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My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff . What might be causing it ?

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

Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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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!

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!

Dandruff shampoo: Are you african american or are you caucasian? If you are afro american try applying and oil to your scalp to see if that helps. If you were caucasian buy a dandruff shampoo and wash your hair more frequently to see if the itching goes away. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your head itches and you don't have lice/dry scalp or dandruff?

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

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I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

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

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Is head itching with no lice is a sign of something serious ?

Is head itching with no lice is a sign of something serious ?

No, not serious: could be dandruff, or still could be lice infestation, happens and affects all social levels, treatment is within reach, good luck ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for head lice to show up and start itching?

How long is it supposed to it take for head lice to show up and start itching?

Lice: It may take 2 to 3 weeks (or sometimes even longer) to become aware of lice or nits. Itching does not occur for all people. ...Read more

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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?

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

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My scalp is itching so bad it is uncomfortable and kinda of painful i don not have any flaking redness or head lice could this be normal or a more s?

My scalp is itching so bad it is uncomfortable and kinda of painful i don not have any flaking redness or head lice could this be normal or a more s?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You could still have seborrheic dermatitis. Or something else. You may need a biopsy or blood tests done also. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more