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A 26-year-old male asked:

from the last 3 months i have severe dandruff problem or dry scalp ,which i am not sure of. i have flakes on my scalp.

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Dandruff: This is very likely dandruff. We call this seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Sometimes this is associated with a rash around the eyebrows / sides of the nose or chin. Best treated with selenium sulfide or zinc pyrithione shampoos. Please ask your pharmacist for one of these and use as directed - see someone if not improving after a month or two.

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