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Dandruff (Overview)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers.


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How does stress affect dandruff?

How does stress affect dandruff?

Hormone fluctuations: Some people believe their dandruff varies with their stress levels. In those people, they are probably getting hormonal fluctuations when they experience different levels of stress, and the changes in hormone levels may affect skin conditions like dandruff and acne. ...Read more

Dandruff (Overview)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers.


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Help please! is excessive dandruff a symptom of cancer?

Help please! is excessive dandruff a symptom of cancer?

No..: It could be a sign of allergy, malnutrition, or anxiety, but not cancer. If it's not responding to shampoos, see a dermatologist, who should be able to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating Dandruff (Tip)

Treating Dandruff

Use anti dandruff shampoo at least a month until it gets better. ...See more

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Treating Dandruff (Checklist)

Do not shampoo too frequently -- it will dry out your scalp
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Alternate shampoos: Zinc one day, tar three days later
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Don't scratch your scalp
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What does dandruff mean ?

What does dandruff mean ?

DANDRUFF: Nothing stops dandruff like a blue serge suit! dandruff is a flaky, scaling, often itchy condition of the scalp. What to do, besides seeing a dermatologist? Shampoo daily (if you can) with either a tar shampoo (t-gel or tarsum, for example), or with Nizoral (ketoconazole) or selsun shampoo. These are over-the-counter. If it doesn't improve, see a dermatologist. Best luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible that dandruff is a sign of a nutrient deficiency, or perhaps, a dairy allergy?

Is it possible that dandruff is a sign of a nutrient deficiency, or perhaps, a dairy allergy?

Dandruff: Some experts say that people who do not consume enough foods that contain zinc, b vitamins, and some types of fats are more prone to dandruff. Dandruff has been shown to be the result of three required factors: skin oil commonly referred to as sebum or sebaceous secretions, the metabolic by-products of skin micro-organisms (most specifically malassezia yeasts, individual susceptibility. ...Read more

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Treating Dandruff (Tip)

Treating Dandruff

Dandruff can be found in scalp, around eyebrows, nose, and chest. ...See more

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Lost my eyebrow hair , the only diagnoses I've had is dermatitis& I've been treating it with dandruff shampoo&latisse for 9 weeks now no results?

Lost my eyebrow hair , the only diagnoses I've had is dermatitis& I've been treating it with dandruff shampoo&latisse for 9 weeks now no results?

First question is to: rule out thyroid disease or Alopecia Areata. If these are the causes then treatment of these conditions will likely lead to hair regrowth. Latisse (bimatoprost) is fine but need to find out possible cause. ...Read more

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There are 6-7 black lesions/ nodules on my scalp for 5 years. My father had them too (benign). I have dandruff and oily skin. Any diagnostic tests?

Likely biopsy,,,: Your best diagnostic test here would likely be biopsy of these lesions by a dermatologist. These would then be sent to a lab for analysis, and the report would go back to the doctor to discuss with you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Treating Dandruff (Tip)

Treating Dandruff

Dandruff problems can impact a person's life through psychosocial manners. ...See more