Extremely itchy scalp at night

I've been searching a bit but having a hard time finding a solution. My boyfriend has very course, thick short hair that is fairly curly, mostly on top. Since it's cut short it appears kind of straight. Anyways, I recently had him start using Deva Low Poo when he washes his hair and it has definitely helped a bit with the ichyness, but occasionally after he washes it he has extreme itching at night while he's laying down. He has recently started to not scrub as hard but he's still having the issue. Are there any products he could try to put in before bed to either prevent or treat the itch? I've read about Organic Root Stimulator Tee Tree Oil and Jojoba Oil but I'm not sure if it will really work or which one will work.. Something on the more natural side seems best since more chemicals will probably irritate it worse which would be very bad!
Any suggestions?
Suggestions: he may have allergies i.e. to dust mites which are concentrated in the pillow and bedding (have him wash sheets often in hot water or with 35-40 drops tea tree oil, use antihistamines), get dust-mite proof covers for pillows. He may have seborrheic dermatitis or eczema, usually treated with dandruff shampoo or topical steroids (as over-the-counter, Scalpicin Maximum Strength works pretty well).
Scrubs made from sugar and oil (about equal parts each) and with some tea tree oil added if he's not sensitive can help. Exfoliation is really important for itchy skin.

CeraVe cleansers are wonderful for itchy skin. They're made for skin, but the foaming cleanser (like a lowpoo) and the moisturizing one (cowash) work for hair.

My husband has a similar problem and I totally agree, too many chemicals can cause the problem to get a lot worse. However, if it continues, it's good to have a doctor check things out because they might have a very effective topical treatment for that.
DH's scalp is responding very well to a lot of moisturizers and humectants with topical niacinamide - much better than he was doing with steroid cream for some reason. That's similar to CeraVe nighttime serum.

But best to have a doctor check it and make a diagnosis so he knows what he's dealing with.

The itchy at night thing is SO annoying, right up there with the "nighttime stuffy nose!"
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Could it be the laundry detergent or fabric softener doing it to him and not the hair products at all? Maybe try buying a dye free, fragrance free laundry detergent and/or fabric softener and see if that helps.

For that matter, you could try buying a dye free, fragrance free conditioner you could use in lieu of the Deva product and see if that solves it, too.

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This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
Suggestions: he may have allergies i.e. to dust mites which are concentrated in the pillow and bedding (have him wash sheets often in hot water or with 35-40 drops tea tree oil, use antihistamines), get dust-mite proof covers for pillows. He may have seborrheic dermatitis or eczema, usually treated with dandruff shampoo or topical steroids (as over-the-counter, Scalpicin Maximum Strength works pretty well).
Scrubs made from sugar and oil (about equal parts each) and with some tea tree oil added if he's not sensitive can help. Exfoliation is really important for itchy skin.

CeraVe cleansers are wonderful for itchy skin. They're made for skin, but the foaming cleanser (like a lowpoo) and the moisturizing one (cowash) work for hair.

My husband has a similar problem and I totally agree, too many chemicals can cause the problem to get a lot worse. However, if it continues, it's good to have a doctor check things out because they might have a very effective topical treatment for that.
DH's scalp is responding very well to a lot of moisturizers and humectants with topical niacinamide - much better than he was doing with steroid cream for some reason. That's similar to CeraVe nighttime serum.

But best to have a doctor check it and make a diagnosis so he knows what he's dealing with.

The itchy at night thing is SO annoying, right up there with the "nighttime stuffy nose!"
Originally Posted by IAgirl
Thanks for the help! We have pretty much ruled out allergies because it has happened several places, like with my pillows at my place and his own pillows. I did just wash all of them though just in case!

I agree that exfoliation is important but I'm afraid to have him try it. I thought maybe a brown sugar scrub with olive oil would be good. His scalp definitely could use a scrub but when he scrubs with just a shampoo, it seems to lift the skin up and create more irritation. Will the sugar be soothing or create more problems?
I just started using this stuff, and so far, so good for what has finally been diagnosed as psoriasis on my scalp - what had always been called seborrheic dermatitis has become much, much worse and uncontrollable:

www.aim2health.com/shampoo.htm

I got her Theracream with 20% urea to rub into my scalp at night, then I wash it out in the morning with the shampoo. Have only used it a couple of times, but I'm seeing improvement already, and it feels much better.

I had good results with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo and conditioner for a couple of years, but it or even T-Sal and T-Gel, MG217, etc. weren't working for me any more. BTW, if you haven't tried MG217, it and the ointment are worth a try since they're available on-the-ground at Walgreen's, etc. The shampoo is with the other medicated shampoos, but the ointment is with calamine lotion, etc. - both contain coal tar.

Good luck!
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Last edited by auntnett; 06-27-2011 at 01:54 PM.
Sugar should not be a problem. Brown is more crumbly than white.
I wouldn't rule out allergies unless he's had an allergy test. A healthy person can always try taking an antihistamine to see if it helps, with or without an allergy test.
OTC hydrocortisone cream (or Scalpicin) is a good thing to try too.

That theracream with urea is interesting too because itchy scalps need humectants and moisture (urea is a humectant) to keep the skin healthy. In irritated skin, the skin isn't functioning as a good barrier anymore. Humectants and moisturizers especially are good for soothing the itch.
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Even the shampoo has 5% urea, which I'm hoping will alone help keep it under control once I clear up this severe bout with the Theracream . . . .
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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Thanks everyone! He actually just informed me that he has had an allergy test before :P he didn't seem to have anything. I just got Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo & Condish for him to try. We don't want to purchase expensive treatments until we can rule out the cheap ones and Trader Joe's is awesome. I also have some Jojoba Oil that I may put on his scalp before bed or if it starts to get itchy. So hopefully after a few washes this will help him out, but if not we will definitely try some of the products that you have all been suggesting!
I just started using a lavendar oil/water spray on my scalp at night to deal with itchies too and it really helps with scalp inflammation. I just put Lavendar EO in some filtered water in a fine mist sprayer and before I go to bed, I spray mainly on my crown area and let dry before sleeping. The itch relief is amazing and the lavendar helps me sleep better too.

Would your guy mind smelling like lavendar at night? He could rinse his hair with a water wash in the morning to not smell flowery....
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Okay.. so he shampooed and conditioned today and the itching is acting up again. It seems to only itch at night. Some new information.. its a really intense itch, the kind that you can't sleep through. Also, it seems to only happen in small patches. Either in two spots on the head, like above each ear. Tonight its just above the neck. I just put some Jojoba oil on but it didn't help, and there are a lot of flakes. It also looks a little red. Does this sound like more of a medical issue? He just wants to relieve the itch although I think it might take a few days.
Also, I looked up the MG217 ointment and it says it shouldn't be used on the scalp. Has anyone used it there anyways?
Thanks in advance!
No, I didn't realize that myself - stuff I had read about it on a psoriasis forum made it sound like you could use it on the scalp, so thank for the tip before I wasted any money on it. I've only used the shampoo, which I do think helped more than Neutrogena T-Gel, even the extra strength version. My hair felt better with it, too.

BTW, the Aim2Health website does specifically say to use the Theracream on the scalp at night and wash in the morning with the shampoo - I did know what I was talking about with that one, LOL!

It may've already been mentioned, but has he tried Scalpicin when he has the intense itching? I tried it many years ago, and it did feel good, but I never used it much because it wet my hair too much and caused me to have to wash it too often. A guy probably wouldn't mind that, though . . . .

I'd also consider the lavendar spray. I've been meaning to track some down to try mysel and Ondulee's comments make me definitely want to.
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

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I've culled through the internet and found a couple of other easy things to try that may help.

1. If the itch and dryness are a result of overgrowth of yeast aka dandruff,(flakiness) a final rinse in apple cider vinegar works very well. Mix a tbsp of ACV in about 1 1/2 cups warm water and pour over head in the shower. The vinegar will remove any remaining soap residue and will help as well if there's a yeast overgrowth.

2. Try a small amount of Tea Tree Oil mixed with your shampoo.


3. Sometimes itchy scalp is from dust mite larvae, called Dermataphagoids, digging into the pores, from such places as backs of chairs, sofa pillows, laying on carpet, pets, ground, grass, or floor. The best thing to do if none of the above work is to buy the generic brand of Neutragena liquid Tar shampoo at WalMart. Follow the directions well, because one has to leave it on for a longer time for it to work, and don't be tempted to dilute it. Don't get it into your eyes. It lasts until you reintroduce dust mites back into your head, hair, neck, or arms from whatever source, even blankets that have collected dust.
It is a strong product and will also remove many hair colors, but really works on the dust mite problem, just as it advertises. If you are not too sensitive to the shampoo, you can apply a tiny dab directly to any sore you might have developed which in on your head or body. Clean combs, brushes, rollers, and irons often with regular hot water and soap, then store them on a clean surface, preferably covering them until next use. This is not the same as lice. Mites are invisible and form tiny almost microscopic sores, eventually matting together because the sore ooze fluid which dries and makes tiny scabs. Dust mites live by the millions on each speck of dust and feed on human flesh when in contact directly or indirectly, as in on a bed where human or animal tissue cells shed onto the linens providing the perfect breeding ground for them. There's not much else to do except frequent hand vacuuming of all surfaces which your body comes into contact with.



4. in relation to the above point, if you have a household steamer or garment steamer, steam your pillows mattress a few times to kill the dust mites that could be in the bedding. If your pillows are old, toss them out and get fresh new pillows and put dust mite covers on them. see : Dust Mites: Everything You Might Not Want To Know!!!

This site creeped me out but has made me decide to get new pillows and the covers that go over them...just to keep the creepy things away from me as much as possible.


As gross as it is, maybe the problem is the pillows...
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Sounds like pillows definitely could be a possible culprit since his problem is mainly at night.

Partinggiftx3, the MG217 shampoo that I mentioned is coal tar same as Neutrogena T-Gel, but to me, it seems gentler on my hair and a bit more effective, too.

ACV rinses do help, but don't overdo it - more than once a week can itself cause itching. In fact, Struttswife says not more than once or twice a month:

www.livecurlylivefree.com/home%20remedies.htm#Apple_Cider_Vinegar_Rinse
2C/3A/3B - modified CG - fairly fine now, normal/low porosity/normal elasticity

Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite,CJ Pattern Pusha,, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

HG Method: Super Soaker + Smasters-ing, brief upside down diffusing w/360o diffuser then clips/clamps & air dry. Newly gray - stopped my henna glosses!

www.fotki.com/auntnett

Last edited by auntnett; 06-30-2011 at 11:20 AM.
Sounds like pillows definitely could be a possible culprit since his problem is mainly at night.

Partinggiftx3, the MG217 shampoo that I mentioned is coal tar same as Neutrogena T-Gel, but to me, it seems gentler on my hair and a bit more effective, too.

ACV rinses do help, but don't overdo it - more than once a week can itself cause itching. In fact, Struttswife says not more than once or twice a month:

www.livecurlylivefree.com/home%20remedies.htm#Apple_Cider_Vinegar_Rinse
Originally Posted by auntnett
Thanks! He might try a ACV rinse soon. Also for some reason washing his hair helps stop the itching, maybe because his hair is wet. So hes going to start washing it at night before bed to see if that changes anything..
Thanks so much for all the advice! If it doesn't improve I'll look into the various products you have recommended.
I don't understand with dandruff and you see a dermatolgoist and they just give you a general answer. Dandruff, and yet I don't think they listen to your symptoms to make sure they are giving you a personal answer. I per say, get burning AFTER I come out from washing my hair, like an intense burn. Then I do get itchies and yes I get flakes,especially if you scratch/rub my scalp. But the burn after washing my hair with a lowpoo is odd and dermatologists don't reply on that. I might try that CErave Foaming cleanser as a low poo. I've been trying the Giovanni with extra tea tree drops, make sure you leave it on five minutes or so before rinsing. My biggest thing is I think I don't always rinse it off completely, but theres no way to know. I open up my scalp all over as I"m rinsing so water gets there, but still. . . I might try washing my hair in sections!
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I get this problem too. A severe itch only at night. I dont get it everyday and after doing some research I think it is related to diet . I found online that this can be a reaction to certain types of food. My boyfriend's younger brother who like me and your boyfriend have thick hair gets it as a reaction from dairy. I get it when i have a lot of artificially sweetened things...this time it was those delicious san pelegrino oranginas...anyway check out the possibility. Also food allergies can spring up as you get older. For example, I didnt used to be allergic to kiwis- now they make my throat swell up! I didn't used to have a problem with milk, now it screws up my digestion so I stay away from it. I didnt used to have this itchy scalp problem till about a year ago.

Hope this helps!
Hi -

This is a very old thread, but in my search I came across it and remembered it because the nature of the problem seemed to be like mine - none or very little dandruff (which appeared to be from scratching); no shampoo or even a prescription fungicide seemed to have any effect; the itching was always present but extremely bad at night; an allergy to any detergent or bath product was ruled out. I tried several evenings of a strong (and super smelly) tea tree oil solution, T-gel so strong that it made my scalp peel, a lotion/scrub for poison oak, and of course, the prescription fungicide shampoo, and none made any difference (except to wreck my hair).

It turned out not to be from anything outside of the scalp at all. After being diagnosed for a seemingly unrelated problem, I was prescribed Atenol - a beta blocker that reduces high heart rate (mine had been constantly over 100 at rest) and lowers blood pressure. Within about two hours of taking the first one, my scalp calmed down, and from the next day onward the problem has gone away. I'm not sure if it will come back when I run out. It was the only medicine I was taking for several weeks, so I am very sure that is what made it stop.

You can check your heart rate and see if maybe yours is high by downloading a free heart rate app onto your smart phone (Azumio makes one). It isn't supposed to be over 60 most of the time at rest (when you're sitting calmly in a chair in the evening reading a book for instance).

I haven't seen anything other posts about Atenol helping this problem, so I'm posting it here because for me the relief was so fast and so dramatic. Good luck to all.
Has anyone managed to find the antidote to cure the disturbing itchy scalp at night?
My mum, 82 years old is currently suffering with this problem.
Any advice is much appreciated.
Did you manage to solve the itchy scalp problem ?
Please share.
My mum is facing similar problem too.

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