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Ltryptophan's avatar

How do I get rid of this dang dandruff?

Asked by Ltryptophan (9102 points ) March 16th, 2010

K, I have not gone to the dermatologist yet, but I am really trying to avoid that if I can. Does the fact that this dandruff won’t respond to OTC stuff mean that I have parkinsons??? What are the chances of that? Anyone have any tricks/recommendations before I turn this over to the butchers(doctors, lol j/k).

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FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I have no idea how it could be related to Parkinson’s. Does it affect your ears, eyebrows, face either side of the nose or chest? I saw the dermatologist for dandruff yesterday, and apparently I have a mild case of seborrhoeic dermatitis.

lilikoi's avatar

I’m sure it is unlikely that you have parkinsons…. My bf has dandruff like this and it is starting to make me itch (figuratively). I don’t like derms, either, but I’ve been bugging him to go see one. If you figure out how to get rid of it, please let me know!

Coloma's avatar

I have never heard of a correlation bewteen Parkinsons and dandruff.

Could it be that this ‘Dang’ dandruff is a different strain of dandruff with more serious complications?

Do your hands shake when you reach for the Head & Shoulders? hahahahaha

lilikoi's avatar

^lol. sorry, it was just too funny.

knitfroggy's avatar

My daughter has serious dandruff. She has really thick, long hair and doesn’t get it rinsed properly. We make her use Selsun Blue and that clears it up. She has almost black hair so it really shows badly.

faye's avatar

Parkinson’s and dandruff? Head and Shoulders works for me. My daughter had some brown very medicinal smelling shampoo. I think she used too much hair product and didn’t brush it out at the end of the day.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh well what did the doc say!!!??

liminal's avatar

Tea tree oil

Pandora's avatar

There is an excellent shampoo that works wonders. My daughter had eczema for years and nothing would get rid of the eczema/dandruff she had that wouldn’t dry her hair excessively. A friend of ours recommended this shampoo and my daughter got rid of all her flakes in two weeks time and has not had it return in 3 months. Her scalp hasn’t been cleared for years and we tried medications doctors gave us and every other popular dandruff shampoo. Nothing worked even a little.
Its called DHS zinc shampoo. We’ve only been able to find it in walgreens.

Ltryptophan's avatar

why do so many flutherites seem to either have dandruff or know something about it…etc. Is dandruff an epidemic??

Coloma's avatar

Perhaps you should pow wow with the questioner needing help with green hair. lol

Ltryptophan's avatar

i’ve been tried everything…never selsun blue though, or that DHC stuff Pandora recommended. My girlfriend scratches my head sometimes, could this be a cause??

Coloma's avatar

Hmmm….it’s possible she has infected you with Parkinsons through her scratching. Can’t you get some of those soft claws for her? lolololol

Pandora's avatar

@Ltryptophan DHS, not sure what you would get if you buy DHC but it might be for the other end. LOL

lilikoi's avatar

I’m not sure how fast it spreads, and if it could qualify as a true epidemic.

It is certainly common. We’ve tried, H&S, tea tree oil, various tar shampoos, T-Gel, shampoo with tea tree oil in it, scalp conditioners…is this the case w/ you, too @Ltryptophan?

That DHS one has 2% blah-blah zinc whereas H&S only has 1% – wonder if that makes a difference? It might? Selsun Blue and the H&S Intensive Treatment (I think this is the dark blue bottle) seem to be basically the same thing – active ingredient in both is Selenium Sulfide @ 1%. We have the latter now, and it does not work and it stinks on top of that and dries out my fingers when I touch it. Yuck.

Coloma's avatar

I’m not inviting you dandruff epidemic types to my house for dinner hahahah

Ltryptophan's avatar

@lilikoi yah. The dandruff wised up to this crap i think…

Ltryptophan's avatar

The fungus among us..

lilikoi's avatar

@Pandora Thanks for the DHS rec. I am going to recommend that to my bf right now.

Pandora's avatar

@lilikoi I think its common because allergies are common and eczema like asthma is common. What most people have on their scalps is a mild case of eczema.
@Ltryptophan If what you have is eczema and not really dandruff, and your girlfriend has eczema than yes she can spread it to you if she scratches any of her sores. Eczema is contagious to other people who get it. Some people have only mild allergies and easily write off eczema as dandruff, dry skin or just a rash.

Coloma's avatar

Makes me want to sing White Christmas. lololol

lilikoi's avatar

Wait – I have eczema! I mean, it has been dormant for a while, but its somewhere in there. I don’t think it is contagious. Do you mean one person’s flare up can entice another person’s to flare up? Dandruff certainly seems to be contagious…

@Coloma You are hilarious!

Pandora's avatar

@lilikoi Your welcome. I am so greatful for this product. My daughter has started to really enjoy her hair for the first time in years. The dandruff would really get her depressed and she hated to be among a group of people because she was afraid everyone would think she doesn’t shower or wash her hair. Hope it works as well for him. People don’t understand how embarressed people are about severe dandruff.
Oh, I just saw your question. Yes. Eczema is contagious to other people who have eczema but you have to have scratched and inflamed area and then touch them. Its not contagious to people who don’t share the condition. Of course you have to have a flare up at the time. If your skin is perfectly healthy at the time then there is nothing to spread.

Coloma's avatar

I’m sorry…this just struck me as so funny, couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play a little! lol

I’m not laughing AT anyone, I am just laughing period! hahaha

Ltryptophan's avatar

I’ve heard it is connected to diet as well. If you eat to many sugars…or something.

Just_Justine's avatar

If it is really severe, I saw this on my mom before, and it was so odd, no one could say exactly what it was. The doctors put it down to stress. It could also be medication. Change of hormone balance. It could even be psoriasis. I think your best bet is a dermatologist for a correct diagnosis then correct treatment. Good luck!

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

@Ltryptophan As I said, I have mild seborrhoeic dermatitis.

Ltryptophan's avatar

@FireMadeFlesh What did the doc prescribe?

iam2smart99037's avatar

I use Suave dandruff control, and it works great. I also used a Garnier dandruff control shampoo that was effective as well. You really can’t go wrong with any of them.

lostinyoureyes's avatar

Cut out or decrease sugar from your diet. For serious.. check out the causes of dandruff and this is one of the big ones. I get so much dandruff after the days I binge on candy…

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

Cetaphil was the main one, to act as a cleanser for my face and to apply to badly affected areas. I can’t remember the name of the other one. He told me to wash my hair 2–3 times a week. Apparently it is also stress related.

mirifique's avatar

Reduce excess sugar and alcohol intake, get a prescription for prescription strength Nizoral and use it 2–3x/week, and don’t let the water hit your hair for more than 1–2 minutes when you take a shower, and preferably take a cold shower.

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