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What is the Medical Treatment for Dandruff?
Once a health care practitioner has confirmed an individual has dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis), the main treatment includes antidandruff shampoos, cleansers, and anti-inflammatory creams and lotions. More importantly, often the most effective dermatologic treatments are combination treatments using several different medicated ingredients used at the same time.
Over-the-counter shampoos and steroid cream medications are the usual treatments. More frequent shampooing and cleansing is usually recommended.
For severe cases not responding to a combination of steroid creams, foams, sprays, or lotions, alternate treatments may be tried. A dermatologist may be very helpful for resistant cases that have not cleared with standard therapy.
Sample escalating (step-up) treatment of adult dandruff by a dermatologist:
Skin care routine for mild dandruff:
Skin care routine for moderate or severe dandruff:
What Are the Medications for Dandruff?
Topical cortisones are safe when used appropriately under a physician' s care and guidance. As there are some, possible long-term side effects of all steroids, they should be used sparingly and only where needed. Many cortisone preparations are available including ointments (more greasy, clear, petroleum-based) creams (thick, white, and lubricating), lotions (light, flowing liquid), solutions (clear watery liquid, often alcohol-based), sprays (clear liquid in propellant), and foams (light, airy mousse).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/24/2016
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