Condition: Dandruff / itchy scalp

Dandruff is the body’s reaction to a yeast that normally lives on the skin.

What causes someone
to have dandruff or an itchy scalp?

Dandruff is the body’s reaction to a yeast that normally lives on the skin. It is very common among adults. The body’s immune system reacts to the yeast causing inflammation, redness and itching, usually resulting white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp.

Some fungal infections and inflammatory skin conditions can result in scalp flaking and itching. Inflammatory conditions include psoriasis, eczema, lichen planopilaris.


What are the
treatment options available?

For seborrheoic dermatitis, shampoos, anti-inflammatory lotions and tablet treatments are available. A large number of treatment options are available for psoriasis, and eczema and are prescribed taking into account other skin sites that may be affected. Anti-inflammatory lotions and tablets are used for lichen planus.


Dandruff / itchy scalp Specialists

By having a complete and integrated team of sub-specialty experts under one roof we ensure that patients are seen by the right consultant at every appointment. Our hair and scalp health specialists cover a wide range of dermatological conditions, and our dedicated allergy specialists are recognised leaders in their field.