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What are some home remedies for itchy scalp?

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Home remedies that may help soothe an itchy scalp include moisturizing treatments, cold packs or showers, and scale softeners. Keeping the skin moisturized is extremely important because it helps to heal the skin as it soothes, according to the National Psoriasis Foundation.

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The National Psoriasis Foundation advises using heavy creams and ointments to keep the skin moisturized. The foundation suggests that shortening or cooking oils may also work skin moisturizers because they have the necessary thick consistency. Additionally, cooking oils may be more economical than many commercial creams. To soften the scaly skin associated with psoriasis or other itchy scalp conditions, the National Psoriasis Foundation advises using special keratolytic products, which help to prevent skin areas from flaking and cracking.

Another easy home remedy for itchy scalp is to simply take cold showers or use cold packs on the affected areas. The National Psoriasis Foundation advises keeping the showers brief, optimally up to 10 minutes, and absent of any hot water. Warm and hot water only irritate and dry the skin out. The foundations recommends using lotion generously after the shower to keep moisture sealed in. Additionally, putting the lotion in the refrigerator before the shower is recommended because it is more soothing to the skin when applied while cold.

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