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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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Body Lice (Definition)

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


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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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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


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