Common "Dandruff" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Dry and flaky skin in the scalp is called dandruff. It makes the scalp itchy, and oily-looking flakes of dead skin can be seen on the hair, neck, and shoulder. It is not a serious condition and can be controlled by using shampoos that contain zinc pyrithione, tar, selenium sulfide, or Ketoconazole.

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I have severe hair loss and a receding hairline following heat treatments. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am an 18-year-old who had very long and dense hair five years back. But I had a huge hair loss due to chemicals and heat treatments. Now I do not have even 10 percent of my hair and I think I would go bald. Should I trim or cut my hair? My hairline is receding and I am very stressed. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your first query consult is on us! It is normal for 100 to 150 strands of hair to fall every day. So it should be considered as hair fall only if the number of hair strands is more than this. Generalized hair falls in females are mostly due to stress, poor sleep, po...  Read Full »

I have hard, red and white lumps on my scalp. What are they?

Query: Hello doctor,I have these red and white hard lumps on my scalp. Some are not lumpy but, are just marks. Can you tell me what they are and how to get rid of them? I have dandruff as well.  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It can be pityriasis sicca. The diagnosis can be confirmed with a trichoscopy and skin biopsy. Consider the application of Onabet B lotion (Beclomethasone and Sertaconazole) at bed time over the scalp for 14 days. Use a shampoo that contains 2 % Ketoconazole to w...  Read Full »

I have dry skin, hair loss, and dandruff. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about scalp issues and hair loss. I am 17 years old, pretty thin, and have celiac. I had dry skin on my face for a while but about nine months ago I immediately started to lose hair, experience uncontrollable dandruff, and my skin became dryer than ever. My individua...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Diet has nothing to do with acne so keep taking fruits and other stuff. Thyroidal abnormalities are among the most common causes of alopecia so do not underestimate it even when it looks very small. Genetics do play a role in cases of androgenic alopecia but are not solel...  Read Full »

I have dandruff and hair fall even after using Ketostar shampoo. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from hair fall and more dandruff. I am using Ketostar shampoo for the past four months. Dandruff is very irritating. Kindly help me.  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Ketostar shampoo contains Ketoconazole which acts when dandruff is due to fungal infection. But dandruff can be due to many other causes like chemical dermatitis (sometimes due to retained shampoo), dry scalp (regularly using too warm water on the scalp), etc. Some of...  Read Full »

Please suggest me the ways to remove the scar and the black spot in my face.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old male. My height is 5'8" inches. Some years ago I had an accident, and there are scars and black marks on my face. Please suggest me the ways to remove the scar and the black spot from my face. Also please provide me a solution for my dandruff.  Read Full »

Dr. Hari Hara Sudhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A black mark on the face can be quite worrisome. It can be treated, but I need to know how deep was the wound and is the mark accompanied by any scar? It will be helpful if you could provide a photo of the same. For the time being, apply Aloevera gel (natural) over t...  Read Full »

How can I overcome hair loss and an itchy scalp?

Query: Hello doctor,I have severe hair loss and irritation in my scalp. Is this related to patterned hair loss? I want to know more about it. I am in my early thirties; therefore, my hair has started to gray. Is the itching in my hair due to graying? I would like to fix my hair loss and itching issues. I s...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I can provide you with some general information on hair loss, itching, and related skin issues. I suggest you consult a dermatologist or a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to y...  Read Full »

I suffer from persistent acne. Kindly guide.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 17 years old and male. I am concerned about my skin, and it is causing me insecurities. I have been dealing with frequent acne for years, but it has decreased in the last two months with the use of skincare products. However, I now have brown acne pigments on my cheeks. Dandruff h...  Read Full »

Dr. S. Renjana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Oral medications are necessary for treating acne. I suggest the following: Take 100 mg of Doxycycline twice daily for two weeks. Apply Benzac AC gel (Benzoyl peroxide 2.5 percent) on your acne. After two weeks...  Read Full »

Why did my cheek turn white on applying Selsun blue shampoo?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 37 year old male. From my childhood, I had white patches (skin discoloration) that come and go and I was informed that was due to dandruff. I always use moisturizer. I read an online post and I applied Selsun blue shampoo on one side of the cheek where there were light wheatish pat...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What do you mean by white patches? Was it diagnosed as Pityriasis versicolor or vitiligo? Please send images. What medications have you used till now?   Read Full »

In winter my skin burns, scalp itchs with dandruff. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am feeling a pin prick feeling and burning sensation in my skin when getting warm or the temperature rises during winter. I also have an itchy scalp and dandruff appears just after shampooing. Is this due to any skin problem? Currently, I am taking Levocetirizine Dihydrochloride and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to and thank you for choosing us as your provider for medical care. Please send some high-resolution photos to differentiate the fungal infection in your hair. It can be either a fungal infection with folliculitis or seborrhea capitis. I would suggest you use Salisia KT ...  Read Full »

Why do I have scalp issues and dandruff?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18-year-old boy. I am trying to grow my hair out, but I have been told that my scalp is not able to breathe normally, and I get more dandruff. Now, I think that the idea of the scalp not being able to breathe properly is a bit false, but it could be true. Please give your opinion....  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, I am glad you chose icliniq for your medical-related queries. I understand your concern. It is not uncommon to experience dandruff, and while scalp breathing is not a scientifically recognized concept, several factors can contribute to scalp issues: Dryness: If your scalp is dry, it can lea...  Read Full »

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