Hair loss is common and often a great source of anxiety that affects thousands of men and women in Australia. Almost 30% of men are going bald by the time they hit 30 and nearly half of all men are bald by 50.
There are various causes of hair loss such as genetics, inadequate nutrition or stress. The state of your scalp may also make a difference to the health of your hair. An itchy scalp and dandruff in and of themselves do not cause hair loss, however, they may be associated with other conditions such as psoriasis that can cause patchy hair or intense scratching that can lead to hair loss. If you are suffering from hair loss, complete our online medical questionnaire and we can help you find a suitable treatment.
Dandruff can be caused by dry skin, not washing your hair often enough, allergy to certain hair products/contact dermatitis and even psoriasis. Mild dandruff can usually be controlled with daily hair washing. For severe dandruff, there are a variety of anti dandruff shampoos available with differing degrees of efficacy.
Severe scalp itching can lead to such intense scratching that hair is forcibly removed. The pathological process responsible for the itching is unlikely to result in hair loss though. Itchy scalp is usually due to dermatitis, psoriasis or other dermatological conditions and specialist help should be sought.
In summary, dandruff and an itchy scalp are unlikely to have anything to do with hair loss and are usually easily controlled with regular hair washing with the right products. However, if your dandruff is severe or you think it is associated with a condition like dermatitis or psoriasis you should seek help from a specialist dermatologist.
The Mosh Team