BUGS AND BITES
Head Lice (Pediculosis Cipitis):
Children are often brought to the surgery complaining of itchy scalps. Parents will usually have already thought of Head Lice and applied a number of over the counter preparations, without success. The first thing the Doctor has to do is confirm the diagnosis of Head Lice, as there are many other causes of itchy scalps, including Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis. Sometimes these conditions can be aggravated by various Head Lice preparations.
Impetigo is a common infection of the skin. It is contagious, which means it can be passed on by touching. Most cases occur in children but it can affect anybody of any age. Antibiotic cream usually clears the infection quickly. Antibiotic tablets or liquid medicines are sometimes needed.
Pruritus Ani is itching around the opening of the back passage or anus. It is a common problem. Although it is seldom caused by serious disease, it can be very troublesome and frustrating. Most cases are caused by irritation from hairy buttocks rubbing against each other, which is further aggravated by the irritating effect of sweat and leakage of faecal material. This irritation must be reduced to allow the problem to settle.
TINEA (Pityriasis) VERSICOLOR
- Apply KETACONAZOL lotion (“Nizoral Shampoo”) to the dry skin at night and wash it out after fifteen minutes.
- Apply the lotion from your neck down to your upper thighs and down as far as your wrists being careful to cover ALL areas in between, front and back.
- Apply the lotion for fifteen minutes every night for one week. This will get rid of any itch or scaliness.
- After this treatment you may be left with a faint rash. This will gradually fade away over a few weeks after finishing the treatment especially after getting some sun.
- Do NOT continue the treatment indefinitely.
- The rash may recur during the summer or after a “sun holiday”. If this occurs simply treat yourself again as outlined above. Some people need to treat themselves every spring to prevent getting a “blotchy” tan in the summer.
- Remember, it is a safe and effective treatment.
- If you have any problems please contact Dr Buckley.