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Observation:
Dandruff

The Merck Manual Home Edition

*[Editor] The article by Sanfillippo and English is most complete with prescription and alternative treatments for dandruff. Although they support use of ketoconazole 2% shampoo or Ciclopirox with 2% salicylic acid, they do mention shampoos containing salicylic acid, selenium sulfide, Australian Makuna oil and 5% tea tree oils as over-the-counter alternatives.

Cause:Dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis form a continuum of desquamative conditions associated with the excessive colonization of the stratum corneum by yeasts of the genus Malassezia spp. The F.D.A. approves 1.8% coal tar solution and 1.5% menthol in a shampoo to control dandruff, available over-the-counter.

Medications Used in Treatment:
1. Anti-seborrheic Medications: Selsun Blue

*[Editor] For dandruff: You can apply honey directly to the scalp, leaving it on for 15-30 minutes before washing it out with warm water. If time allows, place on a shower cap and leave the honey on the skin for several hours. To maintain its therapeutic benefit, do not use a shampoo afterward. You can add 10 drops of Low Aroma Manuka Oil Tea Tree Oil or coconut oil as well. The used amounts of Medical Grade Honey can range between 1 and 10%, but concentrations up to 70% can be reached by mixing with oils, gel, and emulsifiers, or polymer entrapment.

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