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Can I catch dandruff from someone else?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Dandruff occurs for a variety of reasons. It has been related to a specific type of fungus called malassezia that typically lives on the scalp in healthy adults. It can occur in association with other health conditions that may be infectious in nature. However, dandruff is not considered contagious in and of itself.

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