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Sunday, December 14, 2014

I See White Flakes on My Head And It's Not Snow -- Cures for Common Dandruff

Thousands of people have dandruff, a scalp condition that causes flakes to appear on the scalp. It's one of those health conditions people don't like to talk about because it is embarrassing. Dandruff carries with it the misconception that those who have dandruff are dirty. But that is simply not true.

What causes dandruff?

Dandruff is caused by anything from a dry scalp to eczema, psoriasis, or a yeast-like fungus. While dry-skin dandruff generally shows up occasionally and in small flakes, eczema, psoriasis and fungus occur more often and produce larger flakes not only on the scalp but in the eyebrows, ears and even on the nose.

Treatment

The good news is that dandruff is very treatable. Common dandruff can often be cured by:

  • Shampooing and brushing hair often to get rid of dead cells
  • Eating more foods that contain zinc and B vitamins, both of which are important to grow healthy hair
  • Turn the heat down and add more moisture to the air during winter months

Sometimes shampoos can cause irritation, so try switching shampoos. There are other over-the-counter products that can help. Be sure to read the label as you want to make sure you get the treatment that matches your type of dandruff.

  • Shampoos that contain zinc pyrithione is good for dandruff caused by fungus and bacteria
  • Hair products that contain coal tar and selenium sulfide slows down the growth and flaking off of skin cells on the scalp
  • Shampoos with salicylic acid will loosen the flakes and make them easier to wash away

For more information on causes and cures for common dandruff, and when to see a doctor, visit www.rd.com/slideshows/dandruff-natural-treatment/#slideshow=slide1
DISCLAIMER: The content or opinions expressed on this web site are not to be interpreted as medical advice. Please consult with your doctor or medical practictioner before utilizing any suggestions on this web site.
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