Burning Scalp Syndrome and itch

Summer Hair & Scalp Sensitivity

Why is your scalp sensitive, flaky, or burn in the warm humid months?

We all experience an itchy scalp from time to time, imagine how distracting and uncomfortable this sensation can be if it persists?!  This condition is commonly referred to as Burning Scalp Syndrome.  Doctors have a very hard time diagnosing this condition, therefore treatment is challenging.

Many believe chronic stress, anxiety, digestive issues and depression can leading causes over stimulation of Substance PPubMed.gov describes Substance P (SP) as a secretion that it defines as:

“…by nerves and inflammatory cells such as macrophages, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and dendritic cells and acts by binding to the neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R). SP has proinflammatory effects in immune and epithelial cells and participates in inflammatory diseases of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems.

In a nutshell, SP causes our nerves to fire, resulting in a painful sensation to our bodies and scalp.  Your scalp can actually be so sensitive your “hairs” hurt!

Each case is different and no one has a solid cure.  The options below might offer some relief.

  • Quercetin – Naturally helps to remove excessive Substance P from nerves.
  • Magnesium – Low magnesium enables excessive Substance P response. Did you know low magnesium can cause itching of the skin.
  • Omega 3’s – This should be in both forms of Flax Oil and Fish Oil. Make sure you buy quality and only use the best brands. Omega 3’s are vital for healthy nerves. Many people find that improving their Omega 3 levels greatly improve the discomfort.
  • Tryptophan -This amino acid will help the body to relax and fight against SP. Amino acids are a critical step in maintaining a healthy scalp and hair stimulation.

Proper diagnosis and treatment for your hair and scalp are key to less pain. Consider a new regiment or supplement for at least 90 days before giving up!  Staying the course, being diligent and purposeful about a solution is your best bet!