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How can you manage severe dandruff?

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Sometimes even the best anti-dandruff shampoo won't get rid of a stubborn case. Your dermatologist might prescribe a steroid cream that you rub onto the affected area once or twice daily. You may also need an antifungal medicine that you take by mouth or apply to your scalp or skin to get rid of the yeast. You may need to apply an oil-based medicine and leave it on your scalp overnight under a shower cap, if the problem is on your head.

From: Is My Dandruff Severe? WebMD Medical Reference

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Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, “Dandruff.”

Amy McMichael, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

University of Michigan Health Service: "Dandruff."

Nemours Foundation: "Dandruff."

Cleveland Clinic: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

Ferri, F. Mosby Elsevier; 2011. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012, 1 ed. st

Habif, T.  Mosby Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Dermatology, 5 ed. th

American Academy of Dermatology: “Why see a dermatologist.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, “Dandruff.”

Amy McMichael, MD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

University of Michigan Health Service: "Dandruff."

Nemours Foundation: "Dandruff."

Cleveland Clinic: "Seborrheic Dermatitis."

Ferri, F. Mosby Elsevier; 2011. Ferri's Clinical Advisor 2012, 1 ed. st

Habif, T.  Mosby Elsevier, 2009. Clinical Dermatology, 5 ed. th

American Academy of Dermatology: “Why see a dermatologist.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on March 06, 2019

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