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1. What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a skin condition associated with flakes in the hair-bearing areas of the body. It is generally accompanied by itching.
2. Is dandruff permanent?
No, dandruff is not a permanent condition. It can be managed with the use of proper medication, hygiene and care.
3. What is the primary cause of dandruff?
The primary causes of dandruff are (1) seborrheic dermatitis: a condition affecting people with oily skin in which the skin is infected by the fungus Malassezia, (2) yeast infection in people who are sensitive to yeast, (3) dry skin and (4) skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.
4. Who can treat dandruff?
A doctor specialised in skin conditions, also referred to as a dermatologist, can diagnose the cause behind dandruff and treat it.
5. When does dandruff require medical treatment?
If you notice that your dandruff is increasing and causing excessive itching or redness on the scalp or spreading to other parts of the body as well despite proper care and hygiene, you should consult a dermatologist for treatment.