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Can I get lice from airline seats

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Uhl
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Absolutely: Always wear long pants on planes. Alcohol pads might be a good idea to clean vinyl seats too.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes: An airline seat would be one place you could get lice. This is called vector transmission. Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through in... Read More

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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Yes: Lice are passed person to person. They can only survive about 24 hours elsewhere. So if the airline doesn't use new pillows each time yes it is possib... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Yes there is.: Infection through indirect contact is called vector transmission. Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For insta... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Pediculocide: The use of a pediculocide with nit killing properties like the prescription Ovide should take care of it for you.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Getting rid of lice: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used. There are over the counter products like nix... Read More
Dr. Douglas Laipple
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Ulesfia: It's the latest, and probably the best, prescription medication for killing lice and eggs. But you must follow the directions to the letter.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Homa Mahdavi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Prescription shampoo: They are mostly resistant to over the counter remedies. Prescription shampoos are more effective. Nite combing with special combs and manual nite re... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Head lice are an only human issue. Animals and or other bugs do not carry them.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
1-2-3: There are over the counter products including one called 1-2-3 which do not contain harsh chemcicals specifically for head lice.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Unlikely to happen: Combing with a fine toothed lice comb can remove some of the egg casings from the hair shafts. However, the lice are mobile and elusive.Some form of t... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mehul SHETH
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Clean your surrounds: The biggest issue with lice is the ones that aren't on your body when you undergo treatment. Wash bedding and clothes in hot water. Any personal items... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Special shampoo: Special shampoos, some available over the counter, are generally very effective in removing the lice infestation. Read the directions carefully- some... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
No: Head lice are a human only problem. There are no animal or insect species as carriers.

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