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emmab
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posted 08-09-2003 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
for the past week my head has driven me crazy! Have just done a shampoo with nit stuff, and couldnt find any, so pretty sure it isnt the creepy crawlies problem. Haven't changed shampoos or anything, so what could be causing this???

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SG-in-NC
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posted 08-10-2003 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SG-in-NC     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Have you changed laundry detergents? I once had an allergic reaction to one from my sheets! Otherwise, get yourself to a dermatologist!

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kind heart
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posted 08-10-2003 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kind heart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It may be a sign that you may be dehydrated. I had that problem and what I did was drank only water ( and alot of it) for about 2 weeks. Then I started using a dandruff shampoo and a moisturizing shampoo (yep 2 shampoos). That gave me some relief. hope it helps...

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kbunch
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posted 08-11-2003 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kbunch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dandruff maybe?

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crazyabout blue
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posted 08-11-2003 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for crazyabout blue     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Its lice. :}~

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emmab
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posted 08-11-2003 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by crazyabout blue:

Its lice. :}~



Ok, so why havent I got any dead ones out with the shampoo..plus no eggs visible. me thinks not!

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dmhealth
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posted 08-12-2003 12:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dmhealth     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Do you wear your hair in a ponytail alot? I do and if I do it for several days in a row, my head realy itches. Just a thought.

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kellie2
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posted 08-12-2003 12:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kellie2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
emmab, have someone else check your head really good for you as it's very difficult for you to see the nits (lice eggs) if that's in fact what you may have, as they're usually attached to the hair close to the scalp, and the most obvious place would be behind the ears and along the back hairline, places that you simply cannot see good enough yourself. Even other people using a comb can miss it. You won't necessarily see the lice themselves, alive OR dead, so it might be a good idea to have someone else go over your entire head really, really good. People think only children get this, or that you have to actually wear someone's hat or use their comb and brush, but I've heard of someone who got it on a plane from putting her head on the back of her seat (took the fun right out of flying for me, let me tell you). It's not normal for your head to suddenly start itching that badly so just have someone do a thorough check just to put your mid at ease. And don't feel bad about asking, because if that is what you have, the longer you let it go, the harder it will be to get rid of it.

Good luck.

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emmab
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posted 08-12-2003 03:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for emmab     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks kellie2, but I have used a nit shampoo, that we used successfully when we had an infestation once before, and after two attempts followed by fine-toothed combing, nothing came out, so I have no reason to think it is lice

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posted 08-13-2003 09:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for littleone314     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey there! I know EXACTLY what you are going through. I have long hair and it is itcy all the time. I have dandruff as well. Plus, VERY oily hair. I have phsoriasis of the scalp. It can make you itch like crazy. Sometimes, my head will bleed from my scratching. I use an over-the-counter shampoo. It isn't a miracle cure but it does help with the itching. It's tar based and specially for this condition. I would seriously see a doctor..it's worth it! Believe me...oh and I think that shampoo is called T-Gel. There are different types but you will just have to read the fine print and see what you would prefer. Good luck I know this is HELL!!

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Ksavage
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posted 08-13-2003 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ksavage     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I went through them same thing and it took me for EVER and a ton of $$$$ before I finally figured out that all that was causing the problem was my blow dryer! The lint screen in the back was full of lint and it was causing my dryer to get too hot & that in turn was burning my head. I do not know how it kept flom blowing up on me! I noticed that one day it was smoking while I was drying my hair and I turned it off & the coils on the inside were actually glowing. I was going to throw it away & my husband just took it apart and cleaned out the lint screen & that solved my problem!
Just a thought for ya!
Good luck, I know how bad this sucks!
Kim

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scorpiochik777
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posted 08-14-2003 01:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for scorpiochik777     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, I had this problem also.

I have a very sensitive scalp and anything will irritate my skin.

If it keeps up or if you begin having flakes on your scalp, try a shampoo called Nizoral.
It costs about 13-15 bucks but works really well.
I used to get with a prescription from dermatologists, but they now sell it at any store.
It is a 1% medicated shampoo, and you use can use it every other day for a week or two and it should help.
Then you just use it once in a while to keep your scalp medicated,

There is also some herbal shampoos that work well you can get at any herb store.

good luck.=)

oh yeah....if you dont want to spend alot for shampoo,
you can first try a hot oil treatment.
Only costs a few bucks at any store and its easy.
Just sit the packet in hot water for a few minutes to heat up the oil, rub it into hair and scalp, and wash out well.

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scorpiochik777
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posted 08-14-2003 01:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for scorpiochik777     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here are a couple deep conditioning treatments you can make yourself:

***AVOCADO DEEO CONDITIONER***
Ingredients:
1 small jar of mayonnaise
1/2 avocado

Directions:
Peel avocado and remove pit. Mash avocado then mix all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl with your hands until it's a consistent green color. Smooth into hair. Use shower cap or plastic wrap to seal body heat in. Leave on hair for 20 minutes. For deeper conditioning wrap a hot, damp towel around your head over the plastic, or use a hair dryer set to a low to medium heat setting. Store extra in refridgerator.


***FRUIT SALAD DEEP CONDITIONER***
Ingredients:
1/2 a banana
1/4 avocado
1/4 cantaloupe
tablespoon wheat germ oil
1 tablespoon yogurt

Directions:
Blend all ingredienets. Apply to hair. For extra conditioning, squeeze in the contents of a vitamin E capsule. Leave in hair for 15 minutes. Then rinse.


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posted 08-14-2003 02:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cindeerella29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have had the same problem, at one time my scalp was very itchy, it was so bad I would make my scalp bleed from scratching so much, and it formed some scabs, then I would scratch at the scabs, until one day I started to use nioxin, and deep conditioner on my hair, and it worked, for some reason it just did. I think mine also had to do with the fact that I was dehydrated. GL

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Izel
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posted 08-14-2003 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Izel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree with the dehydrated thing, I tend to get like that when the summer comes, and Iíve noticed it this week, the temperature has been at 90-100 and my head has been itchy. When it gets scabby and flaky I usually use Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment and it goes away. Plus I drink more water than usual.

Izel

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nikitate
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posted 08-28-2003 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nikitate     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm dehydrated! and my head itches all the time.

I'm a big fan of tea tree oil. I put it on anything questionable and see if it helps. It's a natural antifungul which is what tends to cause the majority of issues.

I always pretend I'm that dad on Big Fat Greek Wedding and pretend my sprayer bottle with teatree and water is just like his bottle of windex. It gives me a good laugh.

good luck

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TranscendingAbyss
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posted 08-29-2003 01:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for TranscendingAbyss     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a sticky type of dandruff that doesn't acctually shed flakes.. it just itches like crazy and it will litterally make my scalp bleed after a while... if sticky clumps of dead skin are under your fingernails after scratching your scalp you might want to try a dandruff shampoo

plus maybe your scalp is just dry.. or maybe you're allergic.. have you changed anything recently like shampoo or detergent? but my neice has had lice 3-4 times (took them a while to track down the source) and they figured out you can tell - itching or no - that you have them if you have little pink/red dots on your neck around your hairline... at least that way you'll *absolutely* know it's not them.. hope that helps

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posted 08-29-2003 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Carroll     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My husband had this problem, very itchy scalp, no dandruff or any other sort of visible cause, the dermatologist just told him to use dandruff shampoo, any kind, but he said to get at least two different types, three is even better and cycle through them because you can build up a tolerance if you use the same kind more than three times a week. Usually he uses Head & Shoulders and T-gel and then just a regular shampoo just because we can get the big bottles for less at Costco. That has completely solved his problem. I thought dandruff shampoo was for dandruff and would be too harsh for using all the time but the derm assured the hubby and the bottles all say for itchy irritated scalp as well.

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