Dandruff

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

If you are one of the many sufferers of dandruff, you may be afraid to wear dark clothing because of the flaking condition. Dr. Edward Hill tells us what causes dandruff and what can be done to stop it in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dandruff is a shedding of the skin on the scalp. It causes white flakes on the head, neck and shoulders. It is estimated that as much as 97 percent of the population of the United States will have dandruff at some point in their lives.

Dandruff may be caused by a skin condition called eczema, which causes increased shedding of normal scalp skin cells. Hormonal or seasonal changes may make dandruff worse.

Common symptoms of dandruff include white, oily-looking flakes of dead skin in your hair, on your shoulders and an itchy, scaling scalp.

Home treatment often helps prevent and get rid of the symptoms of dandruff. A variety of shampoos are available. Trying several will help you find out which antidandruff shampoo is most effective for you. Shampoo daily to prevent a build-up of dead skin cells on your scalp. Alternate antidandruff shampoos with regular ones if you are worried about the effects of antidandruff shampoos chemicals on your hair.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.