Understanding Dandruff -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Dandruff?

The symptoms of dandruff include:

  • Flakes of skin that range from small and white to large, greasy, and yellow
  • Itchy flaking that appears on the scalp or eyebrows; around the hairline, ears, or nose; or in the center of the chest or back

Call Your Doctor About Dandruff if:

Picture of Yellow Dandruff Scaling is greasy and yellow and does not respond to over-the-counter dandruff shampoos and lotions; you may have seborrheic dermatitis and need more aggressive treatment to relieve the redness, itching, and flaking.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on July 26, 2019


SOURCES: San Francisco State University Student Health Service: "Dandruff (Seborrhea)." The Mayo Clinic: "Dandruff."

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