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Dandruff - Causes And Symptoms Of It!

MD - Medicine, MBBS
General Physician, Chandigarh
Dandruff - Causes And Symptoms Of It!

Dandruff is one of the most common chronic hair conditions. It is characterized by a white, flaky substance on the scalp. Dandruff is not a serious condition and neither is it contagious. However, people still want it gone so that their hair looks better. Here are the symptoms as well as the causes of dandruff.

Causes:

  1. Skin drying upDry skin is the most common cause of dandruff. The flakes from dry skin are usually less oily and smaller than with other forms of dandruff.
  2. Seborrhoeic dermatitis: Dandruff can also be caused by oily irritated skin. In this type of dandruff, red, greasy skin has flaky white or yellow scales covering it.
  3. Infrequent shampooing: This is also a very common cause of dandruff. This is because oil and skin cells accumulate, thus resulting in dandruff.
  4. Malassezia: Malassezia is a yeast like fungus. It is usually harmless and stays on the scalp of most adults. However, it is worth noting that sometimes the yeast may irritate the scalp and cause extra skin cells to grow. The skin cells then fall off and become flaky. 
  5. Contact dermatitis: Contact dermatitis is a sensitivity to health care products and when you use too much shampoo, hair styling products or other chemicals, such as paraphenylenediamine, the red, itchy, scaly scalp associated with dandruff is caused.
  6. Other skin conditions: There are many other skin conditions, which cause dandruff as well. These include eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is a chronic skin disease, which causes the skin to become inflamed. Psoriasis is another skin condition. It is characterized by thick scales forming resulting from rough, dry, dead skin cells which build up rapidly. 

These are just the causes of dandruff. Now you will see how to identify when you have dandruff by learning about the symptoms of dandruff.

Symptoms:

  1. The symptoms of dandruff are pretty easy to spot. All that happens is that you will see white, flaky, dead skin cells in your hair.
  2. It is sometimes accompanied by an itchy, scaly scalp. 
  3. There is also a type of dandruff called cradle cap, which occurs in newborns. Just like dandruff, it is not dangerous and goes away when the baby is 3 years old.
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Hi doctor my son is 5 months old his skin is v delicate n now he has scalp full of dandruff nd also some blood spots on it nd also itching in scalp what is the reason behind it what shampoo will cure this problem.

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 89% (3480 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Hi doctor my son is 5 months old his skin is v delicate n now he has scalp full of dandruff nd also some blood spots ...
Mix two tablespoons apple cider vinegar with one cup water, and use to douse your hair after washing. Rinse thoroughly, and follow with a light conditioner. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will remove residue from product buildup and help you get shiny, lustrous locks. Mix a tablespoon of organic honey and onion juice in a jigger of vodka and apply on your scalp. Leave it on your hair overnight and wash off in the morning. Vodka cleanses the scalp, removes toxins from hair and stimulates the growth of healthy tresses. Ask me in private so dat we can discuss in better manner and also you wil improve also we can change d medicine.
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I have dandruff issue and facing hair fall by using any medicine can I regrowth hair.

Dr. Dharamvir Singh 96% (1258 ratings)
MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Delhi
I have dandruff issue and facing hair fall by using any medicine can I regrowth hair.
Yes u can regrow hair but first u need to stop the dandruff and simultaneously start medicines for hair regrowth
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Sir my son and daughter are having dandruff. He is studying 10 and 8 class daughter. What precautions should I take to cure it. In homeopathy and ayurveda. Is there any medicines. Could you please tell me sir.

Dr. Shriganesh Diliprao Deshmukh 89% (3480 ratings)
International Academy of Classical Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Pune
Sir my son and daughter are having dandruff. He is studying 10 and 8 class daughter. What precautions should I take t...
1.Include foods in your diet, which are replete in vitamins like vitamin b complex, vitamin a and vitamin c. Also incorporate proteins; eating the right foods can help you get the hair you always wanted. 2.Indulging yourself in regular exercises is also crucial in order to maintain good and healthy hair. 3.Using vitamin e capsules and hair revitalizers occasionally can enhance your hair growth. 4.Avoid using hair dryers as they may damage your hair if used from a close proximity. Phos 3c 4tims day for 10 days arnica 200 once in wk ask me in private so dat we can discuss in better manner and also you wil improve also we can change d medicine.
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I have a hair fall problem and also have dandruff in my scalp. From past couple of days the itching on the scalp has gone worse, I have used almost every type of anti dandruff shampoo to get rid of dandruff, but it is not going and the hair fall also remains the problem.

Dr. Pulak Mukherjee 91% (6997 ratings)
BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
I have a hair fall problem and also have dandruff in my scalp. From past couple of days the itching on the scalp has ...
Change your shampoo into a baby shampoo, apply alovera gel extract apply, apply hot oil massage with olive oil and coconut oil, apply castor oil, apply vit e, apply fenugreek paste, with this you need proper homoeopathic treatment to cure your problem permanently, So you can contact me through Lybrate in private consultation.
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I have dandruff problems. And in winter it becomes more dangerous. Plzz suggest me to get rid off this problem!

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (18079 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I have dandruff problems. And in winter it becomes more dangerous. Plzz suggest me to get rid off this problem!
Dandruff is not just dust. It is a kind of skin exfoliation due to skin disease. You should take proper homoeopathic treatment to cure it. Simple shampoo and oil will never cure it.
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I am getting pimples frequently in cheeks which leaves scars and black spots. I am having dandruff too. I have consulted dermatologist and was using the medication. But the pimples started to reappear once I stopped the medicines. What’s the solution for dandruff and pimples?

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (18079 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I am getting pimples frequently in cheeks which leaves scars and black spots. I am having dandruff too. I have consul...
Hello Abinaya.. Taking allopathic treatment will not give a permanent solution. Take homoeopathic treatment.. You can consult me at lybrate...
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I am loosing a lot of hair due to dandruff and I use lemon before taking bath but I am not able to control my hair fall due to dandruff please give home remedies for its control and give any dietary restriction if needed.

Dr. Jayvirsinh Chauhan 97% (18079 ratings)
MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I am loosing a lot of hair due to dandruff and I use lemon before taking bath but I am not able to control my hair fa...
Hello Jaynath... I may have answered you earlier for the same question... Still I am telling you that shampoos or home remedies will not help. Dandruff is a kind of skin disease and requires proper homoeopathic treatment. You can consult me at lybrate.
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I have a bad dandruff and losing a lot of hair. Pls suggest what should I do to get rid of this dandruff and for regrowth.

Dr. Love Patidar 90% (10 ratings)
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Indian Institute of Aesthetic Medicine, FMC (Fellow in Med.Cosmetology)
Dermatologist, Indore
I have a bad dandruff and losing a lot of hair. Pls suggest what should I do to get rid of this dandruff and for regr...
Better to show a skin specialist as long term severe dandruff could be psoriasis. Once a good history & examination done then proper customized treatment can be given.
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