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Dry or flaky scalp

Also known as Dandruff, Scalp Dryness, and Dry Scalp

Dandruff is the shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp. Dandruff should not be confused with a simple dry scalp. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal; about 487,000 cells/cm2 get released normally after detergent treatment. Some people, however, experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a result of certain triggers, up to 800,000 cells/cm2, which can also be accompanied by redness and irritation.

Source: Wikipedia

What causes it?

The most common causes of dry or flaky scalp are seborrheic dermatitis, fungal infection of the skin, and contact dermatitis. Other possible causes, such as seborrheic keratosis, are more rare.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with dry or flaky scalp often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), excision, excision of skin lesion, microscopic examination (bacterial smear; culture; toxicology), corneal transplant, procedures on spleen, removal of ectopic pregnancy and diagnostic endocrine procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with dry or flaky scalp include ketoconazole, selenium sulfide topical, clobetasol topical, salicylic acid topical, minoxidil topical, griseofulvin, fluocinonide topical, betamethasone topical product, hepatitis a vaccine (obsolete), hydrocortisone topical, fluocinolone topical, influenza virus vaccine, h1n1, inactivated and human papillomavirus vaccine (hpv) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for dry or flaky scalp include age 5-14 years race/ethnicity = black.

Age

< 1 years
1.2x
1-4 years
1.3x
5-14 years
2.8x
15-29 years
0.8x
30-44 years
1.0x
45-59 years
0.7x
60-74 years
0.8x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
0.8x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.9x
Hispanic
1.3x
White
0.6x
Other
1.5x
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