Irritation, Flaking, & Hair Loss Are Telltale Signs
Itching and pain often accompany scalp conditions, especially if the scalp is particularly dry. Often, scratching an itchy scalp can exacerbate the problem and lead to bleeding or infection.
Flaking, red patches, or dry, cracked skin could indicate a chronic condition such as seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis.
Many scalp conditions are associated with some degree of hair loss. In most cases, hair loss is temporary and may occur sporadically. However, there are some conditions like alopecia areata and ringworm that can cause more widespread or permanent balding.