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Chapter: HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR BONES AND JOINTS

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Controlling dandruff

Controlling dandruff
HEALTH CARE TIPS FOR BONES AND JOINTS

Try these suggestions to control common dandruff:

  Shampoo regularly

Start with a mild, nonmedicated shampoo. Gently massage your scalp to loosen flakes. Rinse thoroughly.

  Use medicated shampoo for stubborn cases

Look for those containing pyrithione zinc, salicylic acid, coal tar or selenium sulfide in brands such as Denorex, Head & Shoulders, Neutrogena T/Gel, Selsun Blue or Tegrin. For best results, use a dandruff shampoo each time you shampoo.

  Use tar-based shampoos carefully

These shampoos are strong dandruff deterrents, but they can leave a brownish stain on light-colored or gray hair. They can also make your scalp more sensitive to the sun. Check the label for ingredients.

  Treat your hair gently

Dandruff shampoos can be harsh on your hair and scalp. Use a conditioner regularly. For mild cases of dandruff, alternate dandruff shampoo with your regular shampoo.

  See a dermatologist

If dandruff persists or if your scalp becomes irritated or severely itchy, you may need a prescription shampoo. An antifungal cream called ketoconazole (Nizoral) often works against dandruff and is available as a shampoo.


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