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Son’s Head Lice be P?
After stumbling upon your website I read with jaw hanging open and am now
wondering if the chronic "head lice" my 15 year old has had
since Christmas could actually be psoriasis.
has always had dandruff and occasional itching. I have a mild psoriasis in
my scalp only which flares up now and then and is controlled with tar
We have done everything — treatments, medicines, nitpicking, even shaving his head. Still, the nit-like things reappear, hanging onto the hair shafts. In 6 months we have never seen a live bug! Also, NO ONE else has "caught" them — not friends, not family.
sent samples of what I was pulling from his hair to the CDC and they said
it was not lice but could offer no suggestions as to what it might be,
except “possibly dandruff.” Neither
could two pediatricians — they just kept prescribing more poisons.
question: Have you ever heard
of the effects of Psoriasis so closely resembling a nit casing that it had
to be slid off the hair? I
sure would appreciate any opinion you might offer.
Response: When my scalp P is
at its worst, D.C., I’m sliding crusties off my hair all the
time. When my scalp is dry
and a comb digs into the piles of flake build-up, usually the biggest
whole chunks are wrapped around one or more hair shafts and they do,
literally, have to be pulled up and slid off the hair.
in retrospect we suspect the “terrible dandruff” I experienced for two
years before I was diagnosed a flaker was in fact psoriasis.
I don’t know is if this is similar to “nit casings.”
Maybe other readers will have something to contribute.
may want to take your son to a dermatologist with other pediatric
psoriasis cases. If you can
get a confirmation that your son’s condition is scalp psoriasis you are
halfway to finding some more appropriate treatments.
Good luck, and let us know what happens.