Head | Dermatology | White Flakes of Scalp (Symptom)
White Flakes of Scalp: Description
Dandruff is the scalp scaling when some flakes on the hair, neck and shoulders are observed.
White Flakes of Scalp: Causes
Dandruff is caused by a form of skin condition called eczema, which causes excessive flaking of the scalp of normal cells. Changes in hormonal status and change from one season to another aggravates the pain. Common symptoms are flakes white, oily or dry hair can be observed, shoulders and scalp itching. The head can be either excessively dry or excessively oily.
Dandruff is in the form of film skin, resulting from elimination of superficial skin layers. When the body is losing skin and the scalp is affected by this process than any other body part is an alarming sign. Depending on which part of the body is facing dermatitis, dandruff is in the form of small scales dry (scalp shows no irritation or redness) or heavier and denser scales (scalp is sprinkled with red spots) that stick to the wires accumulating hair oil, cosmetics and hair care products remains.
The most common cause is the flaking scalp; Seborrheic dermatitis is a rash that causes excessive flaking of the scalp. The cause is still unknown; the foliculitis is a microscopic fungus that usually occurs in areas of skin fat. People who deal with dandruff have a problem with this fungus. As the epidermal layer is continuously renewed, cells are pushed outward and the dead flaky. In most people these flakes of skin are too small to be visible. However certain conditions increases cell renewal rate, especially on the scalp. For people with dandruff, skin cells can mature in 2-7 days to eliminate the duration of one month in healthy individuals.
Risk factors for dandruff include: chronic disease, young and middle age, as people grow old shows no dandruff, yet for some people the problem can last a lifetime, men suffer more frequently dandruff because they have glands that produce sebum higher and due to hormonal influence, seborrheic skin, diet low in zinc, vitamin B or some types of fat, a hereditary component.