Elder Care Rochester MN
A scalp that is itchy and tickly can be extremely uncomfortable and lead to your parents scratching at their skin, potentially causing small cuts and abrasions that put them at increased risk of infection. Itchy scalps can also be an indication of a problem with how the skin cells reproduce and turn over, which can in turn interrupt the growth cycle of the individual hairs, contributing to slower hair growth and more rapid hair loss.
Fortunately if an itchy scalp is part of your elderly care journey with your aging loved ones, there are ways that you can help them to feel more comfortable and reduce the chances that they will hurt themselves through continual scratching. Reducing itchy scalp can also help to minimize those white flakes that can make your aging parents feel self-conscious and less likely to want to spend time with others, helping to support their mental and emotional health and encourage them to get the social interaction that they need.
Some ways that you and your parents’ elderly health care services provider can help your loved ones deal with their itchy scalp:
- Shampoo frequently. Often itchy scalp is caused by a buildup of sebum, the natural lubricating material produced by the scalp, and dead skin cells. Shampooing regularly removes this material, immediately reducing the itch and allowing any treatments such as medicated shampoos or topical medications to better saturate the scalp so that it will work better.
- Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural essential oil that has antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Add 20 drops of this essential oil to half a cup of baby shampoo and use it as you would your usual shampoo to gently wash the hair and scalp and soothe the cause of the itching.
- Baking soda. Baking soda may seem like a soft powder, but the truth is that it has highly effective exfoliating properties. Using this inexpensive, easily accessible kitchen staple as part of your scalp care routine can help to remove dead and dry skin cells from the scalp, reducing itch and stimulating the turnover of healthier cells. Mix baking soda and water to create a thick paste. Apply a thin layer of olive oil or melted coconut oil onto the scalp and then massage the paste into the scalp. Allow the paste to sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then shampoo as usual.
- Brush. Even very short hair needs to be brushed or combed regularly in order to support healthy growth and scalp health. Brushing, especially using strokes that apply pressure to the scalp and then pull down through the strands, helps to loosen dead and dry skin cells so that they can get washed way, stimulates blood flow to the scalp, and distributes natural oils throughout the hair rather than leaving them sitting on the skin, which results not just in a more comfortable scalp, but also smoother, shinier, stronger hair that has been nourished naturally by the oils. Be sure to clean brushes and combs regularly by soaking them in hot water with dish liquid or clarifying shampoo to remove oil and skin buildup and prevent bacteria growth. .
If you or someone you know needs elder care in Rochester, MN, contact Prairie River Home Care. We provide quality and affordable home care services for many fragile or senior members in the communities we serve. Call us at (888) 660-5772 for more information.