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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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Dandruff (Tip)

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

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Treating Dandruff (Checklist)

Do not shampoo frequently, as it will dry out your scalp
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Alternate shampoos; use zinc for three days and tar for three days, and so on
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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

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Dandruff (Tip)

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

Dr. Ryan Phasouk Dr. Phasouk
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Dandruff (Tip)

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

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Severe heartburn, nausea, vomitting, dizziness, sore&itchy nipples, dandruff. Am on bc but am terrified these might be signs of pregnancy. Are they/worth taking a test for?

Severe heartburn, nausea, vomitting, dizziness, sore&itchy nipples, dandruff. Am on bc but am terrified these might be signs of pregnancy. Are they/worth taking a test for?

Definitely: The above symptoms may not be pregnancy related but you do need a pregnancy test to help guide you for the appropriate medical care. If + upt, schedule a visit soon with your OB provider. If "-", it's ok to wait & see if you improve versus seeing your regular doc. Cost wise, it's worth it & most OB offices still offer free pregnancy tests. Take care. ...Read more

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Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?

Generalized pruritus: Pruritus, or itch, is defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Certain systemic diseases have long been known to cause pruritus that ranges in intensity from a mild annoyance to an intractable, disabling condition. Generalized pruritus:renal pruritus, cholestatic pruritus, hematologic pruritus, endocrine pruritus, pruritus related to malignancy, and idiopathic. ...Read more

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Dandruff (Tip)

Don't use head and shoulder's every day, it may dry your scalp even more. ...See more

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Please let me know how can I avoid dandruff?

Please let me know how can I avoid dandruff?

Please see below: There will be many ways but one of them is to use selenium shampoo ...Read more

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What causes dandruff? How can I treat it?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Glynis Ablon Dr. Ablon
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Dandruff (Tip)

Try OTC T-sal or T-gel shampoo. Avoid hot showers. Add a topical retinoid to remove flakes. ...See more

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Dandruff that is not treatable by any medication can be treated permanantly?

Dandruff that is not treatable by any medication can be treated permanantly?

No permanent cure: Dandruff is a chronic disorder of the skin that can be controlled or stabilized but there is not a cure. It tends to keep recurring especially when the scalp is dry or if irritated or stressed. ...Read more

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I have dandruff from my childhood I get treats lots time but it came back. I just fustred now after so many years this problem not solve. Need help?

I have dandruff from my childhood I get treats lots time but it came back. I just fustred now after so many years this problem not solve. Need help?

Farewell to dandruff: Dandruff comes and goes. Hopefully there are some things you can do to keep it away for a longer time. You can use tea tree oil shampoo or over the counter ketoconazole shampoo. If this doesn't work, you can use stronger prescription ketoconazole shampoo 3 times a week as well as steroid lotion. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Keshab Paudel Dr. Paudel
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Dandruff (Tip)

Don't change shampoo or soap. ...See more

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Can hypopigmentation (vitiligo) on my forehead be treated with dandruff shampoo?

Can hypopigmentation (vitiligo) on my forehead be treated with dandruff shampoo?

Hairline: If it from vitiligo, it will not help. If it is flaky and whitish it may be seborrhea and then it may help. ...Read more

Dr. Evan Altman Dr. Altman
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Dandruff (Tip)

Key is to control symptoms with regular medicated shampoo treatments. ...See more

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What is a treatment for bad dandruff please help!?

What is a treatment for bad dandruff please help!?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection.
Buy over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

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Can you explain the different dandruff treatments?

Can you explain the different dandruff treatments?

Shampoo: For uncomplicated dandruff, shampoos containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, tar, or zinc pyrithione are effective in reducing the biofilm that form the scales. ...Read more

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Dandruff (Tip)

What shampoos do they recommend for dandruff? Could it be part of a larger condition? ...See more

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How can I get rid of dandruff?

How can I get rid of dandruff?

Try Some Shampoos: Otc shampoos such as selsun blue or head and shoulders can help. Others are neutragena t gel and nizoral (ketoconazole).
Try one of these to start and see what works. ...Read more

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My scalp is very itchy. I have used every dandruff shampoo at the drug store and it makes it worse. I do have very mild psoriasis on my knee and foot. Could they be related?

Also consider...: Lice! In my area it is an epidemic among grade school aged children. If you're around any children, it might be worth combing through your hair with a lice comb to see if any of the little buggers are there. If so treat for lice and you're cured!
and....Lice prefer clean hair to dirty hair so this suggestion is no judgment on you! ...Read more

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Are there any tablet or syrup type medicines available for dandruff. Because much of shampoos are not woking...Can u help me?

Are there any tablet or syrup type medicines available for dandruff. Because much of shampoos are not woking...Can u help me?

Not necessarily: Have you been evaluated by a dermatologist? This would determine if your condition is treatable with oral medications. If it is simply, "dandruff" -- and normal shampoos are not improving. I would suggest the 3 stage dandruff treatments. ...Read more

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Hi I have dry scabs on my scalp, what could this be and best way to treat it. I know it's not dandruff. It gets itchy and I pick them which then bleed?

Reaction: Did you apply anything on your hair? Such as chemical products or hair dye? You may be reacting to them. Also if you have eczema, it can affect your scalp. Talk to you doctor or seek the opinion of a dermatologist. ...Read more

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