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Itchy scalp.....

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 5, 2007
  • 05:30 PM

I was told that a family member I was in contact with had gotten head lice, I immediatly did the treatment on myself and all over my house. I got checked after by a doctor and was told I had nothing in my hair, the same time I was told my family member got the lice AFTER their visit to me. After that I kept getting itchy scalp, I never had dandruff before, nor head lice so I was paranoid that I ruined my scalp. Creating a paranoia, I kept going to the doctor for them to check me over to see if there was any lice. All kept saying it was negative...I would come across yellowish "crusty"'s in my hair that would flake when I squished it between my thumb nails. Then I was told I did have a nit, SO I did another treatment. NOW my scalp has been itchier than ever..Got checked again and was told there was nothing in my hair...Then I went to see my own doctor to see if there was something I could do about the itch and he told me there were nits in my hair....I panicked! Came home and shaved my head! I get my husband to check daily, he hasn't seen a thing. My head is really itchy now....Can lice and psorisis be confused for the other?? I have such a phobia now, I feel like I bugs crawling all over me now!!!:confused:

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  • IS the air dry where you live? In the winter months my kids and I get dry itchy scalp. I use a humidifier and I wash our hair with "head and shoulders" shampoo (the one for dry scalp). It has worked for us.. We also came in contact with someone with lice and I was checking everyones hair daily but it turned out to be the dry air.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 6, 2007
    • 04:18 PM
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  • I am paranoid about getting head lice myself. Firstly, you have to know what headlice do; they normally nest in the small of the neck and behind the ears. Their bites will sting, and nits are normally cemented with the lice's saliva onto your hair close to the roots. Normally nits will be in the vicinity of each other, like little clumps, and cannot be pulled off your hair unless you use the lice-killing shampoo. Until then, they're chemically bound to your hair. If you think you have nits, and you can pick it off with your fingers, then it's not a nit. Sometimes you'll have pimples on your scalp, and the scabs could look like nits. Don't freak out so much about lice. The worse that can happen is that you find them, then you kill them.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 7, 2007
    • 03:31 AM
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  • Disclaimer: I don't know anything (I'm only a first year medical student and we don't learn hardly anything clinically relevant)... so don't take this seriously, but consider: Medical knowledge aside, it seems logical to me from your story that the lice treatment itself is the source of your woes. I would discontinue any anti-lice or harsh chemicals and instead go with some sort of anti-itch / anti-histamine stuff.. be it topical cream or oral or both... -Pyratt Pete
    Pyratt 2 Replies
    • December 7, 2007
    • 10:50 AM
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  • Check out impetigo. Usually in kids, but can be found in adults. Have you been to a dermatologist? See if they have a P.A. that can see you right away. (physician's assistant or nurse practitioner). Plus, I've found that itchiness can be induced by hearing news of head-lice, crabs, scabies etc. Some of this may be in your mind. If you drink, see if it relaxes you to the point of non-itchiness. Then you will know it is psycho-somatic. If you still itch, go to the derm doc.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • December 8, 2007
    • 00:50 PM
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