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How Can I Tell If I Have Lice Vs Dandruff Problems
Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more
See below: Obviously if you find the live adults, you have your answer, but if you are looking for the nits, they are only viable if attached to the hair less than 1/4 inch from the scalp, otherwise, it has hatched or is dead. Any white looking nits beyond this on a hair could be dandruff or a dead or empty nit. Magnifying glasses can help. ...Read more
Also....: Sometimes people who see something in their hair have trouble deciding if it's dandruff or lice. The way to tell is simple; if it's stuck to your hair, it's a nit (egg). If it falls off or you lose sight of it when you touch it lightly, it's dandruff. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Yes: Lice are a human only parasite that doesn't care how well you keep up with your hair.It is only interested in feeding off your blood, which it does several times daily.Normal shampooing and cleaning do not bother the lice.They can go into brief hibernation and hold their breath for 18 hours, so you can't suffocate them during shampooing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different presentati: Dandruff is shedding of dead skin cells from the scalp and causes flaking which is visible on brush or comb and sometimes on your cloth collars and can cause itching and is easy to recognize without ever going to the doctors scalp lice can cause itching and one may be able to see live lice on close exam of the scalp..It is spread by person to person contact and is usually seen in children. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Headlice or Dandruff: Dandruff are flaky, itchy scalp lesion called seborrheic dermatitis treated with Nizoral or other tar shampoo and scalp will clear up. Head lice is also itchy scalp with nits seen attached to hair strands mostly in the neck area. Pull out each nits after shampoo with kwell (lindane) or Ovide to avoid transmission of lice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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