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    Default Stubborn Dandruff

    My grown son has a really bad case of dandruff. He's tried all of the
    dandruff shampoos, and Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment seems to
    be the only thing that helps a little. He even tried a vinegar rinse
    after I read about that somewhere. Does anyone know of a tried and true
    home treatment? I can't get him to go to the Dermatologist.


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    It is possible that it is due to a fatty-acid deficiency. He needs to stop
    eating man-made fats (margarine, shortening, most veg oils) and switch to
    real butter and olive oil. I could go on and on. But that's it, basically.
    No man-made snack foods and prepackaged foods.

    This will work better than topical treatments, because it is the root of the
    problem.

    You also may want to research Candida, sometimes it can manifest as
    dandruff.

    Lynda

    P.S. More info from a website (I added the underline):

    Candida Can Cause Many Negative Symptoms That Can Be Misdiagnosed

    Back in your intestines candida will eat sugars and starches. It will
    ferment them creating alcohol. In some cases it can create enough alcohol to
    negatively effect you by causing mild symptoms of intoxication or hangover
    chronically.

    In the digestive tract it causes gas to be produced as a byproduct of
    fermentation. As it grows in the intestinal tract it takes over sections
    that do not have friendly bacteria. Because of this it grows in only certain
    areas of the intestines. If you could take out the intestines and open them
    up Candida would look like streaks or blotches appearing very unevenly in
    certain areas while other areas would be normal.

    Candida needs food to grow just like parasites do. The more food Candida
    has, the more it can grow. In tends to grow like a weed in your intestines.
    When it has food it perks up and spreads. Your own immune system can inhibit
    its growth it most cases. But when enough friendly bacteria are killed off
    by "Cipro" your immune system will not be able to fight off Candida.

    Candida can be seen in the vagina of a woman. It can appear as a frothy like
    beer foam or like cottage cheese producing itching and burning and well as a
    sweet odor. This is the classic vaginal yeast infection.

    In the mouth, it's overgrowth is called "thrush". It causes a heavy white
    coating on the tongue as well as white spots on the gums, the sides of the
    mouth or the corners of the mouth. It can look fuzzy or like cotton and is
    painful. A green, yellow or white coating on the tongue may also come from a
    sinus infection or allergy and that may involve Candida.

    Candida can invade the sinuses, the ears, and the creases of the skin where
    we sweat and cause chronic infections that continue to return despite
    treatment. It can invade the scalp and cause dandruff.

    When this happens the scalp will get particularly itchy and may itch when
    you eat sweets. Dry flaky scalp may mean Candida is causing B vitamin
    deficiencies.
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    Actually, tea tree oil may help temporarily because it is anti-fungal.
    While you are working on the root cause

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    Nancy, After he washes and rinses his hair, have him use a bottle of hydrogen
    peroxide on his head. It WILL work. I got rid of a serious problem caused by
    allergies that way after trying $8 bottles of Selsun Blue (which also worked,
    but the price!). Good luck to him. Carolyn P.S. He needs to keep his eyes

    tightly shut until he rinses the peroxide out - and that's the 3% peroxide!!
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    There is something called "Z" bar. Although it is
    prescription strength he could go to his local doc and
    not a derm doc. You use it twice a week on the face,
    body, hair and it has zinc in it. It helps with the
    exzema
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    You could also try dermatop, another cream for exzema
    he could get through your son's medical doc instead of
    a derm doc. I have bad exzema but you wouldn't know
    it because i use the Z bar twice a week and derma top
    and it makes my skin very smooth and soft and no
    flakes! Both things you need a perscription for.
    Also, if your son is shampooing too much, it could be
    causing more exzema. His scalp is probably getting
    too much soap and is reacting to it. Why does your
    son have a problem going to a derm
    doctor?
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    Thank you to all of you for your very helpful answers to my question
    about my son's dandruff problem. I'm printing the last 2 digests and
    giving them to him and hopefully one or more of your suggestions will
    help. It's worse in the winter, he said it gets better when it's warmer
    outside. He has tried so many over the counter remedies, and they don't
    help much.

    He hates going to the doctor for some reason, but he may have to break
    down and go. He also doesn't have any health insurance right now, so
    that's a factor.

    Gotta run and get ready for work! Thanks again.

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    Your son may be able to see a nurse practicioner for
    less than the cost of seeing an MD. He may be getting
    the exzema more because of the dry cold weather. How
    much does he shampoo? I can only guess that he doesn't
    have the heavy exzema in the summer because the head
    usually has more oil on the skin and is not so dry and
    caked. And maybe his hat if he wears one can be
    irriatating the skin on his head too
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