Last Updated on Jul 24, 2020

Treatment for Dandruff

Seborrheic dermatitis can be treated using medicated shampoo and by applying a corticosteroid cream.

Treatment for seborrheic dermatitis depends on the individual’s age and its location on the body. The condition is treatable but is likely to recur.

Using a medicated shampoo helps to control dandruff. The active ingredients in these shampoos include salicylic acid, ketoconazole, or selenium, coal tar, zinc, resorcin, These shampoos are available over-the-counter.

Severe cases may be treated with shampoos or lotions containing salicylic acid, coal tar, ketoconazole, or corticosteroids.

A corticosteroid cream of moderate potency may also be applied. This should be used continuously twice each day until the condition improves. It may be continued according to the requirement of the individual. However it must be noted that the continuous use of corticosteroids may have side effects including, permanent skin changes.

For infants with cradle cap mild shampooing is very effective. A mild corticosteroid lotion or cream may also be applied.

Topical application of terbinafine solution (1%) is known to be an effective treatment.

Overnight application of a variety of oils such as olive, peanut or mineral helps to soften the scales. This may be followed by the use of a medicated shampoo.

  • Apply the shampoo to a small part of the affected area and massage gently
  • If face or chest is affected, apply medicated lotion twice a day.
  • Shampoo vigorously
  • Use the fingers to loosen scales. Scrub for a minimum of 5 minutes
  • Rinse well

In the case of a chronic disease, sebo-suppressive agents such as isotretinoin may be used to reduce sebaceous gland activity.

Patients should, however, follow the doctor’s advice. Excessive use of some of these preparations may cause side effects.

Those with seborrheic dermatitis might benefit from biotin supplement.

Comments

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VIVI06 Monday, December 15, 2008

I have really bad dandruff or should i say fungus.It covers mi hole head starting to go to mi ears and forhead.I am losing mi hair u could see meny bold spots.
Iam only 19 yrs old and i have no idea how i got it and how to get rid of it.I have no insurence so if someone out there could give me some ideas i would apreciate it. I have tried soo many things its still the same!!!

guest Tuesday, October 21, 2008

My age is 29,my probles is hairloos,already 45% hair loss on my head for oily dandruff, please any suggestion for me, how should be possible to reduce hair loss and treated on dandruff. Thnks.

sunny1 Monday, January 14, 2008

I never had dandruff until I was 18 years old and got an attack of measles. Now I am 54 and I still suffer from this condition. It has also made my hair a little sparse. My wife thinks I will soon get bald. Sometimes I want to shave off all my hair for a few months and apply oil. Will this prevent my hair fall and prevent me getting bald, anyone has any suggestions for my problem. I have tried number of things only to get temparory relief from the condition.Thanks for help

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