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Dandruff is a common condition that causes the skin on the scalp to flake. It isn't contagious or serious. But it can be embarrassing and difficult to treat.

Mild dandruff can be treated with a gentle daily shampoo. If that doesn't work, a medicated shampoo may help.


Dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis.

  • Skin flakes on your scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache, and shoulders
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scaly, crusty scalp in infants with cradle cap

These symptoms may be more severe if you're stressed, and they tend to flare in the cold, dry season

  • Irritated, oily skin
  • Dry skin
  • A yeast-like fungus
  • Dandruff usually begins in young adulthood
  • Dandruff is more prevalent in males
  • Sensitivity to hair care products (contact dermatitis)
  • Other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema


Medicines are effective in treating dandruff, only internal medicines are given and a course of medication usually helps.