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Doctor insights on: Head Lice Vs Dandruff

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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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Dandruff (Definition)

Dandruff is when dead skin cells from the scalp shed. As skin cells die a small amount of flaking is normal. Some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking either chronically or as a ...Read more


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What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

Fungal Infections: One of the most common causes for scalp sores are ring worm on scalp otherwise called Tinea capitus. Bacterial infections can also cause sores on the scalp ...Read more

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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

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

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My daughter is scratching her head, no lice no dandruff what could be the cause?

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

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How do you know if you have lice or dandruff my head is always itchy?

How do you know if you have lice or dandruff my head is always itchy?

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 more

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If you have really bad dandruff and your heads really itchy how do you know if you have lice?

If you have really bad dandruff and your heads really itchy how do you know if you have lice?

Have someone look: You need to have someone experienced in seeing lice and their eggs check your hair and scalp. If you know a school nurse they can do it, otherwise a doctor. ...Read more

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My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff . What might be causing it ?

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

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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.

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

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What does it mean when your head itches and you don't have lice/dry scalp or dandruff?

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

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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

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

Yes you can have: eczema of the scalp, or seborrhea or psoriasis. Lice would not appear the same, but could cause itchiness and sometimes some red bumps at the base of the scalp. It's best to go back to the dermatologist or your primary care physician and have it checked. ...Read more

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I have these itchy bumps on my head, they're not from lice or eczema, I do suffer from dandruff though?

I have these itchy bumps on my head, they're not from lice or eczema, I do suffer from dandruff though?

Dandruff: is a kind of inflammation, can cause itching and bumps, try OTC shampoo first, use it regularly, if doesn't improve, see your doctor, you might need more medicines then ...Read more

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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

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How to remove head lice?

How to remove head lice?

Cetaphil: Cetaphil and a hairdryer can eliminate lice.www.ehow.com/how_2123367_treat-head-lice-cetaphil.html this website gives a great description of how to do the treatment. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice?

How to remove head lice?

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 more

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How are head lice spread?

Contact: Sharing combs, headgear or sleeping or lying on same furniture. It is common to spread within a classroom or within a household.Each person needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Can head lice really be harmless?

Lice: Lice can cause significant itching. The lice can transmit diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever &relapsing fever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Head lice?

What are the symptoms of Head lice?

Head lice: A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A person may develop sores from scratching. Scratching can be significant enough to prevent good sleep. ...Read more

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How is head lice formed on your head?

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 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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Head Lice (Definition)

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