Dandruff, also known as Seborrheic Dermatitis, is a common skin condition that affects mainly the scalp. It can also occur on oily areas of the body, such as the face, back and upper chest.
The skin consists of sebaceous glands which release sebum or oil that lubricates hair and skin. The excess production of oil(sebum) leads to build-up and causes flaking of the skin. The itchy, white, and scaly flakes are a common characteristic of dandruff.
The condition can occur at any age, although it is most common during three age periods: infancy(first three months of life), during puberty and in adulthood with an apex at 40 - 60 years of age.
Dandruff affects half of the population in the world. If the condition is left untreated, the inflammation of the skin and excessive scratching can cause hair loss and skin conditions such as acne.
Visible symptoms like white, scaly flakes and physical discomfort such as itching are annoying and emotionally distressing. It negatively impacts the self-esteem and self-confidence of an individual as well. As dandruff can also occur on the face, it can significantly affect the quality of life and causes psychological distress too.
What causes dandruff?
The exact cause of dandruff is yet unknown. A combination of factors such as
- immune system response
can cause the condition.
A fungal infection which involves a yeast Malassezia Furfur is one of the major causes of dandruff. The microorganism resides on the skin and usually causes no problems. However, in some people, the presence of Malassezia and its growth makes the skin secrete more oil or sebum. This evokes an inflammatory response leading to redness and itching, which in turn leads to dandruff.
Experts believe that gene mutations can make an individual more susceptible to dandruff. The mutations lead to protein-deficiency, thus unable to control fungal overgrowth.
Certain medical conditions can cause dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis) in individuals. Some of them are listed below:
- Parkinson's Disease
- Neurological conditions such as epilepsy and traumatic spinal cord or brain injury
- Recovering from a heart attack or a stroke
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Hepatitis C virus
- Chronic Alcoholic Pancreatitis
- Certain psychiatric conditions like eating disorder or depression
- Down Syndrome
- Zinc Deficiency
Certain medications can cause Seborrheic Dermatitis. Some of them are mentioned below:
- -Haloperidol decanoate
Some experts believe that dandruff may be related to an immune system disorder. Also, people with weak immune systems, like HIV/AIDS patients, are at a higher risk of having dandruff.
Apart from medicines and health-related factors; Seborrheic Dermatitis can be triggered by various other factors such as:
- Cold weather
- Dry climate
- Sleep deprivation
- Excessive stress
- Hormonal changes
Homeopathy is an efficient remedy for dandruff. Contact Dandruff Experts at Dr Batra’s for effective dandruff treatment.
What are the symptoms of dandruff?
Dandruff can sometimes look similar to diseases like psoriasis, fungal infections, rosacea, and atopic dermatitis. Few of the distinct symptoms are listed below:
- Severe itching of the scalp
- Red, swollen skin
- Excessive white, powdery skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows or beard
- Related hair loss due to inflammation or scratching
- Acceleration of the onset of male-pattern hair loss
- Moist, sticky, and greasy appearance of the hair
In infants, dandruff affects the face, scalp, and it can develop in the diaper area and skin folds. Adults experience recurrent bouts and periods of remission. It can show up:
- In the groin
- Around the navel
- In the middle of the chest
- On the buttocks
- Under the breasts
- Around the nose
- On the eyelids
- Behind the ears
How is dandruff treated?
Over-the-counter shampoos, creams and lotions are some of the conventional remedies used for dandruff treatment. Using such products does not guarantee long-term relief and the chances of recurrence are high.
Homeopathic medicines treat the root cause of the problem and help in the reduction of Itching, Dandruff, Frequency and Duration of complaints. Additionally, it helps in:
- Controlling overactive oil glands
- Correcting the underlying health problems such as thyroid and zinc deficiency
- Treating related complaints like stress
- Improving self-confidence, self-esteem and overall quality of life
Benefits of Homeopathic Treatment for Dandruff
- Homeopathic medicines are effective and do not cause any side-effects.
- Customized homeopathy dandruff treatment is provided after considering the patient’s medical history, physical symptoms and emotional needs. The holistic treatment approach provides long-lasting relief.
- No side-effects
- Long-term relief
- Treatment in the early stages yields better results.
- Advanced stages of the disorder also respond very well to extended homeopathic dandruff treatment.
Why Choose Dr Batra's™ for Dandruff Treatment?
Dandruff causes significant discomfort to an individual. The social embarrassment of regular itching and visible flakes may lead people to social anxiety and self-isolation. This can negatively impact the self-confidence and the self-image of the patient. Stress and anxiety as well are a result of this condition.
At Dr Batra’s™, the team of expert homeopathic doctors and trichologists offer personalized solutions for dandruff treatment.
A holistic treatment approach is taken, where physical symptoms and the psychological impact on the patient is considered. The doctors thereafter customize a dandruff treatment plan for the best results.
How do you diagnose dandruff?
Dandruff treatment at Dr Batra’s™
- Scalp skin analysis through video-microscopy is done to check the extent of scalp damage and the intensity of scaling. This painless test magnifies the scalp up to 200 times.
- Wood’s lamp diagnosis to check the causative factor. It is a procedure that uses ultraviolet light to detect fungal or bacterial skin infections.
- Depending on the aforementioned analysis, homeopathy treatment for dandruff is determined.