Dandruff (seborrhea) is a form of eczema that affects the areas of the skin that are often oily. The most common place of occurrence is the head, although it can occur in other parts of the body such as the face, folds of skin, ears and chest.
Cost and Financing of Dandruff Treatments
The average cost of dandruff treatments varies quite a bit. For over the counter, the costs range from about $10 to $30, and for prescription drugs, the cost only reaches about $30. Because the cost of these treatments is inexpensive, the best way to finance them is to talk to your doctor or dermatologist to see about getting samples first, to know which one will work for you. After you have determined this, proceeding with the recommended treatment should be simple and inexpensive.
Over-the-Counter vs Medical Treatments
Over-the-counter treatments include shampoo, creams and other topical ointments and may be used as long as needed. However, because of the strength of the prescription medications, doctors usually only prescribe them for up to a month. Prescriptions are only suggested for those with very bad dandruff (seborrhea or psoriasis). The reason for this precaution is that if your dandruff can be treated by non-prescription drugs it should be, because sometimes these medications may cause the worsening of dandruff in those with mild conditions.
Insurance usually covers prescription medications, so chances are you will be covered by insurance in this case. However, you may want to choose not to use it since the costs are not very high to correct this problem, especially if your insurance has a limit they will pay each year.