Dandruff Treatment


Dandruff Treatment @ Darling Roots Clinic


Mycotic Diseases:

Diseases caused by either funguses or yeasts. The below are caused by a lipid-dependent yeast called malassezia.

One common cause is seborrheic dermatitis or seborrhea. Some people with dandruff may also have seborrheic dermatitis in other areas of the body, such as their ears, the center of the face, and the center of the chest.

Dandruff / Seborrheic dermatitis (seborrhea):  Basically speaking dandruff is a cosmetic problem. Approximately 50 percent of the population experiences dandruff worldwide. Dandruff is usually seen in individuals from adolescence to about age 50. When the sebaceous glands are most active, explains Dr.Feroz Khan. It presents itself as fine tiny white / grayish scales that are found diffusely on the scalp, typically accompanied by an itching sensation.

No one knows precisely what causes dandruff, though a fungus called malassezia may play a role. It is normal to have malassezia on your skin. Too much of it, is linked to dandruff.

Certain diseases, such as Parkinson’s and HIV, have also been linked to dandruff.  Having dandruff doesn’t make either of those diseases more likely, though. A poor and irregular dietary habit also has been suggested to be a cause.

These are some of the common reasons your scalp can get dry and itchy:

5 Signs that keep you informed about Dandruff!

Hallmark feature of dandruff are the white scaly flakes on scalp and shoulder,  sometimes white powdery substance that you see on television commercials. Itchy and sore scalp is other hallmark feature. Other than these, you could experience the following:

  1. Red, flaky, greasy patches of skin on the scalp.
  2. Flakes of skin on the scalp and in the individual’s hair.
  3. Itchy and tight scalp.
  4. Tingling and sore feeling in the scalp.
  5. Crusting and scaling rash on scalp.

Symptoms for children and youngsters

When children have a dandruff problem, trying too many herbal remedies over them is practically impossible. In the sense, cooperation from young ones is a lot to expect. The symptoms that show up on kids are almost similar to that of adults, except that severity is more than what an adult experiences.

Taking them to doctor for herbal tonic or shampoo is the only possible option left in the hands of parents.

Seborrheic dermatitis: Is a common skin condition, which causes:

Red patches with large, yellow, greasy scales that may form crusts commonly occur in the scalp, on the face–eyebrows, eyelid margins, nasolabial folds, ears, armpits, groin, and mid-chest. Mild itching and flaking is common and this particular form of itchy scalp is prevalent in immune-compromised patients and in patients with neurological illnesses like Parkinson’s disease and patients with stroke.  It can occur on any part of the body. When it affects the scalp, it is called dandruff and it is treatable. Most often, over-the-counter medicated shampoos will stop the flakes from falling. More cases that are stubborn will likely to benefit from prescription shampoos containing anti-fungal and steroidal creams.

The Following Can Make Dandruff Worse:

These things do not cause dandruff, but they can worsen it if you are:

Not washing your scalp often enough and maintaining the hygiene, Stress, the season. Dandruff may get worse when you are in stress or sick. Cold and dry winters can trigger dandruff or make it worse.

When to See a Doctor:

Consult your Doctor at Darling Roots Hair Clinic, if you are still scratching and shedding white flakes and hair after trying over-the-counter preparations.  For stubborn dandruff, you need prescription shampoo or a topical medication.

Dandruff Treatment: With anti-Dandruff Shampoos.

Take shower every day, but using anti-dandruff shampoo for how many times a week depends. While shampooing, rub the shampoo into your scalp and leave the shampoo on your head for 5 minutes or so, as directed, before you rinse. Comb your hair from the scalp going through the strands to their tips. Rinse your hair thoroughly after shampooing, any leftover may cause itching and irritation of scalp skin.

Not all anti-dandruff shampoos are alike. Different brands have different active ingredients.

You may need to switch between shampoos if one type controls the dandruff at first but later loses its effectiveness.

There are different brands containing Coal tar, Zinc pyrithione, Salicylic acid, Ketokonazol, selenium sulfide, ciclopirox, etc.

Once the dandruff is under control, you have to use anti-dandruff shampoo less frequently as a maintenance therapy.