CureFactor for Pityriasis capitis (dandruff)


Pityriasis capitis (dandruff):
Pityriasis capitis commonly called dandruff is common dermatology condition which almost effects the major group of people especially during pubertal age.
Pityriasis capitis is a condition characterised by easily detectable  epidermal scaliness of scalp.


  • In hair follicles,sebaceous glands secrete sebaceous secretion(sebum) in normal composition. but in Pityriasis capitis excessive scretion of sebaceous scretion occurs
  • Pitryosporon of malassez is secondary invader.

Predisposing Factors:

  • Endocrine disorders.
  • Chronic illness.
  • Imbalance diet.

Clinical Features:

  • Pityriasis capitis has insidious onset and affection of Pityriasis capitis is more on scalp extending to eyebrows,eyelids,beard.
  • Pityriasis capitis is of two varity Pityriasis sicca(dry variety) and Pityriasis stertoides(greasy variety).
  • Pityriasis sicca is common in individuals with dry skin and commonly occurs in winter season.
  • Pityriasis stertoides is common in seborrhoiec skin and occurs in warm,humid weather.

Pityriasis sicca lesions are covered with grayish white scales and crusts,easily detachable,constantly falls on clothes. Hair dry lustreless.


  • Resolves with correction of cause
  • Good prognosis

Pityriasis stertoides lesions are covered with yellowish,thick,waxy scales and crusts,beneathe which the scalp is red,dry. Matting of hair,gradually thinning of hairs which fall of easily.


  • Prognosis variable

General Management:

  • Correcting the underlying cause.
  • Frequent washing of the scalp.
  • Avoid using fancy soaps,switch to non irritanting mild soaps.
  • Avoid oiling of scalp especially in greasy variety.
  • Regular massaging of hair in dry variety.
  • Improve general health.