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How To Know If You Have Lice Or Dandruff
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
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
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
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
I have dandruff and my brother has lice. Does having dandruff increase or decrease my chances in receiving lice?
No relation: that I know of, but you both can get easily treated, ...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
I have dandruff but i do not have lice or bed bugs. what would cause the sensation that bugs crawled on you where there are no bugs? i thought dryness
Yes: I agree that the dryness may cause itchiness which gives you that sensation ...Read more
My friend has these little white bugs that crawl around in her hair. Its not lice or dandruff. It's bigger than lice and it's alive. What could it be and can it be treated?
Lice: Your description is a bit creepy. If you want to try a first step go buy some NIX (permethrin) germicidal shampoo and apply it to the scalp for a couple of hours. Rinse it out well. Examine the hair shafts for nits (white cacoons) and cimb or pick them off. Wash all the bedding and buy new combs etc. It maybe better to go right to the doctor with examples in hand to get a more aggressive approach. ...Read more
See derm: See dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...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
Itching can be lice: It is sometimes to see lice but they lay eggs at the hairline & they are visable as white pearl like blebs the size of a pin head. Hair grows about 1/2 inch/mo so distance away from the hair base tells you how long they have been there.If only dandruff & no nits you could be dealing with a scalp fungus. ...Read more
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