- What is selenium sulfide-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What are the uses for selenium sulfide-topical?
- What are the side effects of selenium sulfide-topical?
- What is the dosage for selenium sulfide-topical?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with selenium sulfide-topical?
- Is selenium sulfide-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about selenium sulfide-topical?
What is selenium sulfide-topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Selenium sulfide is a chemical agent commonly used for treating dandruff. It is an antifungal agent that also relieves itching, flaking, scaling, and dry skin on the scalp due to dandruff.
What brand names are available for selenium sulfide-topical?
Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, SelRx, Selsun Rx
Is selenium sulfide-topical available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
Do I need a prescription for selenium sulfide-topical?
What are the side effects of selenium sulfide-topical?
The common side effects of selenium sulfide are:
- Oily hair
- Dry hair
- Dry scalp
- Hair loss
- Hair discoloration
Other side effects of selenium sulfide include:
What is the dosage for selenium sulfide-topical?
For treating dandruff, 5-10 mL of shampoo or lotion should be massaged into wet scalp 2 times per week for 2 weeks then once every 1-2 weeks to control dandruff. The shampoo or lotion should be left on the scalp for 2 to 3 minutes, then rinsed off3 or 4 times with water. The application should be repeated.
Tinea versicolor should be treated by applying lotion or shampoo to the affected area, leaving it on the skin for 10 minutes and then washing it off with water. It should be applied every day for 7 days. The foam should be rubbed into the affected skin every 12 hours.
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Which drugs or supplements interact with selenium sulfide-topical?
There are no drug interactions listed for selenium sulfide.
Is selenium sulfide-topical safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Use of selenium sulfide during pregnancy has not been adequately evaluated.
It is not known whether selenium sulfide is excreted in breast milk.
What else should I know about selenium sulfide-topical?
What preparations of selenium sulfide-topical are available?
Shampoo: 1% and 2.3%; Lotion: 2.5%; Foam: 2.25%
How should I keep selenium sulfide-topical stored?
Selenium sulfide should be stored at room temperature, 20 C to 25 C (68 F to 77 F).
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Topical selenium sulfide (Head & Shoulders, Selsun Blue, SelRx, Selsun Rx) is included in shampoos and lotions that treat seborrhea, dandruff, and tinea versicolor.
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Dandruff (seborrhea) is a skin disorder that results from neither too much moisture nor too much oil. Dandruff can be treated with shampoos that contain tar, salicylic acid, zinc, selenium sulfide, or ketoconazole.
Is Dandruff (Seborrhea) Contagious?
Seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff) is a chronic condition in which skin on the scalp flakes and sheds. Dandruff is not contagious. Sunlight exposure and stress reduction can improve the symptoms and signs of dandruff.
Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that mainly affects the skin of young people. Recognized by light or reddish brown spots, and areas lighter than the surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast actually found in our skin. Factors like heat, humidity, and sweat help it proliferate in people, resulting in a rash that is not contagious to others.
Dandruff vs. Dry Scalp
Dandruff is a condition characterized by small white flakes that shed from the scalp. Dry scalp is simply dry skin on one's head. Dry scalp is uncommon, and dandruff is very common. Dandruff treatment and prevention incorporates the regular use of an anti-dandruff shampoo.
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