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What is Dandruff?

Dandruff is a mysterious ailment and a mild inflammation of the scalp. It is a kind of an itchy, and persistent skin disorder of the scalp associated with inefficient hair care. In dandruff the scalp sheds dead epidermal (skin) cells which are some kind of visible dust-like stuff or flakes that falls from scalp to shoulders. Dandruff can happen at any age but is most commonly found in people between the ages of 12 and 80 and causes itching or soreness of the scalp . Dandruff is made up of bits of dead skin that the scalp sheds due to effects of metabolism.

Prolonged dandruff followed by itchiness, can lead to eczema if it worsens. Our entire body sheds dead skin cells every twenty-four days. If the scalp doesn't shed its dead epidermal cells then it would lead to excessively thick human scalp ,but when the shedding is very often ,then it leads to dandruff.

While dandruff does not actually cause hair loss, you can have a full head of hair and still have dandruff, it should be cleared up if possible, as a clean scalp can only help prevent hair loss. It is observed that people with dry scalp have more chances of dandruff than people with oily scalp. Also the problem with dandruff is more in the winter months than in the summer. Reason may be due to changes in humidity.

Symptoms of Dandruff

Dandruff is a common skin condition in which the scalp sheds excessive amount of dead skin(epidermis) from the scalp. Dead epidermal (skin) cells which are some kind of visible dust-like stuff or flakes are to shed(flake) from scalp to shoulders. This is the most embarrassing and most obvious sign.

Flaking causes the dead skin to fall onto the shoulders and neck in excessive amounts. The scalp shed dead cells which are invisible to human eye, but when the shedding is very often , then the cells are shed in much larger amounts and become visible and become noticeable.

Itching may be due to excessive shedding of dead cells(epidermis) from the scalp or as a result of inflammation of your scalp . This is caused by the fungus that actually causes dandruff by irritating the scalp

Redness is caused due to inflammation of the scalp and is not only found on the scalp, but other ares of the body like around the eyebrows, cheeks, behind the ears etc..

Causes of Dandruff

1.The main cause of dandruff is the presence of flaky skin region present in and around the scalp area. The scales can vary in size from small dust-like particles to large, greasy, yellow flakes.

2. The cause of dandruff are white-oily looking flakes that flake off from the scalp

Home Remidies For Dandruff

1. Your diet must consists of fruits, raw salads( cabbage, tomato, cucumber, radish, carrot etc.) , minerals, vitamins( especially vitamin A), green leafy vegetables, and raw foods

2. Also include the fibre from fresh fruits and vegetables in your new diet .Drink atleast 8-10 glasses of water daily with water as it helps to clear toxins and boost the health of the skin cells.

3. Avoid maximum of fried foods and aerated drinks, fats, sugars, salts, choclates, sea food nad peanuts and lastly dairy products.

4. Try to have atleast one egg daily. Also include whole grain cereals like wheat flour, millets and legumes in your diet as these are high in proteins and micronutrients. Yogurt is a wonder food for your hair.

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