Itchy Scalp

PSORIASIS scalp

Last Updated July 24th, 2019

What is itchy scalp?

Itchy scalp is caused by a number of health conditions. This makes it a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. It is also called scalp pruritus. Pruritus is the medical term for an “itch”, or a desire to scratch. It is also very frequently encountered in dermatological practice, as the scalp is an area that is frequently manifested with pruritus. Information on scalp pruritus is still limited and quite complicated.

What are the causes of itchy scalp?

Dandruff

Dandruff is a very common cause for itchy scalp. A condition that results in the appearance of flakes of skin, dandruff is generally a result of irritated, oily skin or dry skin. Lack of proper shampooing can also lead to dandruff.

PSORIASIS scalpIn addition, men tend to develop dandruff more easily than women do. People with certain diseases like HIV are also at higher risk of developing dandruff than others. Dandruff can also affect people of any age, though symptoms usually start at around the time of puberty.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is also another cause for itchy scalp. It is also referred to as seborrheic eczema. Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that in turn leads to dandruff. Other symptoms are redness and scaly skin.

Seborrheic dermatitis could be a result of stress, fluctuation in the hormones, seasonal changes, and an overgrowth of yeast on the skin. Neither dandruff nor seborrheic dermatitis is related to poor hygiene. Seborrheic dermatitis is the result of an allergy or an autoimmune reaction. There is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis, but it be managed well with treatment.

Babies also can get seborrheic dermatitis. In their diaper area, one begins to notice a red rash. This is a particularly common sign of the condition. It can even cover the rest of the body as well in red patches that are also scaly. Weather and stress are external factors that can trigger seborrheic dermatitis.

Tinea capitis

Tinea capitis is another possible cause for itchy scalp. Tinea capitis or ringworm infection of the scalp is a common childhood infection that affects many children worldwide. It is caused by dermatophyte fungi and its symptoms range from mild scaling with little hair loss to large inflammatory patches on the head.

After the introduction of griseofulvin and dedicated public health programs, its spread in Europe and North America had been controlled. It was then only prevalent in other parts of the world. However, this changed with the discovery of T. tonsurans in urban areas of the United States and also in Western Europe. Today, tinea capitis again presents a challenge, as far as treatment is concerned, in these regions.

Head lice infestation

Lice infection human hairInfestation by head lice is another cause for itchy scalp. Head lice infestation is not a primary health hazard. They are also not a vector for disease, but remain a societal problem. The disease that results from the infestation of head lice is referred to as pediculosis. The chemical products used therefore for their treatment are referred to as pediculicides. Pyrethrins and permethrin remain the primary ways of fighting lice infestation.

They are also not a result of poor hygiene as commonly believed. Their treatment is very costly in the United States, with total annual costs of all treatments aggregating to about US$ 500 million. Itching results from a sensitization in the body to an injection of saliva from the mouths of the head lice as they feed on the blood. The urge to itch usually happens at about 3 to 6 weeks after the infestation. Some individuals are never sensitized (never itch). In certain cases, there is a risk of a bacterial infection developing in the scalp.

Hives

Hives are itchy, reddish bumps that are formed on the skin. They can also affect the scalp. They tend to be there for a few hours and then disappear. Sometimes they may disappear and reappear every few hours. This may be a chronic case of hives. This can happen for even longer than 6 weeks. You would need to consult a doctor if you suspect it is a case of chronic hives.

Scabies

A bug called the human itch mite causes scabies. It causes an itchy sensation all over the body as well as on the scalp. It causes skin lesions also, most commonly on the hands, legs, wrist, and ankles. The itch on the scalp can be so bad sometimes that it could keep you awake at night. It affects all age groups and infants as well.

Scabies can lead to a bacterial infection as well as other complications. In most cases of scabies, there are only less than 100 mites on the patient’s body. In crusted scabies (or Norwegian Scabies), there are about 1000 to 1 million mites on the body. This is referred to as hyperinfestation and requires immediate medical attention. If you suspect you or your infant has scabies please consult a doctor immediately. There are no medications available without a doctor’s prescription that can treat the disease.

Nerve problem

A nerve problem that is the result of damage to the nerves or disease or abnormal functionality can lead to an itchy scalp. In such cases, there will be no rash or any skin reaction. Some examples of nerve diseases that can cause an itchy scalp are shingles and diabetes.

Sometimes, there are deep scars because of hair loss. Scarring also damages nerves, in turn leading to itchy scalp.

Skin cancer

Skin problems cancerSkin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells. It is a result of DNA damage to the skin cells, most often caused by UV rays. These UV rays can trigger mutations and even genetic effects that eventually lead to skin cancer. There are three types of cell cancer. They are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. It is one of the most common forms of cancer. Its economic impact is also quite heavy. Lifetime treatment of all cases in New Zealand is known to cost as much as US$536 million yearly. Skin cancer when it forms on the scalp can lead to itching.

Reaction to a hair care product

If your scalp is itchy or flaky, it must be because there is some shampoo remaining on your hair after bath. This remainder can cause an irritation when your scalp is exposed to it. A rash also accompanies the itchy and flaky scalp. In such a case, you might be suffering from a condition referred to as allergic contact dermatitis. This condition usually affects those who dye their hair with artificial dyes. The constituent responsible for this condition is called para-phenylenediamine, and is present in many black hair dyes.

Anxiety

Anxiety and stress may cause an itch. In addition, as you itch, mood disorders such as anxiety tend to get worse. Anxiety and stress then exacerbate an itch. This becomes a vicious circle. This is generally the case for chronic itch. It could happen on your scalp as well. If you suspect a case of chronic itch, it is better to consult a doctor.

What are the common conditions that are comorbid with an itchy scalp?

An itchy scalp does not occur by itself. There are many conditions that occur with an itchy scalp. Some of them are redness, inflammation, loss of hair, eczema behind the ears and on the backside of the head.

Herbal remedies for an itchy scalp

There are several herbal remedies for an itchy scalp. Some of them are discussed below:

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial and antifungal. It also has anti-inflammatory characteristics. Apply diluted solution of apple cider vinegar with warm water. This can be applied after shampooing to relieve itchy scalp and dandruff.

Organic coconut oil

Organic coconut oil can be obtained from mature coconuts. The main constituent of coconut oil that is responsible for relieving itchy scalp is lauric acid. Lauric acid helps the skin absorb the oil more effectively, thereby increasing the efficacy of the oil in treating the itchy scalp. If the itchy scalp is caused by eczema, then too coconut oil can help. According to a study, a combination of coconut oil and anise may also be able to cure life infestation in the head.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is found in several stores that sell essential oils. It is one of the most common essential oils that can be obtained. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also helps to fight inflammation. Tea tree oil must always be used diluted as it can irritate the skin easily. Dilute it with 10-20 drops of olive oil before you apply it on the scalp. It will provide relief from itchy scalp.

Salicylic acid shampoos

Salicylic acid is found in willow bark and evergreen leaves. It also has an antibacterial and an anti-inflammatory effect. Salicylic acid shampoos are available for use if you have an itchy scalp. A person who has an aspirin allergy must not use a salicylic acid shampoo. These shampoos need to be massaged into the scalp daily twice or thrice for the desired effect.

Meditation

Meditation may help to reduce the symptoms of itchy scalp. This is because meditation has been known to reduce stress and anxiety, two major causes of eczema. A recent study showed that the person may have a greater control over the itch and be able to cope with it better if he/she meditates. Meditation might involve deep breathing exercises or merely focusing on an object and meditating with eyes closed. If you are new to meditation, there are several resources available online.

Treatment for itchy scalp

The treatment for itchy scalp depends on the cause. If the itchy scalp is caused by dandruff, the recommended means of treatment may be to wash with water and then apply several topical agents. These agents work in different ways. Some of the topical agents will be antifungal while others will reduce the oiliness of the skin, two possible reasons for dandruff.

Selenium sulfide is used to treat seborrheic dermatitis, and therefore would reduce the possibility of itchy scalp. It does so by slowing down the growth of yeast on the scalp. It can be found in shampoos or lotions. Consult a doctor and secure a prescription before you commence treatment with selenium sulfide.

The application of selenium sulfide to the scalp must be done twice in the first week and only once the second week onwards. You can continue this until you find relief from your symptoms, which is usually a month’s time. If it takes longer or your symptoms worsen, you must consult a dermatologist again. Be sure to read the labeled instructions as well for better efficacy and safety.

Other agents used for the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis include:

  • Coal tar
  • Salicylic acid shampoos and lotions
  • Pyrithione zinc
  • Topical steroids

To treat head lice infestation, you may be prescribed pediculicides. These are chemicals that kill lice and destroy lice eggs. You may, however, need to use a comb and to brush off the lice eggs in your hair. The clothes, bedding, and towels would need to be heated to a temperature of 130 degree Fahrenheit for a period of 30 minutes to destroy the lice present. This will help prevent infestation that spreads by body-to-body contact.

If you feel the allergy to a hair care product may have caused your itchy scalp, discontinue the use of the product. If you are still unsure about the cause of an itchy scalp, consult a doctor to determine the actual cause and start treatment at the earliest. There are several causes for an itchy scalp and not all of them are manageable at home.

Final Words

Itchy scalp or scalp pruritus may be caused by any of a number of underlying medical conditions. From skin conditions like dandruff to insect infestation to anxiety or allergy, the number of causes is numerous. The treatment of itchy scalp therefore also involves the treatment of the underlying medical condition. Consult a doctor if your symptoms do not resolve in one or two weeks with home remedies. There may be a serious condition that would require his help.

Facts

  • The prevalence of scalp pruritus has been reported specifically with great rarity. Therefore, it is difficult to understand its epidemiology. It has only been reported based on other medical conditions.
  • The prevalence of itchy scalp across a wide range of medical conditions varies from as little as 13% to as high as 45%.

Facts

  • In a specific study of the itchy scalp in a French population, the prevalence was about 21.5%.
  • Studies show that itchy scalp or scalp pruritus has a detrimental effect on the quality of life.

Facts

  • The itch may be present only on the scalp or may spread to other areas around it as well over time
  • In certain diseases such as dermatomyositis (weakness and inflammation of muscles), the scalp pruritus may be resistant to many different kinds of treatment.

Related Conditions

    Want to live a healthy lifestyle?

    Subscribe to free FactDr newsletters.

    REVAMP YOUR

    LIFE

    HEALTH

    WELLNESS

    If you're enjoying our website, we promise you'll absolutely love our new posts. Be the first one to get a copy!

    Get factually correct, actionable tips delivered straight to your inbox once a week.

    I want the latest scoop on :

    We hate spam too. We will never share your email address with anyone. If you change your mind later, you can unsubscribe with just one click

    By clicking Subscribe, I agree to the FactDr Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of FactDr subscriptions at any time.

     

    Dos and Don'ts

    Dos
    • Wash your hair with warm water regularly if your scalp is oily.
    • Consult a doctor immediately if you have chronic pruritus or if you suspect it has been caused by never damage or another serious condition.
    Don'ts
    • Use dyes, fragrances and other chemicals that may irritate your scalp.
    • Share combs, brushes, pillow cases, towels, and bedding with people who may have head lice.

     

     

     

    Related Conditions

      Trending Topics

      Ferritin blood test
      Ferritin Test Ferritin test is a blood test that provides vital information on the level of RBCs and iron in…
      random blood sugar test
      Random Blood Sugar Test The random blood sugar or RBS test is prescribed mainly to check the level of sugar or glucose…
      RHEUMATOID_FACTOR_(RF)
      Rheumatoid Factor (RF) Rheumatoid factor or RF is a blood test used to diagnose painful joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis…
      anti-thyroglobulin antibody
      Anti-Thyroglobulin Antibody test Anti-thyrogloubin antibody test measures the level of antibodies that attack the thyroid gland cells and are hence indicative…
      ASTtest-liver
      AST- Aspartate Aminotransferase Test AST test is a blood test that is used to measure the level of a particular liver enzyme…
      lipid-profile
      Lipid Profile Lipid profile is a blood test that provides complete information on how much cholesterol is present in the…
      Lectin: The common link of proteins between peas and people Lectins are a type of protein that are found majorly in legumes. Most people are find it easy…
      rubella IgG test
      Rubella IgG Test The rubella IgG test is a blood test that checks for the rubella virus IgG antibodies present in…
      beautiful smiling woman enjoying high fiber energy bar with roughage
      The importance of roughage in diet Eat these high fiber foods to increase your dietary roughage. Quick tips to boost daily roughage consumption. Check…
      The real reason why you shouldn’t be eating ramen noodles Instant ramen noodles might be your go-to snack for your hunger pangs. But with each spoonful you are…
      Pulmonary Function Tests Pulmonary function tests (PFT’s) are non-invasive breathing tests employed for diagnosing and monitoring lung diseases such as bronchitis
      passion fruit juice
      Passion fruit: How one exotic fruit can help you fight infections and cancer! Passion fruit: Why does this exotic fruit have such an enticing name? And how can it protect you…
      Vitamin K2: 8 reasons why you need this bone-building & cancer-fighting nutrient Vitamin K2 is claimed to be essential for your bone health, for reducing the risk of cancer, and…
      cardiolipin antibody igm
      Cardiolipin Antibody (ACL) –IgM Test This particular test measures the level of IgM type antibodies in the blood by using the ELISHA test…
      hlab27 test
      HLA-B27 test The HLA-B27 is a blood test that is used to determine the level of a particular protein called…
      IGE test
      IgE test – Immunoglobulin E IgE or immunoglobulin E test is a test that measures the level of IgE in the blood and…
      POSTPRANDIAL-BLOOD-SUGAR
      Post-Prandial Blood Sugar Postprandial blood sugar test is an important diabetes diagnosing tool. This simple blood test measure the level of…
      serum zinc test
      Serum Zinc Test The serum zinc test is a blood test performed to assess the zinc level in the blood (serum)…
      amylase test
      Amylase Test Amylase test is done by checking the level of this protein in the blood sample and also in…
      DHEAS test
      DHEA Sulfate (DHEAS) Test DHEAS or DHEA Sulfate test is prescribed if an individual shows symptoms of abnormal adrenal actvity such as…
      TBHQ: A carcinogen lingering in your child’s favorite snacks TBHQ - Why you should shun the practice of eating instant noodles or microwave popcorn to get rid…
      antinuclear antibody test
      Antinuclear Antibody Test – (ANA) Antinuclear antibody or ANA test is a blood test that measures the level of ANA antibodies that are…
      diabetes symptoms in women
      FBS Test – Fasting Blood Sugar FBS or fasting blood sugar test is a blood test that is used to determine the level of…
      abdominal-CT-scan- image
      Abdominal CT scan Abdominal CT scan is a diagnostic imaging technique that provides a clear picture of the state of internal…
      hsv igg test
      Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG Test Herpes Simplex Virus I (HSV)-IgG is used to detect the presence of the herpes virus so that the…
      Maltitol: Things you must know about this artificial sweetener Sugar alcohols are produced by fruits and vegetables. Maltitol is an artificially produced sugar alcohol and is used…
      serum electrolyte test
      Serum Electrolyte If there is an electrolyte imbalance in the body, a serum electrolyte test will help to find out…
      bilirubin-test-result
      Bilirubin Test Bilirubin is a substance produced in the body as a result of red blood cell breakdown. A bilirubin…
      CLA: A breakthrough weight loss supplement with minimal side effects Tried every weight loss supplement in the market with no substantial gain? Why not try CLA supplements, derived…
      Patient under observation
      What can you do if you are COVID-19 positive: Practical coping tips If you tested positive for COVID-19, follow these steps if you are under home or hospital quarantine to…
      thyroglobulin test
      Thyroglobulin (TG) Test Thyroglobulin test helps in measuring and monitoring the concentration of thyroglobulin. This test can be used as a…
      Free T3 test
      Free Triiodothyronine (FT3) Test The free triiodothyronine or FT3 test is an important blood test that is used to detect the level…
      Stye : The best natural home remedies to ease the pain Styes developing inside the eyelid tend to be more painful whereas external styes are less painful and ooze…
      dengue-test
      Dengue NS1 test Dengue NS1 is a blood test used to determine the onset of dengue fever. Dengue fever is transmitted…
      diverticulitis diet
      Diverticulitis diet: The right way to eat if you suffer from the disease Are you suffering from diverticultis but clueless about your diet ? Read this complete plan for diverticulitis diet…
      HELICOBACTER_PYLORI---IgG
      Helicobacter Pylori – IgG Test Helicobacter pylori IgG test is a blood, saliva, and urine test performed to determine if the patien is…
      lifestyle diseases
      The Big 5 lifestyle diseases: How your everyday living might be killing you You'd be shocked to know how unhealthy and potentially fatal your everyday routine could be. Has the modern…
      tonometry
      Tonometry Tonometry uses a device called tonometer to measure the pressure inside the eye. This pressure is depends upon…
      autoimmune diseases facts
      Autoimmune Diseases: Find out if your body is attacking you right now Did you know your body can harm itself? What are autoimmune diseases and why does it harm some…
      The science behind daith piercing: Can it really cure migraine? Since the ear has several pressure points, it is believed that daith piercing activates the vagus nerve and…
      low fodmap plan
      Troubled with IBS? Here’s a complete roadmap to the low FODMAP diet Leaky & inflammatory gut troubling you? No medicine bringing you relief from the pain? Why not try the…
      Cystoscopy Cystoscopy is intended to look at the abnormalities in the ureters, bladder, and urethra, to assist surgeries performed…
      folate test
      Folate test The Folate test measures and monitors the levels of folic acid in the blood. This test is also…
      green poop causes
      Green poop : What are the reasons and how can you correct it Ever sneak a peek down the toilet only to shockingly find green poop? Why does our poop turn…
      BRAT Diet: What is the right way to follow this diarrhea-relieving diet? BRAT diet, a simple diet consisting of just bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast, can help you combat the…
      urinary microalbumin test
      Urinary Microalbumin Test The urine microalbumin test is a urine test that measures the level of microalbumin or protein in the…
      TPAB test
      Treponema Pallidum Antibody(TPAB) test Treponema pallidum bacteria a gram-negative bacteria that has helically coiled, corkscrew-shaped cells, responsible for STDs such as syphilis.
      lipoprotein A
      Lipoprotein (A) Test Lipoprotein (A) test is used to measure and monitor the levels of LDL(Low-Density Lipoprotein) in the bloodstream in…
      Top 6 remedies to treat a razor burn at home Symptoms of razor burn include bumps on the skin, redness, and irritation of the skin. Find easy and…
      CBC blood test
      CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test CBC (Hemogram 6-part diff) blood test refers to the test that measures the number of RBCs, WBCs, etc…
      Bloodtestalbumin
      Albumin Test Albumin test or blood serum test is a liver function test that measures the amount of the protein…
      CEA_test
      Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) test CEA or carcinoembryonic test detects the presence of CEA antigen in your blood mainly & determines the effectiveness…
      Helicobacter pylori IGA
      Helicobacter Pylori – IgA Test The H.pylori IgA test is a blood test used to identify the level of IgA antigen in the…
      Milk Thistle skin
      Milk Thistle: Find possible cures for fatal diseases in these purple blooms Milk thistle is well-known for treating liver conditions. However, did you know that it comes with a plethora…
      Eustachian Tube : Functions and top home remedies to prevent its infection Pressure equalization, mucus drainage and protecting the middle ear from bacteria and viruses are the three important functions…
      maltodextrin sugar
      Maltodextrin: What are the hidden health benefits of this food additive? Maltodextrin is one of the few food additives that has been relatively deemed safe. Many experts now have…
      shiitake mushrooms healthy
      What are Shiitake Mushrooms and why should you eat them? Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their smoky and robust taste. However, did you know they are replete…
      Chromium Picolinate: An essential mineral supplement for faster weight loss Did you know that about 1.6 million deaths were directly linked to diabetes globally? How is it linked…
      How do neutrophils protect you from fatal bacterial attacks? During an infection, certain enzymes alert the mature neutrophils.  Neutrophils then travel through the bloodstream to the affected…
      Anti-CCP Test – Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Anti-ccp or ACCP test is a blood test that is primarily employed to diagnose the onset of rheumatoid…
      free thyroxine ft4
      Free thyroxine test (FT4) The FT4 or free thyroxine test is used to detect the level of free thyroxine of FT4 thyroid…
      Goji berry: A traditional Chinese berry that packs the best of antioxidants Goji berry is an ancient berry that is considered to be power-packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Which means…
      Poop chart: Top things you didn’t you your poop could reveal about you Bristol poop chart was designed during the 1990s in order to help doctors identify various types of poops…
      Rubella IgM test
      Rubella IgM Test The Rubella IgM test is a blood test that is performed to diagnose the presence of the rubella…
      erythropoetin test
      Erythropoietin (EPO) Test Erythropoietin stimulates the production of RBCs in bone marrow. An erythropoietin test is done to diagnose blood disorders…
      AUTOIMMUNE HEPATITIS liver
      Hepatitis Profile A hepatitis profile or a hepatitis panel is a blood test that checks for markers of hepatitis infection…
      Silicon Dioxide: How can a component of sand be essential to your wellbeing? Silicon is one of the most abundant elements in the nature. Find out how silicon dioxide can prove…
      HSV-IgM test
      Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)-IgM Test The HSV-IgM class antibody is produced by the body a few days after an initial HSV infection and…
      cytomegalovirus iGG
      Cytomegalovirus (CMV)- IgG Test The cytomegalovirus IgG is the immunoglobulin protein produced by our immune system when the body is infected by…
      dandelion weight loss
      Caralluma Fimbriata: How to eat this cactus to lose weight Caralluma fimbriata is a miracle cactus that can be safely consumed by most for losing weight and boosting…
      These are the top foods to increase your hemoglobin count It is important to add iron-rich foods into your diet in order to increase hemoglobin. Deficiency of hemoglobin could…
      hYdroxycut pills
      Hydroxycut: How safe are these so-called weight loss supplements? Hydroxycut is a blend of several different ingredients formulated to promote weight loss; powered by a key weight…
      Chlorella: Therapeutic powers of the billion-year-old algae now within your reach Chlorella - A billion year old nutrient-rich algae that can potentially ward off cancers and high cholesterol; the…
      Piaget stages: Do they accurately describe the way the human brain develops?  A common assumption was that children are less competent thinkers as compared to adults, but this was refuted…
      anti ds dna test
      Anti Ds-DNA antibody Test The  Anti Ds-DNA antibody test is used to diagnose the disease called lupus or more aptly the SLE(Systematic…
      occupational hazards types
      Occupational Hazards: How to vouch for your health at your workplace Occupational hazards affect millions worldwide. Chemical spills, faulty wires, deadly pathogen, and work-stress can happen anytime. Follow these…
      Trisodium Phosphate: How a paint thinner made its way into your breakfast Ever thought how toxic chemicals find their way into our foods? How can they harm our body? And…
      liver cleanse detox
      14 go-to foods that are best for a complete natural liver detox Liver cleanse can be achieved by just choosing or avoiding certain types of food. Liver itself is a detoxifying…
      Vitamin b12
      Vitamin B12 Test Vitamin b12 is an essential nutrient required for healthy functioning of the nervous system and also development of…
      Vagus nerve: 7 health benefits of stimulating the “gut-brain” connection As a matter of fact, there are two vagus nerves namely the left and the right but is…
      Sciatica pain relief: Get rid of the pain with these easy daily tips Researchers have claimed that not only heat but icing the area too helps relieve sciatica pain. Find out…
      LFT-test
      Liver Function Test – LFT LFT or Liver Function Test is a blood test used to determine the levels of hepatic enzymes which…
      smelling-salts-benefits
      The actual science behind smelling salts and how it helps in injury recovery Most smelling salts are a mixture of ammonium carbonate and some perfumes which are sniffed by an individual…
      Squid-ink-spaghetti
      Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
      Squid-ink-spaghetti
      Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
      Squid-ink-spaghetti
      Squid Ink: A unique food coloring and flavoring agent Want to add a unique black color to your pasta, noodles and ice-creams? How can you use squid…
      Mood swings
      The real reasons for your mood swings and how to overcome them Are you prone to heated moods frequently? Do you also feel bouts of depressive feeling creeping up on…
      carrageenan seaweed
      Carrageenan: How a simple seaweed extract could better your gut health & immunity Eat more ice cream to prevent cold and flu? –With carrageenan you get one simple seaweed extract that…
      Panera bread steak arugula
      Panera Bread: The truth behind this “healthy” restaurant chain What to order and what to avoid when dining at Panera Bread ? Know more about this popular…
      Moringa drink
      Moringa: This could be the most nutrient-dense food known to us! Moringa is a lush green tree brimming with over 90 essential nutrients required for a healthy mind and…
      Jackfruit: Slice your way into higher immunity, better digestion, & more… Native to the South East Asia, the jackfruit is a fruit brimming with thousands of health benefits. Discover…
      EMA antibodies
      Endomysial Antibodies (EMA) Test EMA test is an investigative blood examination to locate the presence of certain antibodies, called Endomysial antibodies or…
      beta 2 glycoprotein 1 IgG
      Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 IgG Beta 2 glycoprotein 1 antibody test involves detecting and measuring the presence of the IgG class of beta…
      Pumpkin Seeds: Why pumpkins are more than just for pies! Pumpkins have been long associated with Halloween carvings and delicious pies. But did you know that pumpkin seeds…
      vital organ diseases
      Common diseases that could cripple your vital organs Brain, heart, kidney, lungs, and liver - these vital organs are indeed vital for your survival. However, these…
      Astaxanthin: Why experts believe it could be 550x more potent than vitamin E! What is astaxanthin and why is this new supplement on the block touted as the most powerful antioxidant…
      Carb Cycling: Weighing the pros vs the cons of this diet routine Completely discarding carbs from your life will do you more harm than good. Read more about carb cycling,…
      Hydroquinone: Is it the best topical treatment for hyperpigmentation? Darkening of the skin due to high melanin levels is called hyperpigmentation.  Hydroquinone interferes with melanin production thus treating…
      Quinine: How gin and tonic came to be known as a potent health elixir The discovery of quinine-containing tree bark is sometimes considered the most serendipitous medical discovery of the 17th century.
      Ear pain model
      Easy and safe tips for ear wax removal you can do at home Cerumen impaction generally occurs when an external object like cotton swabs are used to remove the ear wax.…
      Balneotherapy jacuzzi
      5 things you didn’t know about balneotherapy and how you can do it at home Sauna baths have been popular since a long time. But how much more beneficial can balneotherapy be as…
      ketoacidosis diabetes
      HB1Ac Test HB1Ac test is an important blood test that is used to measure the levels of glycated hemoglobin in…
      beta 2 glycoprotein 1 igm
      Beta 2 Glycoprotein 1 IgM The Beta 2 glycoprotein 1 IgM test detects IgM class of antibodies in the blood.The presence of beta-2…
      dhea adrenal
      Androstenedione Test Androstenedione is produced by the adrenal gland, the test of the levels of Androstenedione helps in the evaluation…
      ureteroscopy
      Ureteroscopy Ureteroscopy is the diagnostic procedure which is used for the detection of the kidney stones in addition to…
      social media adddiction
      Your health in the age of Social Media: Why is digital detox a necessity? Did you know that more than 400 million people are dangerously addicted to social media? Are you one…
      alcohol toxic
      7 startling facts that will make you quit alcohol today Does drinking really make you friendly and happy? How many calories does a can of cold beer add…
      oral hygiene tips
      6 shocking consequences of bad oral hygiene (and how to avoid them) Did you know bad breath is not just turning off, but also harms your body in ways you…
      Dragon Fruit – Blessing from Nature’s Basket Dragon fruit is packed with nutrients but low on calories. It is the dream food that can help…
      Juice Plus: Can you really replace actual fruits with pills?  Juice Plus supplements intend to fill nutritional gaps present in our daily diet. But how successful have they…
      GM Diet: The fastest way to lose weight or yet another hoax diet? General Motors started this trend of extreme dieting for 7 straight days to ensure its employees were able…
      Sputum test Sputum test is a commonly used diagnostic tool that is used to examine the presence of pathogens in…
      Bronchoscopy procedure
      Bronchoscopy Bronchoscopy is a procedure where in a scope is inserted into the lung pathway to observe any growth…
      colposcopy
      Colposcopy Colposcopy is a simple, quick and non- invasive diagnostic tool to look closely inside the vulva, vagina, and…
      lipase test
      Lipase Test A lipase test is a blood test performed to quantitatively measure the level of the enzyme lipase in…
      hidden causes obesity
      8 hidden causes of obesity you probably didn’t know! Did you know that around 2 billion people worldwide are either overweight or obese? Are you too a…
      Jicama: A fiber-rich tuber for your weight loss goals Pronouced as HEE-kah-ma, Jicama is the "new kid on the block" that has taken the world by the…
      eating disorder anorexia
      Eating Disorders: Lifestyle choice or a psychological condition? Is eating disorder just a harmless bad habit? Or does it represent grim psychological disorders? Do you want…
      xylitol gum
      Xylitol : Is this the right sugar substitute for you? Discovered during World War 2 owing to sugar shortage, xylitol has become a common name in pharamaceutical industry.…
      Experts reveal the safest ways to perform an enema at home The idea of pushing some up your rectal area might make you queasy but an enema could actually…
      How to scrub away stress and fatigue with an Epsom salt bath? Epsom salt is a popular home remedy for many skin ailments. Though there is a lack of scientific…
      ANTI-MICROSOMAL-ANTIBODY-(AMA)
      Anti-Microsomal Antibody AMA Test AMA or anti-microsomal antibody test is a blood test that measures the activity of AMA in the body…
      Hysteroscopy_procedure
      Hysteroscopy Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive tool to help specialists view the uterus to diagnose and even treat several…
      myelogram
      Myelography Myelography is an important diagnostic tool that is used to investigate and identify abnormalities in the spine and…
      anoscopy
      Anoscopy Anoscopy is an invasive diagnostic procedure where a small device known as anoscope will be inserted in the…
      cystatin C
      Cystatin C Test Cystatin C is a specific single-chain protein that is found in body fluids and is a biomarker for…
      Kava: Is it the healthy substitute for alcohol you have been waiting for? Native to the beautiful South Pacific islands, Kava is a famous beverage rooted in the local culture. It…
      What to eat, what not to eat in the South Beach Diet? The South Beach Diet is one among the most popular weight loss programs that have been the talk…
      Is bronchitis contagious? And how to prevent this infection? It is acute bronchitis that is contagious which means you can contract it from another person or you…
      arterial-blood-gas
      Arterial Blood Gas Analysis Arterial blood gas analysis is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the volume of oxygen and carbon dioxide…
      Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (tTG) Test Transglutaminase is an enzyme present in our body and is involved in protein metabolism. A tTg test is…
      blood ketone test
      Blood Ketone (D3HB) Test The Blood Ketone Test measures and monitors the levels of ketone in the blood which is usually performed…
      Diabetes blood test
      Diabetic Profile The diabetic profile is a set of tests used for testing and monitoring the various kinds of Diabetes…
      hidden benefits walking
      9 benefits of walking we bet you didn’t know! Did you know walking can be the miracle pill for eternal youth? Everyone knows walking is good for…
      Salt dangers
      Sodium chloride: The wonders and dangers of the simple table salt Sodium chloride is a salt containing sodium and chlorine ions at a 1:1 ratio. It is edible and…
      The right way to prepare Alfalfa sprouts at home Alfalfa or lusan ghas is not just a nutritious animal fodder. This flavonoid-rich herb has some amazing health…
      Find all the instant ways to get rid of blackheads Blackheads - Not only are they aesthetically unappealing but if left untreated these can cause bacterial overgrowth on…
      How to correctly perform nasal irrigation using a Neti Pot? Neti pot has been a part of Ayurveda since centuries. This ancient tool is extremely effective in treating…
      11 unbelievable health benefits of thyme you didn’t know! Thyme is a herb that has been used in alternative medicine.It is a well known seasoning in the…
      Barium-enema
      Barium Enema Barium enema is also known as colon x-ray. Here, the patient is asked to consume small amount of…
      hepatitis B envelope antigen
      Hepatitis B Envelope Antigen (HBeAg) The HBeAg or hepatitis B envelope antigen test is a screening test used to diagnose the onset of…
      L-theanine attention
      L-Theanine: Better sleep, higher focus, and many other benefits Did you know that L-theanine found in green tea can make you sleep better and be focused at…
      kefir bottle
      Kefir: Top reasons why this probiotic drink should be consumed by you Yet another remarkable fermented food, kefir is a much healthier version of yogurt. These chewy white grains can…
      Agave nectar: The bitter truth about this sweetener revealed Agave nectar is considered to be sweeter than the normal table sugar and even contains higher amounts of…
      Bromelain: 11 reasons why you should start adding pineapple to your pizza! If you didn't love pineapples already, here are some of the top health benefits that bromelain can bring…
      Tattoo Aftercare: The best practices to follow once you get inked Planning getting permanently inked? Make sure you follow these critical tattoo aftercare techniques to avoid infectious agents attacking…
      How accurate is the hair follicle drug test? Hair follicle drug test is one of the best ways to identify drug use in professional circles. But…
      Inversion Therapy: The anti-gravity way of healing chronic back pain Inversion therapy involves suspending a person upside dow using different types of equipment. This works by taking the…
      thyroid_scan
      Thyroid Scan Thyroid scan is a diagnostic procedure that aims to view the thyroid gland and detect any growths or…
      lp-pla2
      LP-PLA2 Test The LP-PLA2 test is a test which is carried out to assess the levels of Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2…
      complement c4 test
      Anemia Profile Anemia Profile test (Basic) is a blood screening test that measures the levels of important components of the…
      immunoglobulin M
      Immunoglobulin M Test Immunoglobulin M is the largest and the first produced antibody which helps in the prevention or fighting of…
      macadamia nuts in food
      Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
      macadamia nuts in food
      Proven health benefits and nutrition of macadamia nuts Know all about scientific, amazing health benefits of macadamia nuts, its nutrition, recipes, how to consume, price and…
      fitness routine fun
      10 fantastic ways to make your fitness routine more fun! Are you too bored to exercise? Do you avoid gym cause it's too monotonous? Looking for fun and…
      sleep deprivation
      Don’t let your sleep deficit grow into memory loss or heart attack Why is sleep important for us? How could sleep deprivation harm you? We bet you didn't know about…
      The complete “what to eat” guide for gluten intolerance Does eating breads and pastas often makes you nauseous? Gluten intolerance is a common reason why you might…
      Pescatarian Diet 101: What are the inherent health advantages of this diet? People opt to become a pescatarian in order to enrich their bodies with the essential health benefits that…
      Oxidative Stress: Understanding the most lethal phenomenon happening in your body right now Free radicals cause damage to the body, which is known as oxidation.  The amount of oxidation caused by…
      Tamarind: The top health benefits of this staple Asian ingredient Did you know this sweet and sour pulpy fruit does more than just add a tangy flavor to…
      Oxalates: How healthy greens can sometimes be bad news for your kidneys Oxalates are compounds present in a majority of healthy foods. However, at times an overconsumption of these could…
      SIBO Diet: The important dos and don’ts of this gut-healing diet A SIBO diet is a diet that works by eliminating certain sugars from your diet and adding fibers…
      Internal bleeding brain
      Beware: Ignoring these tell-tale signs of stroke could cost a life The signs and symptoms of a stroke differ depending on which part of the brain has been affected.…
      Bubble Tea: Bubbling with nutrition or a hidden sugar mine? The tapioca pearls present in the tea looks like bubbles and hence the name bubble tea became popular.…
      GGt test
      GGT – Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase Test GGT or gammaglutamyl transferase test is a liver function test that is used to detect the extent of…