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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

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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My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff. What might be causing it?

My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff. What might be causing it?

Possible Fungus: Of the 5 common causes for itchy scalp (Seborrhea (dandruf), Psoriasis (inflammation), Fungus (ring worm), Head Lice, and Allergy), Fungal seems most likely. Try using an Anti-fungal shampoo or scalp cream. The pharmacist should be able to point out one that is safe for your son's age. Follow the directions on the shampoo. If this does not help, you should have his scalp examined. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What does it mean when your head itches and you don't have lice/dry scalp or dandruff?

Itch: Itching scalp could be due to all the causes you listed, but it also could be due to a fungal infection. The type of shampoo you use can also cause this so I recommend switching to a hypoallergenic product if you haven't already. Also stress can sometime result in somatic symptoms such as itchiness, see your doctor soon to find the cause and get relief. ...Read more

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Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?

Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?

Smelly Hair: Basically, unpleasant odor in hair arises due to microbial growth on oily scalp. Factors like poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating, strenuous physical activity, overactive sebaceous glands on scalp, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, cigarette smoking etc contribute in causing smelly hair. ...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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How would get rid of a itching scalp but it's not lice or dandruff?

How would get rid of a itching scalp but it's not lice or dandruff?

? Dry scalp: Try massaging scalp and hair with Cocconut oil. Let it stand overnight and wash the hair next day. And do not wash hair every day. Maximum 3/week. Hopefully tho will help. ...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

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Hi there Dr. Matthew! I've been experiencing scalp itching for months now, and I've been using lice shampoo and dandruff treatments for a while. But nothing seems to be working!

Hi there Dr. Matthew! I've been experiencing scalp itching for months now, and I've been using lice shampoo and dandruff treatments for a while. But nothing seems to be working!

See answer: Best wld be to see a dermatologist who can examine you and be able to give u proper treatment. If u still want to try a home remedy use white vinegar daily on ur scalp and have head bath after 10-15 minutes. It helps to put organic coconut oil on the scalp for 15 minutes prior to putting the vinegar. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference between lice and dandruff?

What's the difference between lice and dandruff?

Different: Lice is an infection, caused by a contagious agent. Dandruff is dry skin on the scalp. ...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

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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