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Selenium Sulfide (On the skin)

Treats dandruff, fungus infections of the skin (tinea versicolor), and seborrhea of the scalp.

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Selenium sulfide 1% and 2.5% strengths are used on the scalp to help control the symptoms of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. Selenium sulfide 2.5% strength is used also on the body to treat tinea versicolor (a type of fungus infection of the skin). In the United States, the 2.5% strength is available only with your doctor's prescription… Read more
Brand names include
Dandrex, Rite Aid Dandruff, Rite Aid Renewal Dandruff Shampoo, SelRx, Selenos, Selseb, Selsun Blue Medicated Treatment, Tersi Foam, Versel
Drug classes About this
Antiseborrheic, Dermatological Agent

What works? Research summarized

Reviews in PubMed

Seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp. [BMJ clinical evidence. 2015]

New treatments for tinea capitis. [Current opinion in infectious diseases. 2004]

Therapeutic options in the treatment of tinea capitis. [Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy. 2004]

Summaries for consumers

Tinea versicolor: Overview

When fungi multiply too quickly they can cause infections. One of these infections is tinea versicolor. This usually harmless rash is caused by a type of yeast. Many people who have tinea versicolor are not aware that the patches on their skin are caused by a fungus. Our information describes the typical signs of tinea versicolor and lets you know which treatments are effective.

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