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How to know if you have lice or dandruff when you itch?

How to know if you have lice or dandruff when you itch?

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 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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How to know if you have lice or dandruff when combing over dark surface?

How to know if you have lice or dandruff when combing over dark surface?

Lice Are ALive: Lices are bugs you can see. The nits or eggs are generally difficult to remove hairs, but dandruff tends to come right off. ...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?

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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How do I get lice and dandruff?

How do I get lice and dandruff?

From others & self: Lice are a parasitic insects that are easily shared. Head lice are frequently seen in children. http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/ dandruff is dry scalp skin. ...Read more

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Can you get lice if you have dandruff?

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 more

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How do I know if I have dandruff or lice?

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 more

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How can I tell if I have lice vs dandruff problems?

Both are itchy: With lice you see the nits or egg of lice.Dandruff shows the flakes or seborrea .Both presents with too much scalp itching. ...Read more

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How can I know the difference between lice and dandruff?

Nits vs dandruff: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff. ...Read more

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Is there a way to tell whether you have bad dandruff or lice?

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

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Please explain, other than, lice and dandruff, what can cause constant itching?

Please explain, other than, lice and dandruff, what can cause constant itching?

Many things: poison ivy and scabies are just two examples of conditions causing severe itching. there are many other things you can come in contact with that will cause itching. ...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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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

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How can one with black hair tell if he or she has really bad dandruff or lice?

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 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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I've been noticing dandruff in my hair with some itching can it possibly be lice?

I've been noticing dandruff in my hair with some itching can it possibly be lice?

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

Body Lice (Definition)

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


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Pediculosis (Definition)

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