Basic Summary for Dandruff


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Main name of condition: Dandruff
Other names or spellings: scalp dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis


What is Dandruff?
  Brief description of Dandruff: White flaking and dryness of the scalp.
  Parent types of Dandruff: Hair conditions, Dermatitis
  Organs Affected by Dandruff: hair, scalp
How many people get Dandruff?
  Prevalance of Dandruff: 50 million
  Prevalance Rate of Dandruff: approx 1 in 5 or 18.38% or 50 million people in USA [about data]
Who gets Dandruff?
  Patient Profile for Dandruff: Common in teens and young adults
How serious is Dandruff?
  Prognosis of Dandruff: Excellent. Usually harmless. Some social embarrassment.
  Complications of Dandruff: see complications of Dandruff
What causes Dandruff?
  Cause of Dandruff: Pityrosporon ovale yeast on the scalp.
  Causes of Dandruff: see causes of Dandruff
What are the symptoms of Dandruff?
  Symptoms of Dandruff: see symptoms of Dandruff
Can anyone else get Dandruff?
  Contagion of Dandruff: Not contagious.
  More information: see contagiousness of Dandruff
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Dandruff: see treatments for Dandruff
Society issues for Dandruff
  Hospitalization statistics for Dandruff: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Dandruff:
  • 0.002% (207) of hospital consultant episodes were for seborrhoeic dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 94% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 58% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 42% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 77% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 4.1 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for seborrhoeic dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for seborrhoeic dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 22 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for seborrhoeic dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 18% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 10% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 12% of hospital consultant episodes for seborrhoeic dermatitis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.001% (691) of hospital bed days were for seborrhoeic dermatitis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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