Friday, February 22, 2013

Dandruff is a common ailment that many people deal with on a daily basis. It is characterized by white flakes, along with an itchy and often irritated scalp. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about dandruff in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The stigma attached to dandruff is far worse than the condition warrants. Everyone can get dandruff. The skin all over your body, including your scalp, sheds dead cells all the time. Dead skin cells on the scalp may stick together and become visible white flakes.

Dandruff is not contagious and is a very common problem. It affects about 20 percent of adults in the U.S.; men and women alike. Although theres no cure for dandruff, its fairly easy to control.

Here are some steps you can take to help you care for dandruff.

Gently brush hair before each washing.

Wash hair every day, which may be enough to keep mild dandruff under control.

Use antidandruff shampoos if the scalp is red and scales are obvious.

Follow shampoo directions: most say to lather and let it sit for at least five minutes before rinsing.

If a dandruff shampoo seems to lose its effectiveness after several weeks, try another.

Try not to scratch or brush the scalp hard.

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