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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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Is dandruff contagious?

Is dandruff contagious?

No: Dandruff is caused by flaking of (usually dry) scalp. It is not a contagious condition. ...Read more

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Is scabies an infectious disease?

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Is scabies an infectious disease?

Yes, by transmission: Transmission of scabies is usually by direct contact. Parents to children, mom to infants is routine. Young adult usually by sexual contact. ...Read more

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Is ringworm a contagious disease?

Is ringworm a contagious disease?

Yes, somewhat: Ringworm is a fungal skin infection, often shaped like a circle on the skin. The fungus is contagious and can be passed from person to person, person to objects, and objects to persons. However, it is not known how much contact it takes to develop the rash. Many times, only one person in the family has the rash. A person usually has the rash on one part of the body, but not the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Is tenia a contagious disease?

Is tenia a contagious disease?

Tinea...: ...Is fungus. When you have tinea, you very likely caught it from someone else; so yes, it's contagious. ...Read more

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Is seborrheic dermatitis curable by Ayurveda ?

Is seborrheic dermatitis curable by Ayurveda ?

No: You can only manage it, and anyone telling you otherwise is deceiving themselves and/or you. It's prone to exacerbations and remissions. If you prefer "natural", a variety of remedies from coal tar to sulfur often work quite nicely. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is parasite infection infectious, is it spreadable?

Is parasite infection infectious, is it spreadable?

Yes: Some parasitic infections can be passed from person to person. The most common way this occurs is when food that has been prepared by someone with an infection is eaten. ...Read more

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Is scabies a contagious disease?

Is scabies a contagious disease?

Yes!: A very contagious problem. It is passed by close contact with the infected individual. Wash bed sheets and clothing with hot water and detergent. See your doctor for further treatment. ...Read more

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Why is coccidioidomycosis a fungal disease?

Why is coccidioidomycosis  a fungal disease?

It is a fungus: Coccidioides immitis is the actual name of the fungus that causes the disease coccidioidomycosis. It is a fungal infection because it is caused by a fungus. This is just the same as why a bacterial infection or viral infection is called such. ...Read more

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Is dyshidrotic eczema an autoimmune disorder? How is it treated?

Is dyshidrotic eczema an autoimmune disorder? How is it treated?

Cause unknown: Cause likely multifactorial. Characterized by sudden eruption of itchy vesicles on palms, soles, lateral aspects of the fingers. Vesicles persist for weeks, dry out, then resolve with skin peeling. Episodes may recur every 3-4 weeks for months/years. Daily moisturzation, avoid irritants/allergens, or exacerbating factors. Reduce stress. If unresponsive, high potency topical steroids are effective. ...Read more

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Is lupus infectious or contagious? 

Is lupus infectious or contagious? 

Neither: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in other words your immune cells are causing inflammation in your your tissues and organs. It is not contagious but does occur in families related to genes but you do not catch it from another individual like you would a cold or influenza. ...Read more

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What is dandruff caused by?

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. ...Read more

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What is non infectious mononucleosis?

What is non infectious mononucleosis?

I do not know: Infectious mono is a serious viral mediated illness which is well known. Other viral, illnesses, and bacterial illnesses can cause similar symptoms of sore throat, nodes, malaise etc. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter shampoo for a scalp infection?

Is there an over-the-counter shampoo for a scalp infection?

Depends: It depends on the type of infection. See your doctor for proper examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is sinusitis an infectious disease?

Is sinusitis an infectious disease?

Sometimes: Not always. Sinusitis just means inflammation of the sinus cavities. The symptoms can be nasal congestion, pressure or headaches over the sinuses, tooth pain, nasal discharge (clear or purulent), postnasal drip, sore throat, fevers, fatigue or bad breath. It can be caused by anything that inflames the sinuses, like viruses, bacteria, allergies, smoke, fumes, etc., thus we treat the cause. ...Read more

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Is dandruff hereditary?

Dandruff: Yes, definite inherited tendency but environment plays a big role. Stress, weather, internal disease, hygiene. ...Read more

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Is dandruff contagious?

No: Dandruff is caused by flaking of (usually dry) scalp. It is not a contagious condition. ...Read more

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If dandruff is caused by yeast, would that make it contagious?

If dandruff is caused by yeast, would that make it contagious?

Dandruff: Not contagious and not regular yeast. It takes a genetic susceptibility and a special environment for one to get dandruff. ...Read more

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I have dandruff?

I have dandruff?

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 fungi if unusual or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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What causes dandruff?

What causes dandruff?

Complicated: It is a combination of skin chemistry and physiology and one's relationship with a ubiquitous fungus. ...Read more

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What causes dandruff?

Tissue turnover: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dandruff/symptoms-causes/syc-20353850
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Dandruff a curable disease?

Dandruff a curable disease?

Unfortunately not.: You only can get it 'under control'. ...Read more

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Does a fungus cause dandruff?

Does a fungus cause dandruff?

Maybe!: Several fungal species have been linked to dandruff in a number of scientific studies. Of note is the fact that zn, tar, selenium, and Nizoral (ketoconazole) (an anti-fungal drug), all have anti-fungal properties. Re ipso loquitor! the results speak for themselves! ...Read more

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How to overcome from dandruff?

Dandruff: Anti dandruff shampoos such as t sal are helpful. A dermatologist can prescribe topical medications and shampoos if the otc shampoos do not work. Olive oil also helps with severe dandruff. ...Read more

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Is dandruff same as psoriasis?

No: These are 2 different issues. Psoriasis can given similar flaking that can be mistaken for dandruff. ...Read more

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How to avoid dandruff probllem?

Sometimes you cant: But wash your hair with tea tree oil shampoos. Have a healthy diet- no sodas, processed foods. Stop dairy. Eat more fresh fruits and veggies. See if that helps some. Head and shoulders and selsun blue shampoos can also be useful...I refer less chemical products. ...Read more

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How to treat dandruff naturally?

Good question: Dandruff is called by malessi furfur, a yeast. This can be treated with antidandruff shampoos and antiyeast medications. ...Read more

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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

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How to cure and prevent a dandruff?

How to cure and prevent a dandruff?

There is no cure: but many prescription topicals work well, but you need to see a dermatologist for diagnosis and presriptions ...Read more

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I have lots of dandruff in my hairs?

The only good remedy: The only good remedy is a good dandruff shampoo used regularly and at least 2x daily. ...Read more

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Is hairloss associated with dandruff?

Maybe: Some hair loss has been associated with seborrheic dermatitis (its mild form is dandruff). So usually we recommend controlling dandruff as the first step to control/stop hair loss. ...Read more

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How do oils worsen dandruff condition?

Shouldn't be: The proper oils should help dandruff in terms of loosening scale. ...Read more

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Is there any proven cure for dandruff?

Is there any proven cure for dandruff?

Control it, no cure: Dandruff, also known as seborrheic dermatitis, is typically a chronic problem that is controlled rather than cured. Over the counter dandruff shampoos can help decrease flares. Your physician can also prescribe topical medications that will likely help. ...Read more

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Is dandruff the same thing as psoriasis?

No: While both conditions can present with pink-red flaky skin, they are quite different diseases. Dandruff is a common benign skin condition thought to be caused by oil over-production and irritation from yeast. Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition that can run in families, and can affect more than just the skin (e.g. Joints/arthritis). ...Read more

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Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more