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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
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
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
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
See derm: See dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
? 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
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
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
There are little tiny bugs in my hair. Not lice or nits or fleas but they look almost like little flies. If I itch my head (dandruff) I find them.
Hard to say: These could be bedbugs, by your brief description, but only a visit to your doc or dermatologist would allow a proper label. ...Read more
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
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
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
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