout your scalp, you will spot scalp flakes huddled together in groups and held together by something greasy. This grease is the sebum oil secreted by your scalp’s sebaceous glands. These clusters of scalp flakes also tend to be attached to hair shafts rather and tougher to remove than the scalp flakes with mild eczema.

What’s the worst that could happen to me if I have scalp eczema?

If you have scalp eczema, the worst that could happen to you is that you may experience hair loss and get bald spots. Even though hair loss that results from scalp eczema is rare, it still is a possibility and something that you may not want to risk. Sometimes, hair loss is only temporary and your hair will eventually grow back. However, permanent hair loss may occur if severe scalp eczema outbreaks are left unmanaged because of the relevant damage that your hair follicles might suffer.

How can I treat or prevent scalp eczema?

Scalp eczema can’t be treated. It is a chronic symptom associated with seborrheic eczema, a chronic skin condition which affects skin areas that have sebaceous glands in them. Even so, scalp eczema can be prevented. All you have to do is prevent seborrheic eczema altogether.

What causes scalp eczema?

As a symptom of seborrheic eczema, scalp eczema is pretty much triggered by factors which trigger seborrheic eczema. In general, physical and psychological stress cause seborrheic eczema. In turn, these factors also cause scalp eczema to flare up. These two triggering factors may be broken down into the following specific causes:

  • Physical stress: Illness, weak immune system, malnutrition, inadequate rest and sleep, exposure of the skin or scalp to a yeast known as Malassezia, fatigue, environmental or seasonal changes, reduced overall health, allergies to hair products (shampoos, gels, oils, sprays), excessive alcohol intake, and dehydration.
  • Psychological stress: Anxiety, problems at work, depression, marital problems, etc.


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