Dandruff is a common skin condition that affects the scalp. It is characterized by dry and white flakes on the scalp. It is not contagious but may cause embarrassment at times. At times, it may get difficult to treat dandruff as well.
- Fungal infection
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Oily skin
- Hot, humid, cold or dry weather
- Skin disorders such as acne or psoriasis
- Family history of dandruff
- Parkinson’s disease
- Immune disorders
- The most common symptom includes flaky and white scales on the skin surface
- Dandruff may be accompanied with painless itching
- Reddish and scaly plaques may appear in the eyebrows, forehead and ear canal
- In most cases, dandruff is seasonal and temporary. It may easily get better with time and natural treatment
- In case dandruff worsens, it may cause bacterial infections in the affected and surrounding areas
- It may also lead to greasy white or yellow scales accompanied by red patches on the skin
- Your doctor may ask you to get a skin exam done to decipher the presence of any complications.
- For minor dandruff, you may choose to use over the counter anti-dandruff shampoos
- For teens and adults, over the counter steroidal lotions such as cortisone creams and anti-fungal creams may be suggested
- Shampoo once every day
- Moisturizing the scalp does not help to get rid of dandruff
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