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Health Information For Teens
Dandruff is a common scalp condition that that causes flaky skin and an itchy scalp.
Common signs and symptoms of dandruff include:
Dandruff is a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis. The exact cause of seborrheic dermatitis is not known, but it’s likely a combination of things like:
Stress, cold and dry winter weather, and some hair care products may make dandruff worse.
Dandruff isn’t contagious. You can’t catch it from or give it to another person.
Almost anyone can have dandruff. Many teens and adults live with it. Hormone levels are high during teen years, which causes more oil production. This may be why dandruff usually begins around puberty. People with immune system problems (like HIV) or neurologic problems (like Parkinson’s disease) are more likely to have dandruff.
Health care providers can diagnose dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis based on symptoms (like an itchy scalp and flakes on the shoulders) and an exam.
In most cases, over-the-counter dandruff shampoo can control a person’s dandruff. Check the labels for these common “active ingredients”:
Follow the label directions on how much to use and how often. When your dandruff improves, it’s OK to use dandruff shampoo less often. Once a week might be enough to keep flakes off your shoulders.
If dandruff doesn’t get better after 4–6 weeks, try another shampoo with a different active ingredient.
Talk to the pharmacist if you have any questions about dandruff shampoos.
Call your health care provider if:
The doctor may prescribe prescription-strength shampoos or topical steroids for itching and redness.
People with dandruff also may get seborrheic dermatitis on other parts of their body, including:
Puberty causes all kinds of changes in your body – and some may not make you feel very desirable. Read this article for information on dealing with greasy hair, perspiration, and body hair.
Sometimes it may seem like your skin is impossible to manage, especially when you find a huge zit on your nose or a cold sore at the corner of your mouth. Here are ways to prevent and treat common skin problems.
Our skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.
Many people think of guys as being carefree when it comes to appearance. But guys spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. And some worry just as much as girls do about their looks.
Eczema is a common skin problem among teens. If you have eczema, read this article to find out more about it and how you can deal with the skin stress.
Ringworm isn’t a worm at all – it’s the name for a type of fungal skin infection. The good news is that ringworm is easy to treat.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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