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Dandruff Treatments

Dandruff: Treatments Inroduction

Dandruff is a chronic condition that comes and goes and is not curable. However, with a well integrated treatment plan, symptoms of dandruff can be effectively controlled and minimized.

Treatment of dandruff includes prevention of flare-ups by shampooing as directed with an over-the-counter shampoo that contains a special ingredient. These shampoos include formulas that contain selenium sulfide (Exsel, Selsun Blue), salicylic acid (Scalpicin, X-Seb), or zinc pyrithione (DHS Zinc, Head & Shoulders). Other dandruff shampoos include those that contain coal tar (DHS Tar, Neutrogena T/Gel, Polytar). Using dandruff shampoos effectively generally includes leaving the shampoo in the hair longer than for regular shampoos. For best effectiveness, it is important to closely follow manufacturer's directions or physician recommendations.

In some severe cases of dandruff, prescription medication may be needed. Medications may include a corticosteroid lotion, which reduces inflammation and itching. This is often used in addition to a dandruff shampoo.

Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat secondary bacterial infections that can be a complication of dandruff.

Treatments for Dandruff

The following treatments are listed for Dandruff in our knowledge base:

  • Ordinary shampoo - may be adequate for mild cases of dandruff.
  • Anti-dandruff shampoos - contains selenium, zinc, sulphur or tar.
  • Shampoo twice - often as directed on dandruff shampoo bottles.
  • Rotate different dandruff shampoos
  • Ketoconazole
  • Hydrocortisone lotion
  • Oiling the scalp
  • Olive oil on the scalp - only a few drops
  • Nizoral
  • Vitamin B2 - possibly used for related vitamin B2 deficiency
  • There is no cure but various measures can be helpful:
  • Topical corticosteroid
  • Warm olive oil on infant scalps may loosen scales
  • Shampoos containing zinc or ketoconazole
  • Salicyclic acid shampoos
  • Antifungal creams
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Adding essential fatty acids and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) supplements to diet may help in some cases

Alternative Treatments for Dandruff

Alternative treatments, home remedies, other other complementary therapies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Dandruff in various sources may include:

  • Aromatherapy shampoo
  • Rosemary oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Pine oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Clary sage oil
  • Eucalyptus rinse
  • Scalp massage
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc
  • Selenium sulfide-containing shampoo
  • Tar-containing shampoo
  • Zinc pyrithione-containing shampoo
  • Ketonazole-containing shampoo
  • Alternate different therapeutic shampoos
  • Apply dandruff shampoo for 10-60 minutes
  • Steeped goldenseal root rinse
  • Steeped bay leaf rinse; leave 60 minutes
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Apply yogurt with L. acidophilus for 30 minutes
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Olive oil scalp treatment
  • Mineral oil scalp treatment
  • Shampoo frequently
  • Thyme tea rinse
  • Shampoo for extended time
  • Psoriasin scalp liquid
  • Moderate sunlight exposure
  • Reduce stress
  • Eggwhite and lime juice scalp treatment
  • Neem and sesame oil massage
  • Brahmi oil scalp massage
  • P&S liquid for seborrheic dermatitis

Drugs and Medications used to treat Dandruff:

Some of the drugs and medications used in the treatment of Dandruff may include:

  • Betamethasone (systemic)
  • Celestone
  • Celstone Soluspan
  • Betaject
  • Betnesol
  • Soluspan
  • Betamethasone (topical)
  • Beta-Val
  • Diprolene
  • Diprolene AF
  • Luxiq
  • Maxivate
  • Betaderm
  • Betnovate
  • Celestoderm-EV/2
  • Celestoderm-V
  • Glycol
  • Diprosone
  • Ectosone
  • Prevex B
  • Taro-Sone
  • Topilene
  • Topisone
  • Valisone Scalp Lotion
  • Chloroxine
  • Capitrol
  • Ciclopirox
  • Loprox
  • Penlac
  • Cutar
  • DHS Tar
  • DHS Targel
  • Doak Tar
  • Estar
  • Exorex
  • Ionil T
  • Ionil T Plus
  • MG 217
  • MG 217 Medicated Tar
  • Neutrogena T/Gel
  • Neutrogena T/Gel Extra Strength
  • Oxipor VHC
  • Pentrax
  • Polytar
  • PsoriGel
  • Reme-t
  • Tegrin
  • Zetar
  • SpectroTar Skin Wash
  • Targel
  • Coal tar and salicylic acid
  • Sebcur/T
  • Pyrithione Zinc
  • DHS Zinc
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Clean
  • Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2-In-1
  • Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care
  • Head & Shoulders Extra Fullness
  • Head & Shoulders Refresh
  • Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky 2-In-1
  • Zincon
  • ZNP Bar
  • Tiseb
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ionil
  • Ionil Plus
  • Keralyt
  • LupiCare Dandruff
  • LupiCare II Psoriasis
  • LupiCare Psoriasis
  • Neutrogena Body Clear
  • Stri-dex
  • Stri-dex Body Focus
  • Tinamed
  • Sebcur
  • DHS Sal
  • MG217 Sal-Acid
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Versel
  • Head & Shoulders Intensive Treatment
  • Selsun
  • Selsun Blue 2-in-1 Treatment
  • Selsun Blue Balanced Treatment
  • Selsun Blue Medicated Treatment
  • Selsun Blue Moisturizing Treatment
  • Sulfur and Salicylic Acid
  • Aveeno Cleansing Bar
  • SAStid Plain Therapeutic Shampoo and Acne Wash
  • Fostex
  • Sulfur and Sulfacetamide
  • AVAR
  • AVAR Cleanser
  • AVAR Green
  • Clenia
  • Nocosyn
  • Plexion
  • Plexion SCT
  • Plexion TS
  • Rosanil
  • Rosula
  • Sulfacet
  • Zetacet
  • Sulfacet-R

Treatments for Causes of Dandruff

Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Dandruff:

More causes: not all possible causes for Dandruff are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Dandruff.

Treatment Notes

Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.

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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