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Misdiagnosis of Dandruff

Dandruff: Misdiagnosis

Many people are able to diagnose themselves with dandruff by its typical symptoms that include itching and flaking of the scalp. People who have diagnosed themselves with dandruff and whose symptoms have not improved with over-the-counter dandruff shampoos should seek medical care. A medical diagnosis of dandruff begins with taking a thorough health history, including symptoms, and performing a physical exam that focuses on the scalp.

A misdiagnosis is possible because the symptoms of the dandruff can be similar to other diseases, such as eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, Tinea capitis, head lice, and contact dermatitis.

Dandruff: Related Misdiagnoses

Rare form of hair loss often misdiagnosed: a rare form of extreme hair loss called "Atrichia with papular lesions" (APL) is often misdiagnosed as alopecia totalis. Researchers estimate that about 1 per 100 diagnoses of alopecia totalis are incorrect. See introduction to alopecia totalis.

Hair and scalp disorders misdiagnosed in African Americans: A higher than average percentage of misdiagnoses of hair or scalp disorders seem to occur in African Americans. Some of the overlooked hair/scalp conditions include cicatrial alopecia, traction folliculitis and sebhorrheic dermatitis. See hair disorders or scalp disorders.

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Dandruff:

The following list of conditions have 'Dandruff' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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