Dandruff treatment. This video is on treatment, causes and shampoo to get rid of dandruff permanently and fast at home.
Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. The flakes are often noticeable if they fall from your scalp on to your shoulders.
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Dandruff is, perhaps surprisingly, mainly caused by a fungus which most of us have living naturally on our skin, but which causes problems in about half of us. A third of sufferers have apparently avoided a social occasion because of the embarrassment it causes! But fear not – there are some ways to combat it.
The fungus that is the principal cause of dandruff is called Malassezia globosa, and it feeds off the oils on our skin and hair. But when it does so, it produces oleic acid, which can irritate our skin. In some people, this sets off an immune response which can lead to a rapid turnover of skin cells. Air pollution can make this response worse, whilst UV light from sunshine can help dampen it down.
Adding oil to your scalp is no good at all – washing off the natural oils that Malassezia feeds on is more likely to help.
However, there are some chemicals that can help kill it off too. The most effective anti-fungals are Miconazole and Ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is found in some shampoos, but Miconazole is currently only available in skin creams so it won't be helpful for treating dandruff.
You may find, though, that the effects of an anti fungal shampoo wear off after a while, so you might need to cycle some alternatives.
• Coal tar shampoos can slow down skin turnover (although they may discolour fair hair).
• Shampoos containing salicylic acid can help get rid of the flakes.
• Shampoos containing zinc or selenium can also target the fungus, so there are a wide range of solutions to try.
Researchers have now sequenced the genetic code of Malassezia and are working on more specific targeted drugs to kill it – a group of drugs known as sulfonamides work against it, but nothing containing them is yet available for dandruff.
Make sure you read the instructions that come with the shampoo before using it to check if it's suitable for you and see how often it should be applied. A pharmacist can offer advice if you need it.
It's particularly important to leave the shampoo in your hair for at least five minutes before washing it out.
Try these shampoos for a month to see if your dandruff improves. You might need to try more than one type to find one that works for you.
You may be able to use the shampoo less often once your symptoms improve, but your dandruff will probably come back if you stop using it completely.
WHEN TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR:
You don't usually need to see your GP if you have dandruff, but it's a good idea to visit them if:
• You've tried anti-dandruff shampoos for at least a month and your symptoms haven't improved
• Your dandruff is very severe or your scalp is very itchy
• Your scalp is red or swollen
• You have a weakened immune system – for example, you're having chemotherapy, you have HIV, or you're taking medication that suppresses your immune system
Your GP can examine your scalp to check for skin conditions that could be causing your dandruff.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.