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Dr. Glynis Ablon
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How do you apply the selsun blue to the versicolor?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
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How do you apply the selsun blue to the versicolor?

I actually tell my: patients to apply it neck down in the shower and leave on for 20 minutes then wash off. They should do that daily for two weeks then the scale should be gone and they can expose their skin to sunlight ( 10 minutes only a day and no burning) which will repigment the skin. If that doesn't work they need topical or oral prescriptions to clear the fungal infection ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Gallant
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Ring worm, can I use selsun ?

Dr. Joel Gallant
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Ring worm, can I use selsun ?

No: Selsun works for tinea versicolor, but not tinea corporis (ringworm). ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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4 yr old daughter diagnosed w/ringworm of scalp, takin 125mg Lamisil and using selsun blue 3% but no help. should i take her to dermatologist?

Dr. James Ferguson
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4 yr old daughter diagnosed w/ringworm of scalp, takin 125mg Lamisil and using selsun blue 3% but no help. should i take her to dermatologist?

Depends: It takes from 4-8 weeks for the meds to rid her of the germs and normal hair growth to return.If it is past that time frame,see whomwever you wish.If not, give it some time. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
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How do you use selsun blue to treat ringworm?

Dr. Michael Tomeo
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Tinea Versicolor: Selenium sulfide at 2.5% is useful to treat the superficial yeast infection called tinea versicolor. However, selenium is not terribly effective for more typical fungal infections commonly called "ringworm". ...Read more

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Can I use selsun blue on ringworm?

Dr. Joel Gallant
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Probably won't work: It probably won't be very effective. It can work for tinea versicolor, but is less likely to work for tinea corporis (ringworm), which requires topical or oral antifungal agents. ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Can selsun blue treat ringworm in scalp?

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Can selsun blue treat ringworm in scalp?

Tinea capitus: Tinea capitus is a fungal infection of the scalp which causes itching, scaling, crusting, pustules and ocassionally infection with bacteria (kerion). Tinea capitus requires several weeks of oral antifungal medications with or without an antibacterial. Your doctor can help you determine if this is what you have. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicki Levine
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I have lot of dandruff. Can I use selsun blue? Is it harmless? I am a 26 year old male. Plz help

Dr. Vicki Levine
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I have lot of dandruff. Can I use selsun blue? Is it harmless? I am a 26 year old male. Plz help

Yes: Try using this shampoo daily for a week or two and see if your scalp improves. If not you might want to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
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I put selsun blue on & left it overnight to help with these light spots I have and when I got up to shower it off it was red and hurt to touch, help?

Dr. Robert Killian
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I put selsun blue on & left it overnight to help with these light spots I have and when I got up to shower it off it was red and hurt to touch, help?

Help?: Okay. Do not ever do this again. You irritated and possibly even burned the skin. Leave it alone and let it heal on it's own. Do not ever do this again. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Litt
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I having dandruff & itchiness. I can feel my scalp in tense situation & it cause me so pain sometimes. I used selsun blue for so long, doesn't help.

Dr. Jerome Litt
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I having dandruff & itchiness. I can feel my scalp in tense situation & it cause me so pain sometimes. I used selsun blue for so long, doesn't help.

DANDRUFF & ITCHINESS: HAVE YOU SEEN A DERMATOLOGIST YET? IF NOT DO SEE ONE. I DO NOT KNOW HOW OFTEN YOU SHAMPOO BUT I WOULD GUESS THAT IT IS NOT TOO OFTEN. I RECOMMEND THAT YOU SHAMPOO DAILY -- YES, DAILY -- FOR THE NEXT WEEK AND THEN AFTER THAT, CUT IT DOWN TO THREE TIMES A WEEK. TRY AN OVER-THE-COUNTER TAR SHAMPOO. IF IT'S NOT BETTER PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGIST. BEST LUCK. ...Read more

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Dr. Larry Eastburn
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I really need help finding a shampoo that fights dandruff but also works for extremely sensitive skin? Ive had reactions to both selsun blue and dove.

Dr. Larry Eastburn
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I really need help finding a shampoo that fights dandruff but also works for extremely sensitive skin? Ive had reactions to both selsun blue and dove.

Trial and error,: There is no rhyme or reason to the sensitivity you are experiencing. Many patients allergic to sulfa will react to Selsun. Dove is fairly mild. Neutogena is mild and non-allergenic and many of my patients have done well with Zinc products. A trial of Zincon shampoo may be helpful. If these don't work see your physician or Dermatologist for other options. Good luck and good hair. ...Read more

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