Subscribe to Onlymyhealth Newsletter
  • I have read the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. I provide my consent for my data to be processed for the purposes as described and receive communications for service related information.

What are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

Other Diseases By Himanshu Sharma , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Apr 06, 2013
What are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

Learn the signs of dandruff, which usually start with itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp.

What are the Symptoms of Dandruff

Dandruff is a chronic skin condition characterised by itching and flaking of the skin on your scalp. White flakes on the scalp and in the hair suggest that one has dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp). The white flakes become even more noticeable on dark clothes as they fall on the person’s shoulder from head. Dandruff may make scalp itchy, tight or sore. The condition isn’t contagious and is rarely serious.

 

[Read: How to Get Rid of Dandruff]


The common signs of dandruff include:

  • Adult individuals with seborrheic dermatitis may have red, flaky, greasy patches of skin.
  • There are white flakes of skin on the scalp besides on the person's hair strands. The flakes can be oily as well.
  • Dandruff is often accompanied by itchiness or the head may become sore.
  • Crusting and scaling rash on scalp (babies with Seborrheic dermatitis, or cradle cap) is another prominent sign of dandruff.


When should one seek medical advice?

When the scalp becomes greasy or yellow and does not respond to over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, lotions and other anti-dandruff products, you should see a doctor to relieve the redness, itching and flaking.

An individual must seek medical attention if the symptoms of dandruff persist or worsen (severe flaking, itching, scaling or redness). If one feels that dandruff is spreading rapidly or causing hair loss despite proper skin care and hair hygiene, you need to see a doctor to get to the root cause of it and get it treated. In case of doubt, it is better to consult a paediatrician, family physician or dermatologist.

 

 

Read more articles on Dandruff

 

 

Written by
Himanshu Sharma
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamApr 06, 2013

All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.

This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK