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Dandruff (Seborrhea)

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Dandruff facts

  • Dandruff is produced when the skin of the scalp exfoliates excessively.
  • The white dusty flakes of material in the hair and on the shoulders are fragments of the superficial stratum corneum.
  • Lack of shampooing can enhance dandruff by allowing flakes to accumulate on the hair.
  • There are a number of scalp diseases than can produce dandruff.

What is dandruff?

Those unpleasant white flakes on the collar of your dark shirt or blouse are dandruff. Dandruff is a sign that the skin of the scalp is peeling off (exfoliating). It is perfectly normal for the skin to exfoliate. The problem arises when the amount of dandruff becomes an eyesore. There are basically two reasons for this. Too much production or not effective removal. In the too much production category are inflammatory diseases of the scalp. In the ineffective removal category is inadequate scalp hygienic efforts.

What specialties of doctors treat dandruff?

Primary-care providers and nurse practitioners are be able to diagnose and treat most cases of dandruff. Dermatologists are experts in skin diseases.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
https://www.medicinenet.com/seborrhea/article.htm

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