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What does dandruff mean ?

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Dermatology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Jerome Litt
Dr. Jerome Litt
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Garrett Caldwell
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dandruff

Dandruff is the flaking off of dead skin cells from your scalp.
Usually this is due to the skin being dry. This could simply be caused by the weather. As the skin dries, it flakes off. An easy otc remedy to try is to use head and shoulders shampoo.

In brief: Dandruff

Dandruff is the flaking off of dead skin cells from your scalp.
Usually this is due to the skin being dry. This could simply be caused by the weather. As the skin dries, it flakes off. An easy otc remedy to try is to use head and shoulders shampoo.
Garrett Caldwell
Garrett Caldwell
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Christopher Breen
General Practice
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dandruff

By definition, dandruff is dry skin on the scalp that can flake off.
However, another common cause of flakes in the hair is excess shampoo or conditioner that is not completely washed out. There are several over the counter shampoos that can help with dandruff but if that doesn't work, your dermatologist may be able to help.

In brief: Dandruff

By definition, dandruff is dry skin on the scalp that can flake off.
However, another common cause of flakes in the hair is excess shampoo or conditioner that is not completely washed out. There are several over the counter shampoos that can help with dandruff but if that doesn't work, your dermatologist may be able to help.
Christopher Breen
Christopher Breen
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