Dandruff

What is dandruff?
Dandruff, known as seborrheic dermatitis, is a common condition marked by excess flaking and itching of the scalp that can become noticeable and uncomfortable.

What causes dandruff?  
Dandruff is caused by an overproduction of oil (sebum) on the scalp. An overgrowth of yeast may also be involved. When normally shedding scalp skin cells are not sloughed off quickly enough, scalp oils cause them to stick together, making them appears as small white flakes.

How do we treat dandruff?
Although dandruff is not contagious and is rarely serious, it can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Persistent dandruff can be quickly controlled with custom-compounded shampoos and topical medications from our formulary. If the scalp is itchy and uncomfortable, we may treat the area with injections of a corticosteroid medication, resulting in rapid relief by reducing the inflammatory response.

What can I expect?
Using prescribed treatments as directed will result in quick relief from the symptoms of dandruff.  Once your symptoms are under control, your practitioner may advise you to continue to use your medications occasionally for maintenance.

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.