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Is There A Way To Ease The Itching Caused By Lice
Head lice: Itching may continue even after all lice are destroyed. This happens because of a lingering allergic reaction to their bites. Over-the-counter cortisone (corticosteroid) creams or calamine lotion may help. For severe itching, antihistamine medicines (such as benadryl) or stronger, prescription-strength corticosteroid creams may be needed. Don't give antihistamines without doctors permission. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My head itches, its not lice, i think my head is just dry. I have been checked. Dont say go to the doctor! what should I do? Please help!
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
Check again: I would thouroughly check your head and hair again for any remaining lice or nits. Often, many of the treatments need to be repeated one week after initial treatment. Also, keep in mind that the shampoos used to treat lice can cause some irritation to the scalp which can induce itching and may not represent a residual lice infestation. ...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
Uncertain: If these are red itchy dots on the skin,then possibly. Lice eggs appear white and typically are on clothing. Often rash over the hairy body regions. You should have this checked with your primary care doctor to make sure. A magnifying glass may be required to actually see the eggs on clothing and/or lice. Others: dermatitis, skin irritation, other bugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi my head has been itching for at least 2 months now, and i have found 2 bugs in my hair one recently and one about a month ago, they look like lice?
ID bugs, then treat: There is an excellent YouTube video to help you identify lice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA7rZ2dI5lw. If this is what you see in your hair, consider using the Rid for Lice 1-2-3 Kit, sold on Amazon for less than $40. There are other natural product choices listed in the same section. Be vigilant to assure success against adult lice and their eggs. Treat your surroundings. Don't despair. ...Read more
See derm: See dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...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
I have a itching scalp but its not lice and i've scratched so much it bleeds and scabs up what can I use to prevent this please help?
Selenium or coal tar: No really! is always best to see a doctor before the training regimen but you may save some time by using one of the two shampoos that i recommend. The first is selenium sulfide and is in many different brand names. Coal tar is used in t gel shampoo and i highly recommend that one, it maybe stinky but it does work. I tell my patients to use the shampoos three times a week and rinse after 10 min. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a crawly feeling on my scalp with some itching, this occurs in different places on my head and comes and goes. No head lice I checked.
When I scratch my scalp oily dadrunff comes off with some black specks that are freaking me out! Used lice shampoo over 3 times but itching wont stop?
Freckles? blackheads: I do not think that the problem is lice. It may be blackheads, which is pigments in the sweat glands from another bacteria or detritus or a reaction to the oils in your hair. Use just a simple cleansing shampoo to start, and see a dermatologist for diagnosis. Or use HealthTap Prime &upload pictures. Good luck, & thanks for asking Health Tap! ...Read more