Ten facts about scalp itch caused by helmets
Here are ten little known facts about itchy scalp caused by helmets, hats and other types of headgear. They're all true but some are incredible - we'll start you off with some of the most believable: -
1) Almost 7 out of every 10 frequent helmet wearers suffer from occasional scalp itch at some point in time. The rest really can't see what all the fuss is about.
2) Helmet related scalp itch is almost always caused by one of three things (read more). Bacterial build up inside a helmet lining is the number one cause of itchiness.
3) A 'bout' of scalp itchiness can begin at any time, even with a helmet that's been comfortable in the past. It can also start immediately with a new helmet.
4) A reaction to your helmet lining is the least likely cause of itchy scalp relating to helmet use.
5) The lining of your helmet may be 'home' to almost as many germs as can be found on a public toilet seat.
6) Sharing helmets increases the likelihood of suffering mild to moderate infection of the scalp's delicate skin.
7) When a frequent helmet wearer scratches their scalp, it is more likely to lead to infection. Sharp fingernails cause microscopic lesions in the scalp's delicate surface. Bacteria inside the helmet is pressed tightly against the lesions when the helmet is next worn. The bacteria move in to the lesions and cause infection. Itching worsens.
8) Itch is not a girlie thing. Men are just as likely as women to suffer from an itchy scalp caused by wearing a helmet, hat or other headgear. Riders and pillions are equally affected - pillions tend to notice it more however.
9) Hair length may contribute to irritation - those with long hair tend to experience moderate to severe itch more frequently than those with short 'locks'.
10) Our reseach revealed that people will stop at nothing to try to create a physical barrier between their itchy scalp and the helmet lining. Some of the things people tried were Kotex sanitary towels, bandanas, sliks and dirty underwear (we assume they'd been travelling and were on their way back home!)
Do you have an interesting story about what you have used to try to stop an itchy head whilst riding? Please tell us about it below or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.