A recent survey of several countries worldwide revealed that 70% Indians suffer from dandruff. One basic reason for this is that often many cases which are NOT of dandruff; end up being labeled as dandruff, treated with various oils, shampoos and home remedies, resulting in even more worsening of the condition. Before you get started in treating dandruff, identify your condition correctly. Dandruff can be classified into 3 categories – the good, the bad and the ugly dandruff.

The good dandruff- This is just dryness of the scalp which occurs in winter season, lasts for 15-20 days and disappears on its own. It never causes any hair loss or scalp damage and therefore qualifies as the ‘good dandruff’.

The bad dandruff- The bad dandruff are scalp fungal infections. Here the flakes are more severe, cause much more itching and irritation of the scalp and quite a bit of hair loss as well, but when correctly medicated, responds well to treatment and even the hair loss resulting from it can be improved.

The ugly dandruff- In the third variety, ie. the ugly dandruff, are scalp conditions like psoriasis, where there are large flakes on the scalp, like pieces of skin. This condition can worsen considerably and spread to all over the body, leading to much distress and therefore qualifies for being called the ‘ugly dandruff’.

Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.

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