Is Dandruff or Seborrheic Dermatitis Contagious?
Dandruff is medically known as seborrheic dermatitis and is a common skin condition. While it may be common, it doesn’t make dealing with dandruff any less embarrassing. Most people think that dandruff is a result of poor hygiene but it is not true. It can be triggered by a number of different reasons and has to do with much more than hygiene. If you suffer from persistent dandruff or it appears to be infected, it is important to visit a doctor.
Let’s first understand what dandruff is?
The exact cause of dandruff is not well known, however, one of the main causes of dandruff is a fungus called Malassezia. In some cases, it is also related to hormone levels. Dandruff causes the skin on the scalp to form flakes; these flakes are actually dead skin cells. Although it is normal to shed dead skin cells, with dandruff the rate at which these skin cells shed is much faster. Dandruff is more likely to occur in areas that are rich in oil-producing glands. The following are some of the common factors that can make dandruff worse:
- Dry or Oily skin
- Not cleansing the scalp properly
- Fungal infection
- Certain hair products
- Environmental factors such as humidity
- Other skin problems such as psoriasis
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Is Dandruff Contagious?
Simple answer no; dandruff cannot be transmitted from person to person. It is an inflammatory skin condition but the condition is typically harmless. Since dandruff can be a result of a fungal infection, there is a myth that it can spread but these white flakes are not at all contagious. Also, most of the time dandruff is not considered a serious disease. At times, dandruff can get worse, cause flare-ups and recur. Moreover, it is unpleasant to deal with and can also have an impact on a person’s appearance.
Dandruff treatment usually includes shampoos and home remedies. In some cases, dandruff home remedies or over the counter products work very well. However, what works for others may not necessarily work for you.
Dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis is usually diagnosed with a physical examination. If the diagnosis is uncertain or if the condition persists a skin biopsy can also be recommended.
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Homeopathic Dandruff Treatment
Homeopathic medicines for dandruff are safe, effective and provide lasting results. Homeopathy helps to control the over-active oil glands and corrects the factors that can trigger dandruff. It can not only help reduce dandruff but it can also help reduce scalp irritation and inflammation. Homeopathic medicines effectively manage the underlying cause of dandruff be it anemia, thyroid or stress. It can also help to control hair loss that is caused by dandruff and reduces the chance of recurrence.
Homeopathy has proven efficacy in treating a wide range of health problems without any side-effects. In a clinical trial conducted in 2002, two groups were assigned for the study of dandruff treatment. The group that was given the homeopathic remedy in low doses showed significant improvement after 10 weeks of dandruff treatment.
At Dr Batra's®, our homeopathic experts use the science of homeopathy along with the latest technology to provide the best results. The homeopathic doctor reviews the patient’s physical and psychological symptoms, to plan an individualized treatment. This treatment plan incorporates homeopathic medicines for dandruff and lifestyle tips for the complete well-being of the patient. Over the last 35 years, Dr Batra's® has successfully treated over 1 million hair patients.
Tips to prevent dandruff:
- To keep your scalp clean, wash your hair regularly with a mild shampoo.
- Consume probiotics to enhance your immunity against fungal infections.
- Minimize stress levels as it can aggravate itching and dryness.
- Avoid scrubbing or scratching your scalp as it can worsen the condition.
To get long-term relief from the symptoms of dandruff, book an appointment with us: https://www.drbatras.ae/book-an-appointment.
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