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Encyclopedia > Selenium sulfide

Selenium sulfide is an antifungal agent often used in shampoos for the treatment of dandruff and seborrheic dermatitis. In the United States, a 1% strength is available over-the-counter, and a 2.5% strength is also available with a prescription. At the 2.5% strength, selenium sulfide is also used on the body to treat tinea versicolor, a type of fungal skin infection. Something antifungal kills or inhibits the growth of fungus. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dandruff (Pityriasis capitis) is the excessive flaking of dead skin that forms on the scalp. ... Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. ... Look up prescription in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Tinea versicolor or pityriasis versicolor is a common skin infection caused by the yeast Malassezia furfur or Pityrosporum orbiculare. ... Divisions Chytridiomycota Zygomycota Ascomycota Basidiomycota The Fungi (singular: fungus) are a large group of organisms ranked as a kingdom within the Domain Eukaryota. ...


In fiction

In the 2001 film Evolution, Selenium sulfide (as the active ingredient in Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo), is used to fight the alien menace, on the faulty logic that because arsenic is poisonous to carbon-based humans, selenium must be poisonous to the nitrogen-based aliens, due to their respective positions in the periodic table. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Evolution is a 2001 comedy sci-fi movie directed by Ivan Reitman. ... The periodic table of the chemical elements is a tabular method of displaying the chemical elements, first devised in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. ...


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