Yes, dandruff is normal and can affect anyone.
No, dandruff is not contagious. It is caused by a fungus called malassezia that is present on almost everyone’s scalp. It is not something that you can catch like a cold or the flu.
Almost anyone can have dandruff. There are, however, other factors that may make you more susceptible to developing dandruff. They include:
Age. Dandruff is most prevalent among people ages 15-50.
Gender. Men are more likely to have dandruff than women in part due to higher levels of the hormone testosterone.
Illness. People with nervous system diseases like Parkinson’s disease or compromised immune system illnesses have an increased risk for developing dandruff.
For moderate dandruff, use Denorex Extra Strength with salicylic acid. It helps control scalp build up from dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis and helps to relieve scalp irritation and itching.
For severe dandruff, use Denorex Maximum Itch Relief with coal tar. It helps treat thick, heavy build up that is a result of severe seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis. Denorex Maximum Itch Relief is formulated with MentarTM, our proprietary combination of menthol and coal tar to reduce dandruff and provide scalp relief.
We recommend using a medicated dandruff shampoo 2-3 times a week and alternating with a milder shampoo.
Most cases of dandruff do not require medical care. If your condition does not improve or worsens with regular use of a medicated dandruff shampoo, see a physician or dermatologist.