Strange form of dandruff

Strange form of dandruff

Q: I am a 17-year-old male and I have an unusual form of dandruff. The flakes are dry and about 1.5cm in diameter and I have to peel them off. The condition started as a small patch about six years ago and has since spread all over my scalp.

My friends and teachers have asked me to seek treatment, but I am too embarrassed to do so. I have tried using anti-dandruff shampoos but to no avail and the condition has intensified. Please help.

A: You may be suffering from something more than mere dandruff. It is more likely that you have sebopsoriasis, a flaky scalp condition which has overlapping features between seborrhoeic dermatitis and psoriasis.

I suggest that you consult a dermatologist for a clinical examination.

Your dermatologist will then discuss your previous treatment in detail and prescribe some suitable de-scaling and anti-inflammatory medication.

DR DERRICK AW
Consultant dermatologist at National University Hospital

This article was first published in Mind Your Body, The Straits Times.

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