What Causes Dandruff?
Dandruff can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose dandruff, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dandruff" as a symptom. Here are six possibilities:
- Vitamin B6 Need
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- EFA Need
- Liver Congestion
* symptoms can be very similar
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
macrocytic red cells
mildly elevated TSH
fatty food intolerance
microcytic red cells
regular unexplained nausea
ear wax build up
poor mental clarity
negative reaction to coffee
major fatigue for over 12 months
... and more than 110 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dandruff:
|Vitamin B6 Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
** Symptoms can be very similar
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Existing Skin Conditions
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about dandruff:
Do you have dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis)?
→ No / don't know
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either dandruff or severe dandruff, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Psoriasis is an inflammatory skin disease in which skin cells replicate at a rapid rate. Although the symptoms of psoriasis – silvery scales covering reddened areas of the scalp – appear similar to dandruff, psoriasis is very different. New skin cells are produced about 10 times faster than normal, but the rate at which old cells are shed is unchanged. Live cells then accumulate and form the thick patches covered with flaking skin.
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