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If a rash is Pityrosporum Folliculitis would Selsun selenium sulfide shampoo and an antifungal spray/cream help clear it up? What would work faster?

If a rash is Pityrosporum Folliculitis would Selsun selenium sulfide shampoo and an antifungal spray/cream help clear it up? What would work faster?

Try different stuff: Lots of options. Find out which works. I know of people sleeping painted blue with dandruff shampoo, and others who get fine control taking a ketoconazole 400 mg tablet before working up a sweat in the gym, once a month. I'm glad you got the diagnosis made -- it gets missed a lot. Lots of stuff works. You get to choose. Best wshes. ...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

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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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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What do you suggest if I have dandruff selenium sulfide treatment problems?

What do you suggest if I have dandruff selenium sulfide treatment problems?

Anti-dandruff 'poos: Dandruff is associated with malassezia fungus infection.
Try other over-the-counter dandruff shampoos, and look for one 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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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 Lotrimin AF (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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Does head and shoulders selenium sulfide help ringworm on scalp?

Does head and shoulders selenium sulfide help ringworm on scalp?

No: Selenium-containing dandruff shampoo helps treat a mild fungus on the skin, called tinea versicolor. The shampoo doesn't get rid of ringworm on the scalp, which is a different type of tinea infection, called tinea capitis. A dermatologist or a primary care doctor can help with ringworm of the scalp. ...Read more

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Can tinea versicolor build immunity to selenium sulfide? Should I limit how often I treat it this way?

Can tinea versicolor build immunity to selenium sulfide? Should I limit how often I treat it this way?

Ans: Times versicolie is a benign condition for which there is no good to. Not much helps in other words. Sometimes will disappear on its own ...Read more

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How does selenium sulfide reduce tinea versicolor? Are there risks to long term use as a treatment?

Fungal infection: Tinea versicolor is a common skin condition related to overgrowth of a fungus that naturally lives in your body. Selenium sulfide shampoo is safe and helps with treatment and prevention of tinea versicolor. ...Read more

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I need a shampoo with 2% of selenium sulfide to treat tinea versicolor. Which one do you recommend I get?

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Selsun Blue: Selsun blue contains selenium sulfide. Other shampoo that can treat this condition contains 1% ketoconazole (available over the counter) and 2% ketoconazole (available by prescription). If the tinea versicolor is extensive and not improving with the shampoos, you should visit your dermatologist to start on an oral pill. ...Read more

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I think I have 2 ringworms on my scalp. Will washing with selsun blue get rid of them? It says it has 1% selenium sulfide as the active ingredient.

Unlikely: If it is true scalp ringworm, the topical lotions can reduce the surface growth but the problem is deeper. Scalp ringworm gets down into the root system of the hair and usually requires oral prescription meds that get there through the blood. IF your problem is really a ringworm, it is unlikely to go away with such treatment. ...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

How Long?: Did you get a definitive diagnosis for tinea versicolor? How long have you been using the medication? It often takes a few weeks before you see results. If after 4-6 wks you don't see any improvement, talk to your dermatologist for a re-evaluation and change of medication. ...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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I use selsun blue anti-dandruff shampoo with 1% selenium sulfide. I got some in my eyes, washed it out as best I could. Still burns? Will I go blind?

I use selsun blue anti-dandruff shampoo with 1% selenium sulfide. I got some in my eyes, washed it out as best I could. Still burns? Will I go blind?

Won't blind you: It'll heal itself. You're almost a grown man and need to get fears that you must surely recognize as unrealistic under control. You list "anxiety" as a problem -- this would be a great time talk with a therapist or counselor about why you have such fears as this and what you can do to be happier as life goes on. ...Read more

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Hi I have tinea versicolor around my stomach and it is bad. I tried selsun blue 1% selenium sulfide but it just made the pigmentation of my skin worse?

Hi I have tinea versicolor around my stomach and it is bad. I tried selsun blue 1% selenium sulfide but it just made the pigmentation of my skin worse?

Dermatologist: I would advise seeing a dermatologist. It is possible it isn't times verso color at all or may need different management. ...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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Do I need a recipe from the doctor to buy the selsun sulfide shapoo? Thank you

No: OTC Selsun Blue 1% selenium sulfide, also available as blue Head & Shoulders and generics almost as effective as prescription. Prescription strength is 2 1/2%. It is an orange liquid in a blue bottle. It competes with several other agents for dandruff and seborrhea. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed selsun shampoo (2.5% selenium sulphide) by a doctor for having pubic lice or crabs. Will it work?

I have been prescribed selsun shampoo (2.5% selenium sulphide) by a doctor for having pubic lice or crabs. Will it work?

Pubic lice: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic lice. These are available otc without a prescription, are safe and effective when used according to instructions in the package. Am unaware of evidence that selenium is effective against these critters, but am always willing to learn. ...Read more

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What can I use to get rid if my sun spots? I gave used selsun blue, athletes foot creams and teatree oil. Nothing works.

What can I use to get rid if my sun spots? I gave used selsun blue, athletes foot creams and teatree oil. Nothing works.

See a dermatologist: First you need an accurate diagnosis. Then you can be helped according to the nature of the spots. None of the things you tried will ever effect freckles. ...Read more

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I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

I have a ringworm I think, had it for 4 weeks now, creams don't work, getting worse and bigger, on top of right hand - ketazol / lamisil and selsun used so far?

Not ringworm: If it is not responding to lamisil applied twice daily for 2 wks then it is probably not ringworm, and you should have it checked by your Dr. Other conditions can look similar to ringworm, like nummular eczema, contact dermatitis, bacterial infections etc. Your Dr or dermatologist would be able to help determine which treatment would work best.
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Is it safe to apply a topical 1 percent clotrimazole cream to a dry patch on my scalp that is itching/peeling? Selsun blue and H/S cause irritation.

Is it safe to apply a topical 1 percent clotrimazole cream to a dry patch on my scalp that is itching/peeling? Selsun blue and H/S cause irritation.

See a doctor: It's time to stop trying to treat yourself without a professional diagnosis. There are many possible causes, and most will not clear up with clotrimazole. See a doctor about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have keratosis pilaris. Can I use anti dandruff shampoo selsun blue and urea cream and retin a (tretinoin) before bedtime?

I have keratosis pilaris. Can I use anti dandruff shampoo selsun blue and urea cream and retin a (tretinoin) before bedtime?

Of course: It may actually help. "KP" is very common and will come and go probably for the rest of your life. If you take good care of yourself, your fitness and otherwise good health and how you carry yourself will keep anyone from noticing or caring about your skin. Several of my physician friends have it; they just laugh about it. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Dermatology, how does selinium sulfide kill fungus?

Dermatology, how does selinium sulfide kill fungus?

Unknown: The real answer is that it is not known at this time how selinium sulfide kills fungus. It is known that it does have antimitotic action, resulting in a reduction in the turnover of epidermal cells though. ...Read more

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Can raw sewage fumes (hydrogen sulfide) be making my family sick. Just discovered this problem under our house. Home inspector missed it. We've been here 7mos and we've been sick for months now. We thought it was our natural gas at first until we had a plu

Can raw sewage fumes (hydrogen sulfide) be making my family sick. Just discovered this problem under our house. Home inspector missed it. We've been here 7mos and we've been sick for months now. We thought it was our natural gas at first until we had a plu

Extremely toxic!: Hydrogen sulfide is a very toxic gas produced by the use of fracking to get oil. It is also a component of "sewer gas" which can accumulate in homes when the water trap normally present in plumbing fails to prevent sewage fumes from entering the home. It is lethal at high concentrations and severely toxic to the body with chronic exposure to lower levels. See: http://1.usa. Gov/1RVhN8E ...Read more

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Can Black Mold or Hydrogen Sulfide gas be a contributing factor in idiopathic acute pancreatitis?

Can Black Mold or Hydrogen Sulfide gas be a contributing factor in idiopathic acute pancreatitis?

NO: No evidence that there are specific environmental causes of idiopathic acute pancreatitis. IN FACT there are actually some PROTECTIVE effects of this gas in experimental pancreatitis in rats!

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