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Dandruff

Dandruff on the scalp

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Dandruff need not be a death sentence! Although, with a good few inches of flaky skin collecting on your shoulders you might feel like it is…socially, at least. Affecting more males than females and usually occurring after puberty, between the ages of 20 and 30, dandruff is an extremely common condition of the scalp. It is caused by the process of skin renewal (or skin turnover) that speeds up to twice the normal rate, resulting in a greater number of dead cells being shed. These dead cells will manifest themselves as the flaky bits of skin you constantly find in your hair and on your shoulders. Over-the-counter or prescribed medicated shampoos usually do the trick.

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hi, i would like to ask you what to do. i have a friend that has a problem with dandruff and bad breath. i would like to help him but i cannot tell him that straight away in face. i do not want to embaress him at all. he is working with me and when i enter the office and people around him doesn't do nothing. i am the one who want to help him. could tell why people doesn't take notice of this ?? i cannot understand that. please advise what he can do. and how i can tell him that.





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Hiya there, I'm 21 years old and for a couple of weeks now I have been experiencing a very itchy scalp but just at the back of my head, I've tried all sorts and it's not budging, I have no lice no rashes and no redness just look's like a normal scalp but don't understand why just the back is itchy like crazy I haven't changed shampoo/conditioner and used no different products it just seemed to start on day on its own? And never gone away? Can someone please help as it's driving me crazy! I also get some itching at the back of my neck occasionly, thanks :) x





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Iv had dandruff for a couple years now going on 16 in January. Seems to be really bad iv used lots of different shampoo's always shower. Not under any stress. Any help?





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use lime juice to wash your hair

Hi I'm 24 and iv been suffering with dry flaky and unbearable itching its so bad iv cocidered shaving my hair of iv tired every type of shampoo medicated and over the counter please help cant cope anymore it makes me so insecure





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Hi i'm 18 and I have constantly been itching my head these past few weeks and when I have gone to check my hair there is nothing in my scalp. Do you have any ideas of what I could do to help me from stopping this frustrating and ongoing habit? As I'm quite upset and frustrated with this problem/habit that I have got at the moment.

hi im a 16 year old female i have been using any anti- dandruff shampoo to reduce dandruff but nothing has worked but nizoral has work cause it has reduced a bit of it but it keeps appearing every morning





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I've had a dry itchy scalp since the age of 13 and I'm now 23. I've visited the doctor and she told me its only dandruff but nothing seems to help. I've tried head and shoulders, t-gel, vosene, ginger shampoo from the body shop, E45 shampoo, Eucerin shampoo, nizoral and aphosyl. Up till recently dentanox cradle cap shampoo was working but now it is no longer effective. When the itching is so bad I can sometimes feel a fluid on my scalp and when I touch is its clear. The doctor said it is dandruff and no other skin condition I'm at a loss at what else to try. I also have very dry skin inside my ears and I'm wondering if the dry skin is related to the dandruff. My head just gets so itchy





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I am 15 years old and I have had Severe dandruff for about 3 years. I cannot shift it, I have been to the doctors and tried kapsal dermal therapeutic shampoo, nitrozoral and various other proscribed shampoos. I have also tried head and shoulders, E45, vozene, t gel and tea tree shampoos. I have also used home remedies such as aqueous cream, lemon juice, vinegar rinse,olive oil, vegtable oil, rape seed oil, yogurt and adding vodka to shampoo. Please help the local GP is of little help!





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Hi, my partner has been suffering for the past couple of years with an extremely sore, dry, itchy and flakey scalp. We've tried so many different types of shampoo and all caused quite bad reactions such as blisters and swelling, some even caused her scalp to crack and bleed like it had been cut open. She has been to the doctor who put her on antibiotics and anti-bacterial shampoo that also brought out one of the worst reactions! We have a green tea shampoo that doesn't cause a reaction but hasn't treated it either, does anyone know what this condition is called or how to treat it? Thanks!





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Sounds like seborrheic dermatitis . Use head and shoulders. Wash your hair with cold water, hot water makes it worse. Good luck!!

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Hi, I'm 21 years old and have suffered from a dry and itchy scalp for a about a year or two now. The first time I can associate to this appearing is when I was in Australia, and I thought I had burnt my scalp as the weather was so hot, and I was getting large bits of skin flaking from my head, some pieces as large as 5p pieces. Since then, I've always suffered, and it can be so painful. It's usually in certain areas, around the front by my hairline, which consists of areas that get very flaky, and the top centre of my head too. I find these areas get very itchy all the time and I itch them so much I have cuts all over my scalp. When I wash my hair it gets better but after a day it' starts again and gets worse and worse until I wash my hair again. It is so bad that every time I do my hair I end up with flakes of scalp all over my trousers, I can see flakes in my hair during the day and it makes me paranoid. I just don't understand why I am suffering from this when I never use to have a problem, I use Redken extreme shampoo and conditioner, although I've suffered before I started using this anyway. It's gotten to the point now that even putting hairspray on my hair stings because of my cuts, I'm getting fed up now of constantly itching and having a sore scalp...even touching my hair makes it flake everywhere, what could this be and how can I resolve this??





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I am 13 years old and male and my head is always it hy and my head looks white bc of all the dandruff i have tried everything but nothing works cuttingmy hair so short i was bald was almost the only solution im am willing to do it again but would like to keep my hair and am in desperate help! Please!!!!





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Dandruff is a common condition that affects the scalp and causes flakes of skin to appear. Dandruff can vary in severity. It can be mild, moderate or severe. Read More »

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