selenium sulfide

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a chemical element, atomic number 34, atomic weight 78.96, symbol Se. (See Appendix 6.) It is an essential mineral nutrient. Dietary sources of selenium include seafoods, kidney, and liver. Humans can adjust their homeostasis mechanism for selenium over a wide range of dietary intakes. Recommended intake levels are generally met from the diet, so that supplements are not necessary.
selenium sulfide
1. the sulfide salt of selenium, a topical antiseborrheic and antifungal applied topically to the scalp to control seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff; also used topically in the treatment of tinea versicolor.
2. the sulfide salt of selenium, an antiseborrheic and antifungal; used topically in the treatment of seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff of the scalp and of tinea versicolor.

se·le·ni·um sul·fide

a mixture of crystalline selenium monosulfide and solid solutions of selenium and sulfur in an amorphous form, containing 52-55.5% Se; used in the treatment of seborrhea of the scalp or dandruff.

selenium sulfide

an antidandruff and antiseborrheic medication. See also selenium.
indications It is prescribed for dandruff and for seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp and for treatment of tinea versicolor.
contraindications Acute scalp inflammation or known hypersensitivity to this drug prohibits its use.
adverse effects Among the more serious adverse effects are dermatitis after prolonged skin contact and keratitis after accidental conjunctival contact.

se·le·nium sul·fide

Mixture of crystalline selenium monosulfide and solid solutions of selenium and sulfur; used to treat seborrhea of the scalp or dandruff.
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Concurrent twice-weekly applications of topical selenium sulfide for 2 weeks will decrease the fungal spore counts on the scalp and decrease infectivity.
BACKGROUND Current topical treatments of seborrheic dermatitis include steroids, selenium sulfide, pyrithione zinc, coal tar preparations, terbinafine, ketoconazole, and ultraviolet phototherapy.
Traditional topical agents such as selenium sulfide are effective, but recurrence following treatment with these agents is likely and often rapid.
5% selenium sulfide shampoo applied once a day, usually after showering, over the entire affected area.
TABLE Treatment Approaches for Tinea Versicolor Agent Suggested Dosing Topical Ciclopirox olamine 1% cream(1) Twice daily for 2 weeks Ketoconazole 2% cream(1) Twice daily until clinical improvement Miconazole 2% cream(1) Once daily for 2 weeks Oxiconazole nitrate 1% cream Once to twice daily until clinical improvement Selenium sulfide 2.
In a direct comparative test of oral itraconazole and selenium sulfide shampoo,(18) 20 patients took itraconazole 200 mg/day for 5 days, and another 20 patients used the shampoo daily for 7 days.
Topicals such as selenium sulfide employ keratolytics, which mechanically remove the keratinized layer of skin and the infection therein.