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DANDRUFF

HOW TO GET RIDE OF DANDRUFF (by mukesh kushwaha)

DANDRUFF

The word “dandruff” is of Anglo-Saxon origin and the word “dandruff” is a combination of “Tan” meaning “tetter” which is a general word for “skin disease” and “drof” meaning “dirty”.

 

WHAT IS DANDRUFF:

  • It is a very common skin condition that merely affects all the people, at some point in their lives regardless of age or ethnicity. Which causes itchiness and flaking/scales, particularly affecting the “scalp”, but it also affects the ears, eyebrows, side of the nose, beard, and less commonly the central (often hair-bearing) part of the chest, or any hair-bearing area or an area with even very small hair follicles.
  • It is also known as seborrheic dermatitis and seborrhea.
  • It can be seen in all Ages group of populations, from babies to elderly.
  • More advanced cases of dandruff may cause intense itching, burning, and unstoppable scratching.
  • It is not curable, but it is controllable.
  • It may reoccur. And recurrence rate is very high.
  • It is not contagious.
  • It’s not a life threatening condition.

 

CAUSES

  • The exact cause of dandruff is “unknown”.
  • But it is associated with number of other factors as follows
  • Increased oil production and secretion (oily skin or oily scalp), and increased numbers of normal skin yeasts.
  • Poor hygiene/poor diet.
  • Infrequent shampooing and washing.
  • Severe dandruff is more common in people with some chronic illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease or a compromised immune system as in advanced HIV / AIDS.
  • Weather (hot and humid or cold and dry).
  • Emotional or mental stress.
  • Little bit hereditary.

 

SYMPTOMS

  • White flakes/Scales seen on scalp or dark clothes.
  • Scalp itching.
  • Facial rash over eyebrows, nose, and ears.
  • Chest rash with dry flakes and red spots.
  • It is not seen on the palms and soles where there are no hair follicles.
  • In some cases, the initial noticeable symptom is simply dry facial skin without any other rashes.

 

DIAGNOSIS

  • Most cases diagnosed clinically without any other laboratory test.
  • In rare instances, may require more exams and tests including skin scrapings for, microscopic evaluation, and skin biopsies.

 

REMEDIES

A] Home Remedies:- it includes.

 

1] Medicated shampoos:

– Zinc pyrithione shampoo (Head and Shoulders and others)

– Selenium sulfide Shampoo

 

 

2] Azadirachta Indica (Neem) and Olive Oil

 

What You Need

– A few dried Azadirachta Indica (neem) leaves

– 4 tablespoons olive oil

 

What You Need To Do

> Crush the Azadirachta Indica (neem) leaves to a powder.

> Mix the powder and olive oil in a bowl.

> Apply the paste to your scalp.

> Leave it on for about an hour. Then, wash your hair with shampoo and apply conditioner.

 

Caution:

Your scalp may itch when you apply the paste. This sensation is normal, and there is no need to worry about it.

3] Coconut Oil

 What You Need

  • Coconut oil

What You Need To Do

>Simply wash your hair with shampoo and let your hair dry completely. Do not use a conditioner.
>Apply the coconut oil directly to your scalp and leave it on for a few minutes.
>Wash your hair thoroughly with water.

 

4] Tea Tree Oil

What You Need

-A few drops of tea tree oil

 

What You Need To Do

>Take a little amount of shampoo in a cup, and add a few drops of tea tree oil to it.

>Mix well and rub the shampoo-oil mixture into your scalp.

>Rinse it out after five minutes.

 

5] Fenugreek (Methi) Seeds

 

What You Need

-1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds

-2 cups hot water

 

What You Need To Do

>Crush the fenugreek seeds with a pestle.

>Take two cups of hot water and soak the seeds in the water overnight.

>Strain the mixture, and use the water to rinse your hair in the morning.

6] Vinegar

 

What You Need

-2 cups vinegar

-1 cup water

 

What You Need To Do

>Boil two cups of vinegar and let it cool. Mix one-eighth of it with a cup of water.

>Use this mixture to massage your scalp.

>Shampoo your hair.

>You can also add one tablespoon of vinegar in the last mug of water while washing your hair.

 

Caution:

Ensure the vinegar doesn’t get into your eyes as it is acidic and might irritate your eyes.

 

B] Medications

1] Antifungal shampoos

– ketoconazole shampoo

– ciclopirox shampoo

 

2] Antibacterial cleaners

– sulfacetamide

– sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur

 

3] Cortisone shampoos

– clobetasol shampoo

– fluocinolone acetonide shampoo

 

PROGNOSIS

The prognosis for dandruff is good. Although dandruff is not curable, it is controllable.

 

SPECIAL NOTE

> If the dandruff does not respond to over-the-counter therapies, you must consult a dermatologist or health care practitioner.

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Mukesh Kushwaha is a young Blogger from India. He is a doctor and he is also very passionate about Blogging. His interested areas are HEALTH & FITNESS, and EDUCATION.

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8 Comments

  1. Such a fantastic article sir ..
    I learned lots of things from this article .

    Actually , by profession I’m a MBA student right now , and I suffered from this problem so many times and really it help me a lot about how to get ride of dandruff.

  2. First time I have seen a very good article about dandruff , like what is it , causes, and treatment also , which is a very comman to every individual.

    Thank you sir , actually I got a link from my friend to read this , but now I will wait for your next post sir .

  3. Really it helps me a lot sir..
    My dandruff has gone … After treatment as you stated..

    Keep it on sir…..

    My blessings are with you…

    Sir can you please , give some information about bleeding gums sir.. actually I’m suffering from bleeding gums.

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