Understanding Dandruff -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner, MD on July 26, 2021

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 DandruffScaling 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.

Show Sources

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

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