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Doctor insights on: How To Treat Dandruff In Chemically Treated Hair

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Dandruff (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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My friend has these little white bugs that crawl around in her hair. It's not lice or dandruff. It's bigger than lice and it's alive. What could it be and can it be treated?

My friend has these little white bugs that crawl around in her hair. It's not lice or dandruff. It's bigger than lice and it's alive. What could it be and can it be treated?

Lice: Your description is a bit creepy. If you want to try a first step go buy some NIX (permethrin) germicidal shampoo and apply it to the scalp for a couple of hours. Rinse it out well. Examine the hair shafts for nits (white cacoons) and cimb or pick them off. Wash all the bedding and buy new combs etc. It maybe better to go right to the doctor with examples in hand to get a more aggressive approach. ...Read more

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Will salicylic acid used for dandruff treatment, damage color treated hair?

Will salicylic acid used for dandruff treatment, damage color treated hair?

Yes: Any acid treatment to the hair will strip off the color. Look for a very specific dandruff treatment shampoo that is made for colored hair. It will be expensive, but if you have gone to the time and expense to color your hair, you must pay for the products that will maintain your color. This is along the same lines of not swimming in a chlorinated pool with colored hair... ...Read more

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We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. in very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more

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I have flaky like dandruff on my scalp, it's quite severe. Which is preventing the growth of my hair. How can I treat it?

I have flaky like dandruff on my scalp, it's quite severe. Which is preventing the growth of my hair. How can I treat it?

Dandruff: Not all dandruff shampoos are alike. Some have different active ingredients, such as:
coal tar preparations (denorex therapeutic protection, neutrogena t/gel, scytera) pyrithione zinc (selsun blue for itchy dry scalp, neutrogena t/gel daily control dandruff shampoo, head & shoulders) salicylic acid and sulfur (sebex, sebulex) salicylic acid (neutrogena t/sal)
selenium sulfide, ketoconazole. ...Read more

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I'm facing hair fall for couple of months. I already have seen a doctor. She has told me to treat my dandruff. But I'm still facing hair fall.

I'm facing hair fall for couple of months. I already have seen a doctor. She has told me to treat my dandruff. But I'm still facing hair fall.

Many possibilities: If your dandruff is still active that can be one reason. Other reasons include so I read problems, weight loss stress approximately 3 months before the hair loss began, and genetics. Have you seen a dermatologist who specializes in hair. You clearly need a diagnosis and see if there are any treatments available. Blood test need to be done including the thyroid, CBC ferritin. ...Read more

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Apple cider vinegar — does it have an effect on hair quality when used to treat dandruff?

Smelly : The vinegar treatment is safe and is a bit anti-bacterial and may help dandruff but has no direct effect on the hair itself. ...Read more

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After stress and a flu my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

After stress and a flu my skin became very dry, my scalp is dry, less hair. But no rush or dandruff. Is it Dry Seborrhoeic Dermatitis? How to treat?

Stress / cortisone: Whenever the body is stressed (whether it's a physical stress like the flu, or it's a psychological stress) cortisol is released. Stress hormones like cortisol can affect the body's hair cycles (in the most noticeable form this is called telogen effluvium).

Unless you can cure stress, there's nothing you can do to prevent it or treat it! Nothing to worry about though. ...Read 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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How to stop dandruff in hair?

How to stop dandruff in hair?

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. ...Read more

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I have dandruff lot of dandruff in my hair?

I have dandruff lot of dandruff in my hair?

Many options: Dandruff is driven by infestation by a little yeast, and there are a hosts of easy treatments though no cure. You have to manage it and this is easy. Over-the-counter dandruff shampoos once or twice a day usually manage it. Sulfur and coal tar are old-fashioned, and ask about selenium compounds. For tough cases, your physician may offer ketoconazole shampoo. ...Read more

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Will dandruff have an impact on hair health?

Will dandruff have an impact on hair health?

Hairloss and Dandruf: If dandruff is bad and chronic enough, it can lead to thinning and shedding of the hair. It can also cause secondary bacterial infections which results in itchy acne-type bumps in the scalp. See a dermatologist for help if this is a problem for you. ...Read more

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Will I get less dandruff if I shave all my hair?

Not necessarily: Seborrheic dermatitis is a skin condition and not a hair condition therefore shaving the hair may not affect the condition at all. Treatment is directed to the skin of the scalp and not the hair. ...Read more