Dandruff is a common chronic problem in youngsters. It is marked by flaking of the skin of the scalp and usually accompanied by itching. Though it is harmless but it can be embarrassing for those who have it. There are some myths about dandruff such as it is caused by dryness, a flaky or itchy scalp is dandruff, it usually occurs in winters and similarly others. In fact, dandruff is caused when scalp is flaky due to too much oil rather than too little oil. In some people, the yeast starts to feed on the excess oil and dead skin cells on the scalp, causing the skin cells to shed more frequently and clump into flakes. A flaky itchy scalp is not the only symptom of dandruff; it can be seborrhoeic dermatitis or psoriasis which should be diagnosed by doctors. Lastly, due to oil production, dandruff can appear in summers too.
Some causes of dandruff are oily scalp, not shampooing often, sensitive to hair care products etc. There are shampoos and scalp products available in our market but they are not effective in controlling it properly. These products contain ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, zinc pyrithione, coal tar, salicyclic acids etc. but some people are allergic to these.
Homoeopathy has a good cure for cases of dandruff. The results can be seen in nearly 90% of the cases. Some medicines such as Thuja, Kali Sulph, Badiaga, Natrum Mur, Phosphorus etc. are really effective in controlling the dandruff and related problems. However, these medicines should be consumed only on specific prescription by a Homoeopathic physician depending upon the detailed case study of the patient and his /her constitutional aspects. Apart from the medicines, the management of one’s scalp and hair is also necessary to control the dandruff and related issues. Regular washing of scalp, using better hair care products, use of less sticky oils, use of nutrition gels instead of regular hair oils, taking good protein diet which tends to improve the hair growth, getting head massages, regular exercise or yoga and meditation will help improve one’s overall health, and specially hair issues.
(This article is authored by Dr. Swati Garg (BHMS and MD Scholar in Homoeopathy). She has a practice of her own and has a good track record of treating patients with dandruff and other health issues. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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