The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Dandruff

Dandruff is a common skin problem that affects billions of people worldwide. While many people have experienced dandruff in their life at one point or another, there's still more people being born everyday. So there's still millions of people that may not have had to deal with dandruff so far in their lives. Dealing with dandruff is one thing, but in order to treat it and cure it, you first have to be able to recognize it. So let's take a look at some of the most common signs and symptoms of dandruff, so you know what you're dealing with if it ever happens to you.

Flakes in Hair or Behind Ears
If you suddenly develop yellow or white flakes in your hair, or behind your ears, chances are it's dandruff. While there are a number of other skin conditions that also present with white flakes, 9 out of 10 times it will most likely be dandruff. Behind the ears, it may feel oily and running your fingernail along the back of your ear may scrape up some of the dandruff. It's best to not pick at it too much though, as this can make matters worse in some situations.

Flakes on Shoulders
If there are flakes in your hair, they will probably also appear on your shoulders when wearing black clothing, as the flakes fall off your scalp. Sometimes, the first place a person will notice flakes is on their shoulders, which later lead to a diagnosis of dandruff. People who have chronic dandruff problems will often choose to avoid wearing clothing with darker colors because of this.

Itchy Head
The most common symptom of dandruff is an itchy head or scalp. Even if there are no white flakes present, an itchy scalp is usually one of the first indicators that a person has dandruff. Scratching at it may help you temporarily feel better, but for many people, scratching the skin only irritates it more and makes it even more itchy. This can also produce more white flakes, since you're basically digging the dry skin off of your scalp with your fingernails.

Redness on the Scalp
Most people have thick hair covering their head, but other people may be able to see their scalp through their hairline, or may even be bald already. If you notice redness on your scalp, it could be any number of different skin conditions. But dandruff should be the first thing that's ruled out before assuming that it's anything else. Dandruff can cause a scalp to be red, either naturally or as a result of a person's excessive scratching.

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