Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD
Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
- Dandruff facts
- What is dandruff?
- What specialties of doctors treat dandruff?
- What are the causes of dandruff? What are dandruff symptoms and signs?
- How do doctors diagnose the cause of dandruff?
- What treatments are available for dandruff?
- What doesn't help dandruff?
- Are there home remedies for dandruff?
- If over-the-counter products don't work, what can the doctor prescribe for dandruff?
- What is the prognosis of dandruff?
- Is it possible to prevent dandruff?
- Find a local Dermatologist in your town
- 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.
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