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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

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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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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Is dandruff hereditary?

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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How to control dandruff?

How to control 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 fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more

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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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I have dandruff..Pls help?

I have dandruff..Pls help?

Many options: Otc dandruff shampoos containing zinc pyrithione, selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, ketoconazole can all help. If they don't help then you will need to see a doctor to get prescription strength shampoos that contain stronger steroids, anti-keratolytics (ie: urea), and higher strength salicylic acid and anti-fungals. ...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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How can i cure my dandruff?

How can i cure my dandruff?

See a dermatologist: Meanwhile use an anti dandruff shampoo in a daily shower. There are many. Try a few. ...Read more

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Why do people get dandruff?

Complex: It's the interaction between several hormones, one's own skin biology, and the pityrosporum yeast. It has nothing to do with poor personal hygiene. Fortunately, it is usually easy to manage. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is dandruff hereditary? How?

Is dandruff hereditary? How?

Yes: It is associated with seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis both inherited as polygenic disorders. ...Read more

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Why has my son got dandruff?

Why has my son got dandruff?

Options: Genetics, hormones, excess oils on skin (including scalp), infrequent washing / too frequent washing, skin condition from "products" used in hair--for a start. If washing hair at least every other day, can try an anti-dandruff shampoo for now--if effective, may spontaneously resolve over time. If not, may benefit from seeing dermatologist to identify source. ...Read more

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How would you treat dandruff?

How would you treat dandruff?

Dandruff: Dandruff is a common scalp condition in which small pieces of dry skin flake off of the scalp. If you have dark hair or you’re wearing dark colors, you may notice the flakes in your hair or on your shoulders. Dandruff may also make your scalp itch. https://www.aad.org/public/skin-hair-nails/hair-care/how-to-treat-dandruff ...Read more

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How do I treat child dandruff?

How do I treat child dandruff?

Dandruff: Neutrogena shampoo is quite effective, over the counter. Excesive water (bath, showers) can dry scalp and skin causing itchiness and irritation. Use tepid water, is better than hot water. ...Read more

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What can I do about dandruff?

What can I  do about dandruff?

Several ways: Scalp would use dandruff shampoos, rotating with nizeral/headnshoulders/tgel/tsal. Leave on 10-15 min before entering shower. Once controlled usa as reg shampoo. Should that not work see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have dandruff please help me?

I have dandruff please help me?

Dandruff shampoo: You can start out with with dandruff shampoos such as head& shoulder, selsun blue, and /or Nizoral (ketoconazole) shamppo etc...Avoid excessive hot showers/baths, and use a bit of hair-conditioner may help. If these don't help, consult doc for an eval as other diseases which may cause "dandruff" appearing on scalp--such as psoriasis and fungal infections etc...Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can I treat severe dandruff?

How can I treat severe dandruff?

Prescription : prescription shampoo or oral medication may help. See your doctor for a prescription. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat dandruff?

Dandruff Therapy: Ketoconazole shampoos (such as nizoral). Ketoconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent that may work when other shampoos fail. It's available over-the-counter as well as by prescription. ...Read more

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Non stop dandruff, what can I do?

Non stop dandruff, what can I do?

Vary The Shampoos: Shampoo your hair daily allowing the shampoo to remain on the scalp for 60 seconds prior to rinsing. Alternate the shampoo types (tar, selenium sulfide, head and shoulders). ...Read more

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What should I do to my dandruff...

What should I do to my 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 fungal infections if unusual or worrisome scalp symptoms. ...Read more