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Dandruff Symptoms

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The appearance of gray or white dry flakes on your hair and scalp is the main symptom of dandruff. The flakes become more obvious if they start to fall from your scalp on to your shoulders. Dryness and itchiness in your scalp are symptoms of dandruff that are oftentimes likewise experienced.

Seborrheic dermatitis

Sometimes skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis can cause dandruff. If your dandruff is related to seborrheic dermatitis you may then have additional symptoms. The extra conditions you may experience include itching and scaling of the skin. These symptoms commonly affect specific parts of the body. They include:

Body parts where the skin folds together – They include the inner thighs, groin and armpits
Between the shoulder blades and the front of the chest
Around and inside the ears
The face
The scalp

The skin can have different degrees of scaling. It can vary from some mild pink patching to widespread thick crusts of skin.

There are instances when the scales become infected. This can result to the patches discharging fluid and pus and becoming red and painful.

In certain instances where the patching in your scalp can be severe enough, the condition might lead to hair loss.

Cradle cap

Seborrheic dermatitis that develops in the scalp of babies can manifest as greasy scaly yellow patches on their scalp. Some often refer to this condition as cradle cap.

Babies who have cradle cap usually develop this in the initial two months of their life that endures typically for a few weeks or months. Cradle cap normally clears as the baby reaches two years of age although of course there are exceptions where the condition can last a lot longer.

When to seek medical advice

If you notice no positive changes after applying anti-dandruff shampoo for about half a month, you may then need to consult with your doctor. Your doctor will often prescribe a stronger treatment.  You can also consult with your doctor if you suspect you have developed seborrheic dermatitis symptoms. The doctor may also prescribe stronger medication to help you control this condition.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a board certified and licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Ni Nan Healing Art Center in Bellmore, NY.

Written by Valerie

January 5th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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