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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

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 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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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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Is it bad not to ever use conditioner on your hair if it's only 2 inches long? And can you clean your hair with conditioner only?

Is it bad not to ever use conditioner on your hair if it's only 2 inches long? And can you clean your hair with conditioner only?

Conditioning ok: There is no reason not to use conditioner on hair that is only 2 inches long. Conditioner helps to detangle, moisturizer and make hair more manageable. Find a conditioner with ingredients that will work for your hair type. You can clean your hair with conditioner only, a process known as co-washing ...Read more

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How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

How to know if I have dry scalp or dandruff?

Treat for Dandruff : See Dermatologist. Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Try over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; selenium sulfide, which can limit cell turnover and decrease the amount of fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. ...Read more

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Can lighter fluid kill lice & how long do you have to leave it on your head?

Not a good choice: Once lice notice an environmental change, they can hibernate without breathing for up to 18 hours.This agent would kill by immersion or inhalation. This material might kill a few active lice but is unlikely to effect the egg casings.The risk of accidental ignition and a serious burn would make this a poor choice.Several over the counter products are available. ...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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Is it safe to continue school and go to public places when you have dead nits? How do you tell if they are dead, or just hatched?

If no live lice: If you do not see any live "crawlers" you are ok to be in a public place. Nits are the eggs, if you apply permethrin dose twice 2 weeks apart that should take care of the lice if they hatch ...Read more

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I bought some Nix (permethrin) Cream Rinse with 1% Permethrin. How long do I need to keep it on my skin to treat scabies? Or is it strong enough to kill them?

I bought some Nix (permethrin) Cream Rinse with 1% Permethrin. How long do I need to keep it on my skin to treat scabies? Or is it strong enough to kill them?

Scabies treamtment: the recommended treat for scabies is 5% pernethrin in a cream form for 12hour, The cream rinse would not be enough, also worry about exposure to the solvant . I will not use it, also make sure diagnosis is correct . ...Read more

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How to know if I have lice or pubic lice and what can it do to me?

How to know if I have lice or pubic lice and what can it do to me?

Looks like bugs: They look like little black specks around the hair shaft. They also move and look like bugs. Aside from itching, they are really nothing more than a nuisance. They can spread easily to others so treating them with a anti lice shampoo is helpful. ...Read more

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If you have shaved your beard a lot and your chin is black, now how can you remove the blackness?

If you have shaved your beard a lot and your chin is black, now how can you remove the blackness?

Depends...: ...On what is causing the skin darkening. You may be shaving too aggressively and causing something called postinflammatory hyperpigmentation. There are creams which will lighten darkened skin, but you'll have to change your shaving technique. A dermatologist will be able to tell you exactly what is causing the problem and how to treat it. ...Read more

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Please advise if it's me or do all doctors tend to brush you off or roll their eyes when you mention a natural treatment or remedy for something ?

Please advise if it's me or do all doctors tend to brush you off or roll their eyes when you mention a natural treatment or remedy for something ?

Natural treatments: Not "all" doctors react that way regarding natural treatments or remedies. For instance, dr. Fowler uses acupuncture -- and I use classical homeopathy as well as other safe, natural treatments where indicated. Some of my colleagues are intolerant of what they don't understand and don't have time to learn about.There are also many physicians trained in both conventional ; complementary approaches. ...Read more

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After using permethrin cream for crabs do the dead nits have to be removed or do they just fall off?

After using permethrin cream for crabs do the dead nits have to be removed or do they just fall off?

Use the comb: Most of the critters will fall off, but the comb that comes with the kit will help remove the eggs; or keep using the cream. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a lash from extensions fall in your eye, and you aren't sure if it got out, what happens to it? How will you know if it's gone or in there still?

If a lash from extensions fall in your eye, and you aren't sure if it got out, what happens to it? How will you know if it's gone or in there still?

It will come out: The combination of tears, mucus from the eye glands and the natural movement of eyelids will drive the eyelash, if it is still there, towards the inner end of the eye and it will come out. It may be embedded in matter when it comes out. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if you have killed the head lice are the eggs dead as well?

Not always. Depends : On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...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