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NARRATOR: Dandruff.It's white, it's flaky,it's annoying.But who actually gets it?
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN:Many people get dandruff.In fact, most of us will get itto some degree at some pointin our lives.However, some people are moreprone to getting it than others.
NARRATOR: Many infants geta type of dandruff that usuallydisappears between six monthsand one year of age.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: I thinkmany of usare familiar with the formof dandruffthat even babies get.We commonly call it cradle cap.This is a form of dandruff thatis really thickand yellow and scaly.It's a more major formof the type of conditionthat we get as adults,and often goes awaywith minimal treatment, or evenno treatment,as babies get older.
NARRATOR: Many of usthink dandruff is a resultof dry skin.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: Whatreally happens with dandruffis you have inflammationof the scalp, which causesan increased turnover of skin.As the skin is turning over veryquickly,you get a sloughing off,or flaking off, of the skincells, and that's what makesit appear dry.But in fact, that's justa consequenceof the inflammationand the increased turnoverof skin.
The dandruff happens more oftenin the oily areas of the body.Consequently, it also happensin people who have an increasedoil production in their glands.It doesn't mean you have to haveoily skin to get it,but it does mean that if you do,you may be more likely to getdandruff.NARRATOR: Some people may beafraid to get close toor touch someone that hasdandruff, for fear it may becontagious.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: Dandruffis not contagious.It may be associatedwith a yeast,although that yeast isnontransferable from one personto another.Dandruff is simplyan inflammatory conditionof the scalp, and it can occurin anyone.You cannot give it from oneperson to another.
NARRATOR: Stress surrounds usin our daily lives.And while it certainly affectsus mentally, it can also affectus physically.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: Stressabsolutely can worsen skinconditions.Anyone who may be predisposedto having dandruffcan get a flare.
NARRATOR: While some hairissues, such as balding,may be genetically linked,dandruff isn't one of them.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: We don'tknow of any specific waysthat dandruff is hereditary.However, it's really, reallycommon, so I see it in familymembers, but I see it asfrequently in people who are notrelated, as well.
NARRATOR: For many people,dandruff is easilytreatable with over-the-countershampoos.But if dealingwith your condition on your ownisn't working, don't give up.
CHYNNA STEELE-GRIFFIN: Makean appointmentwith your dermatologist to getto the bottom of it.