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Head Lice Vs Dandruff
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
There are little tiny bugs in my hair. Not lice or nits or fleas but they look almost like little flies. If I itch my head ( dandruff ) I find them.
Hard to say: These could be bedbugs, by your brief description, but only a visit to your doc or dermatologist would allow a proper label. ...Read more
We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff
Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. in very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more
Examine your scalp: Lice lay eggs called nits on the hair near your scalp. Nits adhere to the hair while flakes from dandruff are easily brushed off. If you cannot wash or brush the particles off you may have lice. If you are not sure, see your doctor to confirm. The treatment for lice is sold over the counter at any pharmacy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff . What might be causing it ?
Possible Fungus: Of the 5 common causes for itchy scalp (Seborrhea (dandruf), Psoriasis (inflammation), Fungus (ring worm), Head Lice, and Allergy), Fungal seems most likely. Try using an Anti-fungal shampoo or scalp cream. The pharmacist should be able to point out one that is safe for your son's age. Follow the directions on the shampoo. If this does not help, you should have his scalp examined. Hope this helps! ...Read more
What exactly do lice do? Suck your blood? What's their life span? I have blood spots over my head. Also have dandruff. Use head and shoulders.
Human only parasite: Head lice are a human specific parasite meaning it has no non-human carriers like bugs or animals.It lives off human blood ,feeding several times a day.It lives close to the scalp to maintain its body temperature & will die after a 30 day lifespanor in 2 days if separated from its food source.It is often passed to a new host in combs,brushes,hats or scarves.It is not effeced by common shampoos. ...Read more
Itch: Itching scalp could be due to all the causes you listed, but it also could be due to a fungal infection. The type of shampoo you use can also cause this so i recommend switching to a hypoallergenic product if you haven't already. Also stress can sometime result in somatic symptoms such as itchiness, see your doctor soon to find the cause and get relief. ...Read more
Is there such thing as having eczema in your head? or is it lice?dandruff?
also i have seen a dermatologist but that was earlier this year
I have these itchy bumps on my head, they're not from lice or eczema, I do suffer from dandruff though?
I have a really itchy head i don't have lice I use dandruff shampoo for dandruff why is this it's really annoying me as i've tried lots of shampoos?
See a dermatologist: You have tried all of the usual simple solutions to this. Get an exam and find out if there is any other specific process in place and find how to deal with it. ...Read more
Various methods: A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get from others: Head lice are small insects that do not form on your head, but you get them from others. They lay eggs, called nits, which are glued to the hair shafts. Head lice do not cause disease but have a high 'yuck' factor! several treatments are available to get rid of them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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