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Headphones and head lice?

Headphones and head lice?

Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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Does the head and shoulders citrus breeze dandruff shampoo work?

Does the head and shoulders citrus breeze dandruff shampoo work?

Zinc pyrithione: Zinc pyritione is a known compound that can help with dandruff - but you need to alternate with another shampoo such as salacylic acid, coal tar, selenium sulfide to really keep the dandruff away. ...Read more

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Should I use head and shoulders conditioner after washing Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo?

Should I use head and shoulders conditioner after washing Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo?

You Can: Head and shoulders typically has selenium sulfide in it which has a different mechanism of action that Nizoral (ketoconazole-an antifungal). These topicals are typically used to treat seborrheic dermatitis/dandruff. Because each works differently, you may get more of an affect using both. Good luck! ...Read more

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Have lice after shaven head help?

Have lice after shaven head help?

Lice or scabies or?: Although scabies usually doesn't affect the scalp, if it were, it would be behind ears and at base of head. Shaving your hair off would usually have treat pediculosis (lice). Have your doctor evaluate you. Treat you scalp/body with a scabicide such as permethrin as directed, or perhaps ivermectin. Scabies is caused by a skin-burrowing mite, so would not be affected by shaving. Could be fungal. ...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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Itching head /scalp, hair falling out in strands very easily, in shower on pillow, no ringworm signs can see scalp through my hair, balding?

Itching head /scalp, hair falling out in strands very easily, in shower on pillow, no ringworm signs can see scalp through my hair, balding?

Dermatologist: A dermatologist can evaluate the type of hair loss you're having. He/she may order some blood work including thyroid function tests. If no health issues are found, you may be dealing with genetic predisposition but I recommend that you then consult a hair stylist for advice about your hair care. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of head lice with medicated shampoos?

Can you get rid of head lice with medicated shampoos?

Yes: Rid, and other over the counter shampoos for lice work in most cases. Eggs are harder to get rid of. Wide tooth comb with vinegar on cotton ball will help remove eggs. ...Read more

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I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

Check again: I would thouroughly check your head and hair again for any remaining lice or nits. Often, many of the treatments need to be repeated one week after initial treatment. Also, keep in mind that the shampoos used to treat lice can cause some irritation to the scalp which can induce itching and may not represent a residual lice infestation. ...Read more

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What's the best shampoo for Eczema? Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Clear or soap?

What's the best shampoo for Eczema? Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Clear or soap?

Find the cause: Shampoos might be more appropriate if its actually seborrhea. Eczema calls for a search as to its cause and correcting whatever it is -- you may even be allergic to a hair care product. ...Read more

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Falling hair and skin head itchiness?

Falling hair and skin head itchiness?

Many possibilities: Those are very common and nonspecific symptoms. A viral infection can do it, as can stress, various medications, and certain medical conditions. A good evaluation, including blood testing, by a physician will narrow down the possibilities. ...Read more

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Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Depends: Head lice are hard to see.It is the active lice, jumping to your hair that could infect you, not the eggs.The eggs are glued to the hair.However, if there are eggs visible, there are likely living lice on the scalp.They could transfer in a hug, or on shared hats/scarves/combs or brushes. ...Read more

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Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

No: Certain of the shampoos may make your hair dry and possibly crack particularly with overuse. Your hair should not fall out. ...Read more

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Will medicated shampoos work on head lice?

Head lice: Usually yes. In some cases cutting the hair may be needed. Remember the shampoo will have to used daily for quite some time. ...Read more

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Does every product of head and shoulders anti dandruff work to remove dandruff fully?

Does every product of head and shoulders anti dandruff work to remove dandruff fully?

Not necessarily: You can learn more about the different formulations and active ingredients here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/head_%26_shoulders. ...Read more

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Head and shoulders anti dandruff shampoo good for pityriasis versicolor?

Not potent enough: No it is not potent enough to treat pityriasis versicolor you need selsun sulfide, zinc pyrothione, miconazole, Clotrimazole and terbinafine all these are available over the counter in lotion form, shampoo or cream. ...Read more

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How long can head lice survive on my furniture and clothes?

A few days: Lice starve to death in 1-2 days off the human host. Nits however survive longer. A nit hatches 7-9 days after the egg is laid. As a result it is recommended to first treat the lice on the "host" then wash clothes, bedcovers and vacume furniture. Also wash brushes and combs. ...Read more

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Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Head lice: If you use rid or another over the counter treament, you only use it once, rinse and comb out hair. Some repeat in a week. I have not seen it change the color of peoples hair, but call you colorist. ...Read more

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I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair ; massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular ; you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more

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How to reduce hair fall, an itchy oily scalp and dandruff?

How to reduce hair fall, an itchy oily scalp and dandruff?

See a dermatologist: There are several kinds of alopecia, which is a fancy term for hair loss-any hair loss. Autoimmune alopecia AREATA is NOT what you have. A dermatologist will help you. Meanwhile you can use a dandruff shampoo every day in the shower. Selenium sulfide, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, and zinc pyrithione are OTC shampoos in common use. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

A condition in which hair gets infested with tiny parasites that feed on blood ...Read more


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more