What is the relation between inflammation and hair loss?

What is the relation between inflammation and hair loss?

Scalp pruritus or itchy scalp and inflammation are common problems. We have seen that many people in Pune suffer from the complication of scalp itchiness. It can become so severe that you may start losing your scalp hair due to it.

Various things can cause it, and it can also be a symptom of medical complications.

Itching may occur due to flakiness, scaly spots, bumps, and hair loss in some situations. You can expect hair regrowth typically after having proper treatment for your scalp itchiness.

A variety of factors can cause an itchy scalp and related hair loss.

It is natural to lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. However, chronic itchiness on the scalp may lead you to more-than-normal hair loss. If you are experiencing the same, you should visit a dermatologist or our hair transplant surgeon in Pune.

Now let us see some of the most common causes of itchiness and hair loss on the scalp.


If you have overactive oil glands on your scalp, it can lead to dandruff formation. This is why dandruff usually does not appear until the adolescent years, when hormones increase the skin’s oil content.

According to some experts, dandruff develops due to a yeast infection in the scalp and hair follicles. Eventually, the yeast weakens your hair root, contributes to hair loss and inflammation of the scalp with continuous itching.

However, dandruff causes hair loss in a small percentage of people. It just happens if the dandruff is severe and has been left untreated for a long time.

Scalp psoriasis:

If you have scalp psoriasis, you may experience the following conditions:

  • Inflammation on scalp
  • Extremely dry scalp with silvery flakes
  • Extreme hair loss as a result of scratching.


Alopecia can trigger follicles of hair to fall out in addition to itching on your scalp. You may experience inflammation on your scalp due to this. Circular patches of baldness can develop as a result of this. It happens when the immune system destroys your healthy hair follicles. People with a family history of autoimmune disorders, including diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, are more likely to have it.

Tinea capitis is a parasitic infection:

Tinea capitis, also known as scalp ringworm, is a fungus that causes itchiness and hair loss by penetrating deep into the hair follicles. Hair can break off at the scalp’s surface or just above it. Depending on the type of fungus, you may experience infection and inflammation on your scalp.

It is highly infectious, affects primarily little children. You can have the following symptoms:

  • Black, bumpy spots on the scalp
  • A raised, dry, scaly rash


Allergic reactions to hair dyes can result in an itchy scalp with inflammation. It can lead you to hair loss in extreme situations. Researchers discovered that up to 1% of the participants in one study were allergic to paraphenylenediamine (PPD), a primary ingredient in hair dyes. It can cause hair loss to those individuals who are sensitive to PPD. Insect bites can look like allergies, and that can lead to inflammation. It can also be a reason for hair loss.


It is a hair follicle infection. Staph bacteria or fungi are generally responsible for this infection. It can appear everywhere on your body where hair grows, including your scalp. Folliculitis that impacts the scalp can trigger inflammation on your scalp and temporary hair loss. But for some people, the disease can, however, cause irreversible hair loss in some people.

So, what are the treatments available for hair loss due to itchy skin and inflammation?

The cause of the itching and hair loss determines the treatment options. Our hair transplant surgeon in Pune will advise you on the best cure for your complications.

  • We can prescribe you steroids to reduce inflammation on your scalp.
  • To get a cure from yeast infection, use topical or oral antifungal medications.
  • We may prescribe you immunotherapy drugs as well.

Other than these medications, there are few different treatments available for you. These treatments are:

  • You can take minoxidil to boost your hair growth.
  • You can use finasteride to treat baldness.
  • You can have a hair transplant in Pune.

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Dr. Gajanan Jadhao

I am a Hair Transplant Surgeon, Cosmetologist and Anesthesiologist in Pune. I have more than 16 years of experience in this field.

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