Scalp Itch: A Systematic Review

Norma Elizabeth Vázquez-Herrera, Divya Sharma, Nouf Mohammed Aleid, Antonella Tosti

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Abstract

Scalp itch is a frequent complaint in the dermatological setting. It is common for the dermatologist to encounter patients with no evident cause of scalp pruritus, making it a distressing situation for both the clinician and the patient. The aim of this paper is to propose a systematic approach to scalp itch, which classifies scalp pruritus into two types: (1) with or (2) without dermatological lesions, and presence or absence of hair loss. Also, it is important to think first about the most common causes and then rule out other, less common etiologies. The acronym SCALLP and the five steps for scalp evaluation (listen, look, touch, magnify, and sample) are useful tools to keep in mind for an assertive approach in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournalSkin Appendage Disorders
Volume4
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Itch
  • Lice
  • Lichen planopilaris
  • Pediculosis
  • Pruritus
  • Psoriasis
  • Scalp
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Trichoscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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Vázquez-Herrera, N. E., Sharma, D., Aleid, N. M., & Tosti, A. (2018). Scalp Itch: A Systematic Review. Skin Appendage Disorders, 4(3), 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1159/000484354

Scalp Itch : A Systematic Review. / Vázquez-Herrera, Norma Elizabeth; Sharma, Divya; Aleid, Nouf Mohammed; Tosti, Antonella.

In: Skin Appendage Disorders, Vol. 4, No. 3, 01.08.2018, p. 187-199.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Vázquez-Herrera, NE, Sharma, D, Aleid, NM & Tosti, A 2018, 'Scalp Itch: A Systematic Review', Skin Appendage Disorders, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 187-199. https://doi.org/10.1159/000484354
Vázquez-Herrera NE, Sharma D, Aleid NM, Tosti A. Scalp Itch: A Systematic Review. Skin Appendage Disorders. 2018 Aug 1;4(3):187-199. https://doi.org/10.1159/000484354
Vázquez-Herrera, Norma Elizabeth ; Sharma, Divya ; Aleid, Nouf Mohammed ; Tosti, Antonella. / Scalp Itch : A Systematic Review. In: Skin Appendage Disorders. 2018 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 187-199.
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