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How do you treat an itchy scalp and stop hair loss naturally?

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An itchy scalp can often be remedied quickly with natural shampoos, while hair loss requires longer-lasting natural treatment involving dietary adjustments and lifestyle changes. Both conditions are commonly occurring disorders, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

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Hair loss can sometimes be treated with dietary adjustments. A diet too high in vitamin A can cause hair loss. People sometimes get too much of this vitamin through supplements or medicines. In this case, normal hair growth resumes once the body stops getting too much vitamin A.

Hair loss can also be attributed to too little protein. The body will ration protein when it is scarce and shut down hair growth. This becomes apparent after two to three months of eating too little protein. Eat more protein such as meat, eggs and fish to stop the hair loss.

Be sure to get enough iron from foods such as cereals, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, beans, lentils, spinach, clams, oysters and organ meats. Iron deficiency causes hair loss.

Anorexia and bulimia contribute to this condition as does rapid weight loss. Some people experience hair loss after losing more than 15 pounds. This can occur even three to six months after losing the weight, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Most causes of itchy scalp are relatively minor and can be quickly remedied by switching to an over-the-counter shampoo designed to treat itchy scalp, states WebMD.

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