The marketplace is flooded with endless haircare products that tout to remove dandruff from its roots. When buying an anti-dandruff product, you must select one that has active ingredients such as salicylic acid, tar and selenium in it. Most of these shampoos work best when they are left on for several minutes after lathering and then rinsed off thoroughly.
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If over-the-counter products don’t work, a health care professional should be consulted for treatment.
Expected Duration of Dandruff
Dandruff or the white flakes of skin you brush off your collar or shoulders can put you in an embarrassing situation. Dandruff is not caused because of the type of hair one has or how often one washes it. It is about the skin on the scalp. Dandruff is a chronic (long-lasting) condition that comes and goes. It may disappear or be less severe in warmer months.
There is no need to see a doctor in most cases, but those who find themselves scratching their scalp every now and then or if their scalp becomes red or swollen, they must fix an appointment with the doctor. In that case, a person may be suffering from severe seborrheic dermatitis or another condition one of the symptoms of which is dandruff.
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Prognosis of Dandruff
Dandruff is not a serious health condition, but can be embarrassing if left untreated. This chronic condition has a tendency to recur even if you make attempts to control it. In order to stay away from dandruff, it is advisable that you use an anti-dandruff shampoo twice a week. The shampoo you use must be a mild hypoallergenic shampoo one and should be scrubbed on the scalp thoroughly.
Medications that suppress cell turnover are prescribed to people with severe cases of dandruff. After the course of treatment, cell turnover tends to return. If it tends to recur over and again, taking an expert’s advice is important.
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