The exact cause is unknown, but various factors increase the risk. It is not related to poor hygiene, but it may be more visible if a person does not wash or brush their hair often.

Dandruff can be embarrassing and hard to treat, but help is available.

Fast facts on dandruff

Here are some key points about dandruff. More detail is the main article.

  • Dandruff is a common condition, but it can be embarrassing and difficult to treat.
  • It is not related to hygiene, but washing and brushing the hair can help remove old skin flakes.
  • Risk factors include having certain skin or medical conditions and the use of inappropriate hair products.
  • Various treatments are available over the counter, but more severe cases should be seen by a doctor.

For most people, dandruff does not require medical attention. However, sometimes the flaking and itching that appears like dandruff is actually a medical condition, such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, fungal infections of the scalp, or eczema.

If you continue to have symptoms after using a dandruff shampoo, consult a Dermatologist. A dermatologist can properly diagnose your condition and recommend a treatment plan that best meets your needs.

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