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How to know if you have lice or dandruff when you itch?
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Headlice or Dandruff
Dandruff are flaky, itchy scalp lesion called seborrheic dermatitis treated with Nizoral or other tar shampoo and scalp will clear up.
Head lice is also itchy scalp with nits seen attached to hair strands mostly in the neck area. Pull out each nits after shampoo with kwell (lindane) or Ovide to avoid transmission of lice.

In brief: Headlice or Dandruff
Dandruff are flaky, itchy scalp lesion called seborrheic dermatitis treated with Nizoral or other tar shampoo and scalp will clear up.
Head lice is also itchy scalp with nits seen attached to hair strands mostly in the neck area. Pull out each nits after shampoo with kwell (lindane) or Ovide to avoid transmission of lice.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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In brief: Have a...
...Professional take a look.
Nits look enough like dandruff flakes to fool inexperienced observers, but once you've seen nits once or twice, they are obvious under magnification.

In brief: Have a...
...Professional take a look.
Nits look enough like dandruff flakes to fool inexperienced observers, but once you've seen nits once or twice, they are obvious under magnification.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
In brief: Examine, test
If there is a question, see a doctor. Cannot diagnose this on the internet.
Hope the itching stops.

In brief: Examine, test
If there is a question, see a doctor. Cannot diagnose this on the internet.
Hope the itching stops.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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