Brush It Off – those embarrassing white flakes

Most everyone has endured those embarrassing white flakes on their shoulders. This time of year it could be snow or dandruff — a seasonal condition most common in cold weather. Warning signs of the white stuff include dry, itchy scalp, flaking, and red, irritated skin. You’re more prone to dandruff, according to, if:

  • You’re a male between young adult and middle age
  • You have excessive oily skin
  • You eat a poor diet
  • You have certain illnesses.

If you’re left scratching your head, try these suggestions…

  • Purchase over–the–counter dandruff shampoos: There are many to choose from at your local store or pharmacy.
  • Get a prescription: Don’t flake out if symptoms persist for several weeks; just visit a doctor. The condition is rarely serious (it’s not contagious) and is often easily treated. A dermatologist may determine your dandruff is being caused from another skin condition, such as seborrheic dermatitis.

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