The Doctors: Scalp Dermatitis & Sand Fleas Vs Bed Bugs


The Doctors: Scalp Dermatitis

Alice wrote in to ask about her husband, whom she thinks has dandruff. But none of the treatments they’ve tried have been successful so far. Dermatologist Dr. Glynis Ablon joined The Doctors to offer her expertise. “There are many things that can cause Scalp Dermatitis,” she said. Her first recommendation is over the counter preparations like Salicylic Acid or Tar Shampoo.

If that doesn’t work, it may be time to see the dermatologist, who can help you determine whether it’s actually dandruff or another condition.


The Drs: Flaky Scalp

Learn how to tell if your flaky scalp is a sign of dandruff or another condition.

The Doctors: Dandruff

Dandruff tends to be greasy and yellow in color. It could also be Psoriasis of the scalp, which is more silvery in color. Excema of the scalp is a broad category, that can sometimes be caused by certain shampoos or excessive blow drying. It’s common in older adults, and solutions include finding a more moisturizing shampoo or reducing the amount of blow drying you do.

Dr. Glynis Ablon also recommended Omega vitamins. You can try washing your hair less frequently or using over the counter products. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to call the doctor.


The Doctors: Sand Fleas Vs Bed Bugs

Levi in Chicago wrote to ask about sand fleas. He and his girlfriend are planning a Spring Break trip, and one of the hotels they’ve found has reviews complaining of sand fleas. He wanted to know if they are worse than Bed Bugs, and if he should be concerned.

Sand Flea Treatments

Dr. Ablon said Sand Fleas are mostly found on the beach. They are actually a Crustacean. She recommended avoiding seaweed, which they feed on. They also have a taste for human flesh. If you wear bug spray, they won’t attack you. But if they do bite you, it can cause a dangerous infection. She recommends packing Cortisone on any trip in case you need it. A cold compress can also help treat Sand Flea bites.

Bed Bugs Bite In Threes

Bed Bugs typically bite in threes, so groups of three bites indicate that you’ve probably been a Beg Bug’s meal. They are about three to five millimeters long, and they’re visible in crevices on your bedding. They are resistant to bug spray, so you’ll need to take more drastic measures to eliminate them.


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