Ask The Doctor > Questions & Answers > Can dandruff cause hair loss?

Can dandruff cause hair loss?

Patient: I am a 20 year old female college student and first noticed hair loss on the left side of my head, around the temple area, about four months ago. I don’t have a bald spot, but that area is getting progressively thinner. I have always had a sensitive scalp, and I currently have dandruff and an itchy, burning scalp. Could the dandruff be the cause of my hair loss?

 

 

Symptoms: Hair loss mostly on the left side of head, itchy/burning scalp, dandruff

 

 

Doctor: Hair loss is seen due to many conditions like seborrhea (dandruff), fungal infections, anxiety, depression, sleeplessnes s, etc. Your complaints typically match to seborrhea , i.e. dandruff. You need to apply shampoos for dandruff under supervision as it will effectively treat the condition and reduce hair fall too. Consult a dermatologist for confirming the diagnosis and get treated under supervision.

 


Ask The Doctor
    Ask The Doctor
Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

Book Appointment