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How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

How well does selenium sulfide in the treatment of persistent, chronic dandruff work?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection. Selenium sulfide should work well but you can also try dandruff shampoos that contains zinc pyrithione, which can reduce the fungus; salicylic acid, which works as a sort of scrub to slough off dead skin; or ketoconazole, which works against a broad array of fungi. See a Dermatologist if these don't work. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Can you use selenium sulfide shampoo on your body to treat body ringworm?

Not exactly: For what people call "ringworm", the medical name is tinea corporis, and the treatment is lotriminaf (or a similar antifungal). The lotriminaf is over-the-counter. For tinea versicolor, which is different from tinea corporis, and looks more like lots of little spots on the oilier parts of the body (usually the trunk, neck, face), one can use the 2.5% selenium sulfide lotion or shampoo. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take selenium sulfide while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: Selenium sulfide is used in topical creams (for dermatitis, or "rash") and shampoos (notably selsun blue, for dandruff). The easy answer is yes and the complicated answer is no. The reason? It is categorized as "c" meaning there are no studies in pregnancy documenting it's safety. So, doctors say, "if the benefits outweigh the unknown risks, go ahead." so...Shampoo -- yes. Topical cream -- no. ...Read more

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What are the consequences/effects of long term use of selenium sulfide shampoos?

What are the consequences/effects of long term use of selenium sulfide shampoos?

Not really any: Long term use of selenium sulfide shampoo doses not appear to have any significant effects. It can in some cases cause skin irritation and rash. It is the active ingredient in Head and Shoulders shampoo. ...Read more

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I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

I was prescribed selenium sulfide 2.5 shampoo and think i'm having an adverse reaction (skin irritation, no rash), how long before it goes away?

A few days: The irritant or allergic contact reaction should go away in a few days without continuing contact. A topical cortisone may hasten the recovery a little. ...Read more

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How do you apply the selsun blue to the versicolor?

How do you apply the selsun blue to the versicolor?

I actually tell my: patients to apply it neck down in the shower and leave on for 20 minutes then wash off. They should do that daily for two weeks then the scale should be gone and they can expose their skin to sunlight ( 10 minutes only a day and no burning) which will repigment the skin. If that doesn't work they need topical or oral prescriptions to clear the fungal infection ...Read more

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I m using candid tv(clotrimazole 1%, selenium sulfide 2.5%)to treat tinea versicolor, but doesn't seeing much progress?What should be my further tratment

I m using candid tv(clotrimazole 1%, selenium sulfide 2.5%)to treat tinea versicolor, but doesn't seeing much progress?What should be my further tratment

Oral ketoconazole: If the topical treatments are not working, i often will treat patients with oral ketoconazole, 400 mg for 1 dose and repeat in one week. I would also have your docotr check a skin scraping under the microscope to make sure that the diagnosis of tinea versicolor is correct. Lana long, M.D. ...Read more

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Can I use selsun shampoo for vitiligo?

Vitiligo: Selsun will treat tinea versicolor which is caused by a yeast like organism but will not treat vitiligo which is a depigmenting disease. ...Read more

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I just bough selsun blue with selenium sulfide how to apply ?, how long till you rinse it?, and how often i need to re do ? 1every week, 1 every 2 week

Seborrhea: Selsun blue is a brand name shampoo for the treatment of seborrhea (dandruff). Most people benefit by shampooing to a good lather and then letting the medication sit on the scalp for about 5 minutes. You want this time to penetrate the scalp. Depending on your severity depends how often you may use it. If it is severe a dermatologist can rx a stronger shampoo if needed. ...Read more

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