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i have dandruff. what do i do about it?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Dandruff: Otc tgel or tsal or Nizoral (ketoconazole) or head and shoulders or selsun blue shampoo are effective for treating seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff. One prescription shampoo is loprox.
Dr. Robert Berger
Dermatology 41 years experience
Several ways: Scalp would use dandruff shampoos, rotating with nizeral/headnshoulders/tgel/tsal. Leave on 10-15 min before entering shower. Once controlled usa as reg shampoo. Should that not work see a dermatologist.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Controlling dandruff: Dandruff (seborrhea) is common. Shampoos with zinc, salicylic acid, selenium, or coal tar are sold in many stores. Nizoral shampoo (contains anti-fungal) is also available. Doctors may also recommend cortisone or kenalog (triamcinolone) sprays. Prevent dryness (don't wash hair too often). A primary doctor or dermatologist can look for psoriasis, eczema, or fungi if unusual or worrisome symptoms.

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Nizoral, (ketoconazole) t sal tgel: For mild cases teal tgel or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo can work. For more resistant cases prescriptions such as clobex, taclonex, or dermasmoothe fs. Forvsever cases cortisone shots into sever areas or even short course of antifungal pills can be useful. This will recur but can be controlled.
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What is dandruff caused by?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Depends: Dandruff is flaking of the scalp. It can be simple shedding of skin. Can be due to sun burn. Can be due to infection, inflammation or other acute causes. Mostly, however, it is due to seborrheic dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the skin often due to a low grade fungal infection or a reaction to oils in the scalp. Best treated with tar shampoos or antifungal shampoos. Maybe topicals.
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What does dandruff mean ?

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Dandruff: Dandruff is the flaking off of dead skin cells from your scalp. Usually this is due to the skin being dry. This could simply be caused by the weather. As the skin dries, it flakes off. An easy otc remedy to try is to use head and shoulders shampoo.
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Is dandruff hereditary? How?

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Yes: It is associated with seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis both inherited as polygenic disorders.
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Complicated: It is a combination of skin chemistry and physiology and one's relationship with a ubiquitous fungus.

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