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Scalp (Definition)

Scalp is the part of the skin on the skull, deeply attached to the skull and has the hair shafts from it. Rest of the skin in the head like facial skin (beard) has only 2 layers -epidermis and dermis. Scalp has 5 different layers unlike facial skin/rest of skin all over body. Scalp-s-epidermis, c-conn. Tissue, a-aponeurosis, l-loose areolar conn. Tissue and p- pericranium attached ...Read more


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Itchy scalp, prob no hair lice. Orange like freckle like non raised spots and scaling too, comments would be appreciated. Thanks?

Itchy scalp, prob no hair lice. Orange like freckle like non raised spots and scaling too, comments would be appreciated. Thanks?

Itchy Scalp: Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It causes scaly patches, red skin and stubborn dandruff. Seborrheic dermatitis can also affect oily areas of the body, such as the face, upper chest and back. Treatment is with T-gel shampoo and prescription strength cortisone. Read more

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I have had an itchy scalp for a month. More around the nape of head. No lice. I also have small red bumps that are tender to touch. What could or be?

I have had an itchy scalp for a month. More around the nape of head. No lice. I also have small red bumps that are tender to touch. What could or be?

Get checked out: Sounds like you may have folliculitis (an inflammation / infection of the hair follicles) or seborrheic dermatitis. See a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Both conditions respond well to treatment. Read more

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How can you cure an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

How can you cure an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

Some options: Avoidance of heat/cold, prolonged sun exposure, tight clothing to start with. Keeping the scalp moisturised and using a course of steroid creams helps. Read more

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Is there a good cure for an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

Is there a good cure for an itchy scalp from radiation treatment?

Ask your doctors: There are many medical treatments your therapist can offer you if you ask. Most times they may advise you to use of oils/ creams to treat dryness of the skin and flaky skin which will relieve the itching. Read more

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What is the best treatment for itchy scalp?

Thorough Hair Wash: The treatment is three folds; 1. Don't use the oil for hair untill the ithcy scalp is treated. 2. Use medicated shampoos like polytar (coal tar) thrice a week to wash hairs thoroughly. 3. Always rinse the hairs thoroughly before applying shampoo. Read more

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I've seborrheic dermatitis white flake itchy scalp symtoms get worse when I eat diary nuts fish soy my IgE level is 498 is any treatment available?

Atopic Dermatitis: You may have atopic dermatitis (ad) rather than seborrhea. About 40% of persons with ad have food allergy triggers. Allergy testing might reveal allergic triggers that you are unaware of, and avoidance these could make a big difference. Consult an allergist. Read more

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What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Depends: There are various treatments for head lice, mostly with different types of insecticides. It is always important to follow the instructions of the medicine you were prescribed in order to optimize your results and to avoid potential side effects. Some compounds are derived from chrysanthemums, namely permethrin. If you are allergic to the flowers, have asthma or a pregnant discuss this with md. Read more

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Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Head lice: If you use rid or another over the counter treament, you only use it once, rinse and comb out hair. Some repeat in a week. I have not seen it change the color of peoples hair, but call you colorist. Read more

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Can I keep nix (permethrin) lice treatment on overnight?

No: The manufacturer recommends to leave it on the patient's hair for 10 minutes. Most importantly, this is an insecticide that paralyze the lice, thus what you want is to grab the fine comb and do an extensive combing as indicated in the instructions, so the patient does not shed the lice all over. Keep in mind that there is resistance to this type of drugs, thus follow up with pcp is important. Read more

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What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

Cetaphil cleanser: Use gentle cetaphil skin cleanser. Apply to hair and scalp. Wait 2 minutes, then comb out. Wash your hair 8 hours later. Repeat once a week for 3 weeks. You can hold the mayo! Read more

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How can we get lice nits out of medium length hair. Lice treatment stuff doesn't work.?

How can we get lice nits out of medium length hair. Lice treatment stuff doesn't work.?

See link: This is a really good link: http://www. Askdrsears. Com/topics/childhood-illnesses/lice. Also see your doctor. If the nits are more than 1/4 inch away from the scalp they are probably dead and just need to be combed out. Read more

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I used a lice treatment yesterday. Will flat ironing my hair kill the eggs attached to my hair?

Doubt it will work: Active lice lay their eggs at the scalp line. You will see some further out because the hair grows out with the incubating egg attached. You are bound to miss some. Soaking your hair in a pickling vinegar to loosen the attachment and combing the eggs out with a fine nit comb works well Read more

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Please tell me, could I get a lice treatment somewhere?

Lice Treatment: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. Read more

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I have bugs in my hair but I haven't had them since I took a lice treatment and their not lice because their bigger... what could they be?

Not sure: But if can capture one of them in a plastic zip-loc bag get thee to an entomologist and he will be able to identify it fairly quickly. Once you know that treatment should be straight forward. Read more

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What is the difference between prescription and over-the-counter lice treatment?

What is the difference between prescription and over-the-counter lice treatment?

Active ingredients: The differences between prescription and OTC lice treatments are the active ingredients, treatment protocols (some require more than one application), and side-effect and safety profiles. OTC: 1. Permethrin (NIX) 2. Pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide (Rid) Rx: 1. Benzyl alcohol 5% (Ulesfia) 2. Malathion lotion (Ovide) Read more

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I am using a natural lice treatment called lice blaster on my 5 yr old is this ok to leave on overnight?

I am using a natural lice treatment called lice blaster on my 5 yr old is this ok to leave on overnight?

No: This head lice treatment is only supposed to be left on for 20 minutes. Always follow exact directions on any lice treatment to avoid toxicity. Read more

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Which medicine to treat pubic lice. I found it in many no. But no redness only itchy. Is there any home treatment?

Which medicine to treat pubic lice. I found it in many no. But no redness only itchy. Is there any home treatment?

See answer: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic ("crab") lice. These products (rid and nix) are available over-the-counter without prescription at pharmacy. Lindane shampoo (kwell) is a prescription med and considered second line treatment. Malathion lotion 0.5% (ovide) and oral Ivermectin not fda approved in U.S. Read more

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What was the head lice treatment that parents used 20 years ago?

What was the head lice treatment that parents used 20 years ago?

Lice, Head: Do pronto and r&c ring a bell? The goal of tretament of head lice is to eliminate lice and eggs. Treatment should be repeated in 7-10 days (the time needed for the eggs to hatch) because nits are less effectively killed than adults. Aavailable otc medications include nix, (permethrin) rid, a2000. For prescription medications, consult your doctor. 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!

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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Scalp Itching (Definition)

Itching in the scalp can be triggered by a variety of causes. The most common is seborrheic dermatitis, an inflammation of the scalp producing redness and flaking. Psoriasis can involve the scalp in a similar pattern. Stress can manifest as scalp itching, especially on the back of the scalp. Try a dandruff shampoo and scalpicin (hydrocortisone lotion) ...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