Is dandruff affecting your self-esteem?
Dandruff may not be a serious condition, but it can still cause discomfort and embarrassment from an itchy scalp and dry, flaky skin. If you’re someone who tends to produce more dandruff than others, our dermatologists may be able to help.
What is dandruff and what are the symptoms?
Dandruff occurs when the skin cells on your scalp shed at a faster rate than normal, clumping together with oil from the scalp to form flakes. These white, oily flakes become visible in your hair and on dark clothing, and are often accompanied by an itchy scalp.
Do I need to treat my dandruff?
Only you can decide if your dandruff is severe enough to warrant help from a dermatologist. If you have tried over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and you still feel self-conscious in social situations because of your dandruff, a dermatologist might be able to help by diagnosing the cause of your dandruff and recommending treatment to improve the health of your scalp.
What causes dandruff?
Dandruff has several causes and is also linked to other skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Men tend to be more prone to dandruff, possibly due to hormonal differences. Causes of dandruff may include:Book an appointment now
- Infrequent shampooing
- Excessively oily skin and hair
- Sensitivity to hair care products
- A fungal infection of the scalp
What treatments are there for dandruff?
If natural treatments aren’t eliminating your dandruff, a more aggressive plan might be required. For mild dandruff, a doctor could recommend a medicated shampoo. For moderate to severe dandruff, prescription corticosteroids to rub into scalp to control itching and decrease inflammation could be the answer.
- Medicated shampoos
- Prescription corticosteroids
- Tips for smarter hair washing
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Dr. Ronea Chambers
Ronea Chambers, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She completed her internship in internal medicine while serving in the U.S. Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, in the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium. After completion of dermatology residency training at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Dr. Chambers continued her military service as Chief of the Dermatology Element at Andrews Air Force Base, MD. She has several articles published, has been featured in many publications/media and has traveled nationally for lecturing engagements. Throughout her career, she has continued to mentor and/or train resident physicians, medical and physician assistant students. The prevention and treatment of skin cancers are of particular interest to her. “My goal for each patient is to help them achieve their healthiest skin possible. It’s rewarding to use my creativity and skill to educate, equip and empower my patients so that we attain this goal together.”
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Shane O'Neil, PA-C
Shane O'Neil is a board-certified Physician Assistant from Binghamton, NY with 5 years of dermatology experience. He is married to his wife KC, who is also a physician assistant. Shane's hobbies include exercise, playing and watching sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Having recently relocated from the Washington, D.C. area, Shane is happy to now call Charlotte home. "I strive to provide easy access and excellent care so my patients can leave our office with a smile on their face."
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