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I have a really itchy head I don't have lice I use dandruff shampoo for dandruff why is this it's really annoying me as I've tried lots of shampoos?

I have a really itchy head I don't have lice I use dandruff shampoo for dandruff why is this it's really annoying me as I've tried lots of shampoos?

See a dermatologist: You have tried all of the usual simple solutions to this. Get an exam and find out if there is any other specific process in place and find how to deal with it. ...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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Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Catch the suspects: After a patient catches 2-3 of suspected bugs and puts them in a plastic urine container (and tighten the lid), the doctor can send them to the lab for "parasite identification." The lab will name the bugs and the doctor can decide the treatment. If the lab say "no parasites, " then the problem is harder to treat because then the patient's illness is "believing she has bugs when there are no bugs." ...Read more

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I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

Bug in hair: Possible tick. Please see a health care professional to have it removed. The can carry various types of infections that can linger. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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?

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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My head has been itchy for a couple weeks I went without product in my hair and tried different shampoo nothing helps and its not lice.

My head has been itchy for a couple weeks I went without product in my hair and tried different shampoo nothing helps and its not lice.

Itchy scalp: You may have seborrhoic dermatitis or the beginning of psoriasis of the scalp. There are other conditions that can also cause problems so it best to see a dermatologist to see what's causing the problem. ...Read more

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Can head lice cause itchy eyes?

Can head lice cause itchy eyes?

Absolutely!: Lice can infest the eyelashes. They are hard to see without magnification, so see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have these itchy bumps on my head, they're not from lice or eczema, I do suffer from dandruff though?

I have these itchy bumps on my head, they're not from lice or eczema, I do suffer from dandruff though?

Dandruff: Is a kind of inflammation, can cause itching and bumps, try OTC shampoo first, use it regularly, if doesn't improve, see your doctor, you might need more medicines then ...Read more

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My head has been itchy for a few weeks...been checked 3 times for head lice...none found, also used NIX (permethrin) just to be sure...still itchy...

My head has been itchy for a few weeks...been checked 3 times for head lice...none found, also used NIX (permethrin) just to be sure...still itchy...

Dermatitis.: THis could be dermatitis or sensitive scalp too.
Since you have trued Nix, (permethrin) lice would be unlikely but should be assessed.
Any recent shampoo change may contribute.
Dandruff/ seborrhea can cause itching.
Should be seen if persists. ...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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I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice?

I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice?

Can check every day: May be big adult lice. The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (lice eggs) he can find after the first Nix (or other lice-killer) shampoo. Checking hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. ...Read more

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I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.

Bug: Why don't you take a picture of it so it can be identified and then treated
make sure if you treat the lice the eggs should to treated also and the contacts should be treated also
be sure to comb hair with a fine tooth comb ...Read more

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I have small, brown, winged bugs in my hair, but they're bigger than lice. Plus, my scalp is very itchy. What do I do?

Probable lice.: Hello. Actually the kind of bugs you're describing DO sound like lice, and they can cause scalp itching. There are several non-prescription products available such as permethrin that can be applied, followed by combing out the eggs with a nit comb. You could also use a "smother" technique with Cetaphil cleanser blow-dried into the air and left on overnight. It is also important to wash fomites ...Read more

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Itchy hair even after using shampoo? Lice? Ringworm?

Itchy hair even after using shampoo? Lice? Ringworm?

Long list.: Itchy hair can be caused by dry scalp, seborrhea, irritants (hair products/treatments), skin infections (can be ringworm, lice, scabies), insect bites, skin disorders (psoriasis or eczema, for example)... The list is long, so it is best to have your gp or a dermatologist check it out. ...Read more

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My nose is very itchy, & I've been noticing thick stringy worm like snot. Also, a lot of black specs, black stringy things too. Worms? Lice? :-

My nose is very itchy, & I've been noticing thick stringy worm like snot. Also, a lot of black specs, black stringy things too. Worms? Lice? :-

Nose problems: It could be many things... Old blood from a sinus infection, funguses, infections, etc. See an ENT specialist for answers. ...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 pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

I have pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

Scabies/lice: Have you sought treatment for both at a primary care doctor's office? Try treating scabies along with everyone who lives in your house. Change sheets, and wash along with clothes towels, etc Apply thin layer of cream to complete skin surface of the body from the neck down and leave on overnight. Rinse 8-12 hours later. May repeat in 2 weeks if necessary. 5% permethrin cream.
Vacuum couches, etc ...Read more

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What to do if I have no lice, behind my ears I have rough small lumps, my left eye is more itchy than the other, what could this be, its so frustrating?

What to do if I have no lice, behind my ears I have rough small lumps, my left eye is more itchy than the other, what could this be, its so frustrating?

Cat-scratch diasease: Looks like you have condition that called Parinaud's oculoglandular syndrome. Develops 2-3 wks after cat - scratch. Try to see an eye specialist, might need a treatment with ABx. ...Read more

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My scalp is always super itchy but I don't have lice, dandruff, or marks of anykind. The only thing that helps is cold water. What could be wrong?

My scalp is always super itchy but I don't have lice, dandruff, or marks of anykind. The only thing that helps is cold water. What could be wrong?

Contact Dermatitis: Use of some hair products can provoke itching even without a rash. Changing to hypo-allergenic shampoos and conditioners may help. ...Read more

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Myhead isvery itchy it has been for about a week or 2my bestfriend told me a few days ago that she has headlice and she usedmy hairbushes doihav lice?

Myhead isvery itchy it has been for about a week or 2my bestfriend told me a few days ago that she has headlice and she usedmy hairbushes doihav lice?

Possibly: Ask your pharmacist for any OTC head lice removal gel, shampoo or cream, (and apply hygeinic measures to avoid recurrence, e.g. not sharing hairbrushes/combs), if it doesn't work see your doctor/dermatologist ...Read more

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My 2 year old has red itchy spots at the base of her neck. I've checked for lice and didn't find anything. It's been there for over a month now.?

Rash: Rashes are best seen. It could be mild eczema. It could be an allergic reaction to something. A new soap or shampoo?
It does not sound serious if it has been there a month. However, since it is itching and bothersome have it seen. You can try over the counter steroid cream and see if that clears it up. If it does it is a local dermatitis. ...Read more

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I have a severe itchy from my scalp it cause bleeding as I scratch, I don't have lice it feels like I have something underneath my scalp. Help me.

Requires an exam: This could be as simple as a reaction to a new hair product or you could have something living in your scalp. It will take an office based exam to sort it out. Make a list of all the hair products you use and approximate duration of use. Take that list with you for your visit. ...Read more

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My scalp is itchy...Been using tgel for stubborn itch...Still itchy. No lice or visible rash...Dry patches. What should I use?

My scalp is itchy...Been using tgel for stubborn itch...Still itchy. No lice or visible rash...Dry patches. What should I use?

Several shampoos.: Do yuou have psoriasis elsewhere? It may or may not be, but the shampoos, ie. T-gel neutrotar, selsyn blue, and zinc shampoos should used progressively. You can also rotate them. If one or more does work with the least complicated shampoo, the mildest available. You can shampoo to0 frequently and irritate your scalp. ...Read more

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Had lice two months ago. Treated properly. Scalp still itchy with white flakes all over some areas of scalp look red + found grays.

Chemical irritation: Itching for a couple of weeks after a head lice infestation and cure is somewhat common. However, some people have sensitive scalps that become inflamed by the chemicals in the treatment shampoo. Shampoos containing zinc (such as DHS shampoo) or steroids (available by Rx) are often used to help with this problem. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more