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Intohellbutstayingstrong Thu 14-Mar-19 20:13:47

My DD has just called me in tears because she is suffering from a severely itchy scalp. She doesnt have nits or any visible scalp issues, dandruff or sores. Her scalp looks totally normal. She is getting more and more upset. Can stress cause this? She has an awful lot on at the moment and has a very stressful court case coming up. Ive told her to go to see her GP which she will but I think she is getting quite distressed as the itching is so severe she has to go into the toilet at work or the gym to scratch and she is finding it so distressing as there is no visible cause

needmorepizzainmydiet Thu 14-Mar-19 20:15:59

Has it just come on all of a sudden or is it ongoing? One of my anaphylaxis symptoms was an itchy scalp xx

MamaLovesMango Thu 14-Mar-19 20:20:25

Allergic reaction? She could try taking an antihistamine if she can take them.

Intohellbutstayingstrong Thu 14-Mar-19 20:21:47

Its been going on for a couple of weeks. She said the itching is very intense. She hasnt started taking any new meds or foods. Its bizarre but she is getting so distressed with.

FairyMoppings Thu 14-Mar-19 20:30:16

I had something similar. Super itchy patches just appeared all over my body. I was using a body brush on my self so ferociously I was making my skin red raw and inflamed. GP said he'd only seen it on one other patient in his entire career, but knew it to be triggered by stress. I was given a cream and asked if I wanted any counselling. I refused the counselling as the waiting list was enormous and would be months before I got an appointment. I just used the cream and did what I could to reduce my stress levels. Tbh, having someone tell me the cause was a relief and eased some stress there and then.

But as a pp says above, maybe also try antihistamines. It could be the onset of an allergy.

Or has she perhaps started using a new hair product? Dry shampoo makes my scalp itch like crazy.

Newyeardontcare Thu 14-Mar-19 20:33:04

How do you know it's not nits?

Why not try one of treatments - the one that suffocates them - just to be sure?

BitsaBobs Thu 14-Mar-19 20:34:26

Try a medicated shampoo.

Divgirl2 Thu 14-Mar-19 20:38:59

I get something similar on the sole of one foot when I'm particularly stressed. I've gouged holes in it at times - even when there was no skin left it was still itchy and I was still trying to scratch which is a strange thing.

I'm not saying your daughter's is caused by stress, but it might be worth exploring. Regardless of the cause intense itchiness is torturous and she has my sympathies.

FullOfJellyBeans Thu 14-Mar-19 20:40:19

Like PP i was going to suggest antihistamine straight away then a trip to the GP.

bridgetreilly Thu 14-Mar-19 20:43:17

Could definitely be stress. I had something similar. Neutrogena T-Gel worked but it took a couple of weeks.

chuttypicks Sat 16-Mar-19 17:02:51

Could be caused by dehydration or stress. I had this recently and the doctor prescribed medicated shampoo though I started drinking more and the itching stopped before I even used the shampoo.

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