Did you know...?

Did you know...?

Most dandruff shampoos (like Head & Shoulders, Selsun and Nizoral) are actually antifungals. There is a common fungus (Malassezia globosa) that causes the outer layer of skin on the scalp to grow faster than normal and flake off. For some people with dandruff skin cells may be shed in 2-5 days compared with normal skin cells that last for almost a month.

Dandruff is normal. Nearly 50% of people in the world have some form of dandruff. Itching is one of the most common symptoms of dandruff. It is triggered by histamine, a chemical in your body that is released in response to inflammation. When your body releases high levels of histamine, you feel the uncontrollable urge to scratch which may leave the scalp red and irritated. Scratching sheds the outer layer of skin cells of dandruff flakes to get rid of the irritation. 

Submitted by: Tom Callahan, RPh, HealthSource Batavia Pharmacy