Know your dandruff

By: yogi11


Before treating dandruff, it is important to understand the type of dandruff you may have, as the treatment for each type differs.
Type 1 — Seborrhea
Every scalp secretes its own natural oil called sebum, which when scratched comes out as white particles on the finger nails and is often mistaken for dandruff. Correct hair care involving the right shampoo and correct method of washing is often enough to deal with it.
Type 2 — Scalp infections
When the sebum is not correctly treated, it progresses to scalp infection. In this, there is much more itching, boils on the scalp, more hair loss, etc., and eventually leads to baldness. Hair care alone will not work. Medical treatment is also required.
Type 3 — Scalp diseases
This category includes diseases like psoriasis. It is worst form of dandruff as it tends to spread to body areas. The best thing to do is to start medication early to control its spread to other body parts.

I’ve had dandruff for many years. I have tried every shampoo available in the market and though they work for a while, they are of no use after sometime. Is there any permanent solution to this?
Before trying to find a permanent solution to dandruff, it is important to first make sure that you have a dandruff problem and not some other scalp condition that only looks like dandruff. Ninety per cent of patients with scales on their scalp incorrectly identify their condition as dandruff. The most common is either increased scalp sebum secretion or scalp infections. For example, scalp sebum is a sticky secretion produced by the scalp oil glands. Everyone has this secretion — some more, some less. In those who have it more, the sebum starts accumulating on the scalp in the form of white deposits and when the patient scratches his head, it comes out as white scales on the finger nails and therefore looks like dandruff. But this is not dandruff, and therefore do not expect this to be remedied by anti-dandruff shampoos. Similarly, scalp infections are often mistaken for dandruff because theyalso manifest as scales on the head. But as it is not dandruff, it would not be addressed by anti-dandruff s h a m p o o s. Some medicated shampoos do help, but they have been so often misused that scalp conditions have become resistant to them. Therefore, one of the best ways to deal with scales on the scalp is to identify the condition correctly. Your indiscriminate use of various shampoos may be making the condition more chronic and difficult to treat.

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Before trying to find a permanent solution to dandruff, it is important to first make sure that you have a dandruff problem and not some other scalp condition that only looks like dandruff. Ninety per cent of patients with scales on their scalp incorrectly identify their condition as dandruff. The most common is either increased scalp sebum secretion or scalp infections. For example, scalp sebum is a sticky secretion produced by the scalp oil glands. Everyone has this secretion — some more, some less. In those who have it more, the sebum starts accumulating on the scalp in the form of white deposits and when the patient scratches his head, it comes out as white scales on the finger nails and therefore looks like dandruff. But this is not dandruff, and therefore do not expect this to be remedied by anti-dandruff shampoos. Similarly, scalp infections are often mistaken for dandruff because theyalso manifest as scales on the head. But as it is not dandruff, it would not be addressed by anti-dandruff s h a m p o o s. Some medicated shampoos do help, but they have been so often misused that scalp conditions have become resistant to them. Therefore, one of the best ways to deal with scales on the scalp is to identify the condition correctly. Your indiscriminate use of various shampoos may be making the condition more chronic and difficult to treat.

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