Have you ever gotten all decked out in a beautiful new black sweater thinking you look fabulous, and the first person you see starts to brush away those embarrassing dandruff flakes? Not again! When is having dandruff a real problem, and how do you know when to see a dermatologist for dandruff?
Some Facts About Dandruff
We have been seeing dandruff commercials since we were little kids, and yet it continues to exist. Dandruff is an embarrassing scalp condition that seems to become worse during a dry, cold winter and sometimes when we are stressed.
Our skin, which includes our scalp, is constantly shedding and regrowing new skin cells. When that process speeds up, dandruff forms. It can cause itching, but is not contagious or related to hygiene. Plus, there are over the counter treatments to help control it.
Other conditions can exacerbate your dry flakey skin. They include the following:
- A fungal infection of the scalp known as scalp ringworm
- Eczema, which causes the skin to become red, very itchy, and dry
- Seborrheic dermatitis, which is a common condition of overgrown yeast on the skin and causes any area of the body to become itchy, red and scaly
- Allergic contact dermatitis, which is a reaction to products used on the scalp
- Psoriasis is another condition which causes red, flaky, and crusty patches
How To Treat Dandruff
There are a number of anti-dandruff shampoos you can find over the counter. If one doesn’t work for you, try another or ask your pharmacist.
Look for ingredients like zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, coal tar, and ketoconazole.
Leave the shampoo on your scalp for at least 5 minutes. But don’t overuse, or it could make the condition worse!
When is It Time To See Goodless Dermatology?
If you see no positive results after using anti-dandruff shampoos for at least a month, it’s time to call your dermatologist.
If your scalp is red or looks infected, call Goodless Dermatology immediately.
If your scalp is severely itchy or if you have a weakened immune system, don’t delay in seeking treatment.
Dandruff rarely has complications, but it is always best to seek medical care if it continues without improvement.