Tickling Sensation On Scalp: What Are Its Causes And Home Remedies?

Tingling sensation in scalp is similar to the sensation of pins and needles that many people may experience in their limbs. The condition in medical parlance is called paresthesia. It signifies that there is peripheral nerve damage in the scalp region.

Whatever may be the name, but if someone feels tingling in scalp, he should not neglect it. It can be an indication of an impending medical problem, which if addressed at right time may prevent further complications.

Along with tingling of scalp, there may be associated symptoms such as mild headache which may further progress in its severity.

Dizziness, itching, nausea, uneasy feeling etc are few other accompanying symptoms. The sensation of tickling is similar to sensation when a feather is rubbed over the scalp.

It becomes easy to find the exact cause when the accompanying symptoms with tingling sensation are studied and taken into consideration. Several causes are responsible for this feeling, some are minor and frequent while few are uncommon and seldom.

It is possible to know the cause with proper medical history and diagnostic tests. Let us know the causes for this funny but serious condition of tingling feeling in scalp.

What Causes Tickling Sensation On The Scalp?

We would like to consider most frequent and common causes first.

Allergic reaction over the scalp ranks first in the list. Shampoos and hair dye are the main reasons of scalp allergy. It may start with tingling in scalp and itching, which may further progress to tiny red bumps on the scalp.

Emotional disturbance leading to anxiety and depression may give rise to such tickling sensation in scalp. Thyroid problems such as hyperthyroidism may be a cause for scalp tingling. People who are taking hormone replacement therapy often complain of such tingling sensation in scalp. Especially the sensation is observed in women who are on HRT.

Other common causes which give rise to tickling sensation include head lice, dandruff, strained neck muscle, headache, migraine, ear diseases and tinnitus, sinusitis and effects of hormonal changes during menopause.

Diabetes is considered to be a leading cause for such tingling sensation. It can be in any part of the body, and scalp is one such area.

Living unhealthy lifestyle, eating unhealthy food can be a reason for nutritional deficiency. Deficiency of certain vitamins, especially B vitamins may affect the nervous system leading to paresthesia in scalp.

Improper hair care, hair fall, psoriasis of scalp, dryness in scalp region etc are other common and frequent causes for tingling sensation.

Few uncommon, but relatively serious causes include multiple sclerosis, peripheral artery disease, peripheral nerve compression due to trauma, accident etc. They need to be treated as soon as possible.

Home Remedies For Tingling Feeling On Scalp

Tingling feeling in scalp is a symptom of some underlying condition. It may be simple and common or more serious and rare. Finding the cause is first priority. For this it is necessary to consult your doctor. After detailed history and examination, he may advise you to do diagnostic tests which may be useful in diagnosis of the underlying disease. Once the cause behind scalp tingling sensation is known, treatment becomes easy.

Besides taking proper medications as prescribed by the doctor, certain home remedies are also valuable to alleviate tingling in scalp.

  • Eating healthy and nutritious food helps to keep balance of all essential nutrients in the body. Vitamins are vital; especially B vitamins are proved useful in curtailing tingling sensation. Eat green leafy vegetables, fruits, whole wheat and brown rice, sprouts etc. They are rich source of these vitamins.
  • Avoid eating too much of sugar, coffee, spicy and tinned food.
  • Soybean is found effective in treating such types of tingling and pins and needle sensation. Drink a cup of soy milk daily. You can add a teaspoon of honey for the taste.
  • Raw carrot juice and beetroot juice when taken daily helps to alleviate the annoying tingling feeling in scalp.
  • If the cause is anxiety and worry, yoga and meditation are helpful to reduce the sensation.


  1. Lee Formby said:

    I have tingling sensation in my scalp; have just had knee replacement where I had a spinal block, also a really sore neck after the operation. I want to scratch my head constantly and there is burning sensation. Would like to know is this temporary or long term.

    March 12, 2013
    • PUP said:

      The tingling sensation may not have anything to do with your operation. It may be a separate entity itself. If it is a dandruff problem, then shampoo your hair regularly. Eat balanced diet as it will provide necessary vitamins and minerals required to alleviate neuritis. Take good care of your hair. Most of the time this problem disappears quickly.

      March 12, 2013

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