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Dr. Walter Husar
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Exsel (Overview)

Exsel is a skin-related agent.


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How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Selenium sulfide should work well but you can also try dandruff shampoos that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. See a Dermatologist if these don't work. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
16 doctors shared insights

Exsel (Overview)

Exsel is a skin-related agent.


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Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Selenium sulfide is used in topical creams (for dermatitis, or "rash") and shampoos (notably selsun blue, for dandruff). The easy answer is yes and the complicated answer is no. The reason? It is categorized as "c" meaning there are no studies in pregnancy documenting it's safety. So, doctors say, "if the benefits outweigh the unknown risks, go ahead." so...Shampoo -- yes. Topical cream -- no. ...Read more

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I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

A few days: The irritant or allergic contact reaction should go away in a few days without continuing contact. A topical cortisone may hasten the recovery a little. ...Read more

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What are the consequences/effects of long term use of selenium sulfide shampoos?

What are the consequences/effects of long term use of selenium sulfide shampoos?

Not really any: Long term use of selenium sulfide shampoo doses not appear to have any significant effects. It can in some cases cause skin irritation and rash. It is the active ingredient in Head and Shoulders shampoo. ...Read more

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I m using candid tv(clotrimazole 1%, selenium sulfide 2.5%)to treat tinea versicolor, but doesn't seeing much progress?What should be my further tratment

I m using candid tv(clotrimazole 1%, selenium sulfide 2.5%)to treat tinea versicolor, but doesn't seeing much progress?What should be my further tratment

How Long?: Did you get a definitive diagnosis for tinea versicolor? How long have you been using the medication? It often takes a few weeks before you see results. If after 4-6 wks you don't see any improvement, talk to your dermatologist for a re-evaluation and change of medication. ...Read more

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I just bough selsun blue with selenium sulfide how to apply ?, how long till you rinse it?, and how often i need to re do ? 1every week, 1 every 2 week

I just bough selsun blue with selenium sulfide how to apply ?, how long  till you rinse it?, and how often i need to re do ? 1every week, 1 every 2 week

Seborrhea: Selsun blue is a brand name shampoo for the treatment of seborrhea (dandruff). Most people benefit by shampooing to a good lather and then letting the medication sit on the scalp for about 5 minutes. You want this time to penetrate the scalp. Depending on your severity depends how often you may use it. If it is severe a dermatologist can rx a stronger shampoo if needed. ...Read more

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What are the consequences/effects of long term use of selenium sulfide shampoos?

Not really any: Long term use of selenium sulfide shampoo doses not appear to have any significant effects. It can in some cases cause skin irritation and rash. It is the active ingredient in Head and Shoulders shampoo. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have dandruff selenium sulfide treatment problems?

What do you suggest if I have dandruff selenium sulfide treatment problems?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Try other over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. See a Dermatologist if these don't work. Take care. ...Read more

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How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Selenium sulfide should work well but you can also try dandruff shampoos that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. See a Dermatologist if these don't work. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Not exactly: For what people call "ringworm", the medical name is tinea corporis, and the treatment is lotriminaf (or a similar antifungal). The lotriminaf is over-the-counter. For tinea versicolor, which is different from tinea corporis, and looks more like lots of little spots on the oilier parts of the body (usually the trunk, neck, face), one can use the 2.5% selenium sulfide lotion or shampoo. ...Read more

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Does head and shoulders selenium sulfide help ringworm on scalp?

Does head and shoulders selenium sulfide help ringworm on scalp?

No: Selenium-containing dandruff shampoo helps treat a mild fungus on the skin, called tinea versicolor. The shampoo doesn't get rid of ringworm on the scalp, which is a different type of tinea infection, called tinea capitis. A dermatologist or a primary care doctor can help with ringworm of the scalp. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Selenium sulfide is used in topical creams (for dermatitis, or "rash") and shampoos (notably selsun blue, for dandruff). The easy answer is yes and the complicated answer is no. The reason? It is categorized as "c" meaning there are no studies in pregnancy documenting it's safety. So, doctors say, "if the benefits outweigh the unknown risks, go ahead." so...Shampoo -- yes. Topical cream -- no. ...Read more

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Can tinea versicolor build immunity to selenium sulfide? Should I limit how often I treat it this way?

Can tinea versicolor build immunity to selenium sulfide? Should I limit how often I treat it this way?

Ans: Times versicolie is a benign condition for which there is no good to. Not much helps in other words. Sometimes will disappear on its own ...Read more

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How does selenium sulfide reduce tinea versicolor? Are there risks to long term use as a treatment?

Fungal infection : Tinea versicolor is a common skin condition related to overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in your body. Selenium sulfide shampoo is safe and helps with treatment and prevention of tinea versicolor. ...Read more

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I need a shampoo with 2% of selenium sulfide to treat tinea versicolor. Which one do you recommend i get?

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Selsun Blue: Selsun blue contains selenium sulfide. Other shampoo that can treat this condition contains 1% ketoconazole (available over the counter) and 2% ketoconazole (available by prescription). If the tinea versicolor is extensive and not improving with the shampoos, you should visit your dermatologist to start on an oral pill. ...Read more

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I think I have 2 ringworms on my scalp. Will washing with selsun blue get rid of them? It says it has 1% selenium sulfide as the active ingredient.

Unlikely: If it is true scalp ringworm, the topical lotions can reduce the surface growth but the problem is deeper.Scalp ringworm gets down into the root system of the hair and usually requires oral prescription meds that get there through the blood. IF your problem is really a ringworm, it is unlikely to go away with such treatment. ...Read more