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can you get dandruff from another person?

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Dr. Jennifer Haley
Dermatology 23 years experience
No: Assuming the diagnosis is correct, it is a common condition that is not contagious. Cuddle up!
Dr. Barry Cohen
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
No: :-).

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there an easy and fast way to take care of dandruff?

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Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue
Dermatology 25 years experience
Zinc or selenium : Some of the best remedies for dandruff are shampoos containing zinc or selenium like head and shoulders or selsun blue. Tougher cases require prescription shampoos or steroid lotions.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What causes dandruff? How can I treat it?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
Dermatology 23 years experience
Yeast: Dandruff is seborrhiec dermatitis in the scalp. This is due to an overgrowth of yeast named pityrosporum ovale. Some make sebum (oils) especially preferential for them to grow. If your immune system reacts to it, your skin becomes inflamed red and flaky, thus the dandruff. Start by using head and shoulder, nizoral, (ketoconazole) neutrogena tgel or tsal shampoo, lather and leave in for 5-10min before rinsing.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I treat dandruff?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
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.
A 19-year-old member asked:

What is dandruff caused by?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What does dandruff mean ?

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Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwell answered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
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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