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can you get head lice from animals

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Head lice are an only human issue. Animals and or other bugs do not carry them.

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: Head lice are a human only problem. There are no animal or insect species as carriers.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder answered
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Q 4 Wilderness, Derm: I referred this to specialists in wilderness medicine and dermatology. Let's see what they say about this bug and the need to comb or take other steps ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Head lice: Contact with an already infested person is the most common way that transmission of head lice occurs. Head-to-head contact is common during play at sc ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Depends: Head lice are hard to see.It is the active lice, jumping to your hair that could infect you, not the eggs.The eggs are glued to the hair.However, if t ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes: They could be any were.Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Head Lice: Head lice like clean heads the most. You can get lice from being near another's head with head lice, using infested earphones, hats, combs, or brushes ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: Some infections that can be transmitted from dogs to humans include roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms & whipworms.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Sharing: Head lice can be transmitted from one individual to another by direct scalp-to-scalp contact, sharing hair brushes or other hair accessories, and by c ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Scabies: Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite (sarcoptes scabiei var. Hominis). The microscopic scabies mite burrows into the upper lay ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not always. Depends : On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Uhl
Dr. Craig Uhl answered
26 years experience Pediatrics
Absolutely: Always wear long pants on planes. Alcohol pads might be a good idea to clean vinyl seats too.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Head lice: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html go to the above web site from the cdc that talks about head lice treatment. A very good article ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
No - they are : different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans): Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Semel
34 years experience Pediatrics
Theoretically yes: Head lice can jump. Be sure to disinfect and thouroughly clean the entire passenger seat and be vigilant about watching for the lice for anyone in the ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Cindy Williams
38 years experience Pediatrics
Scabies: You have to come in contact with scabies to get it. It is usually from another person, both by skin to skin and sexual contact. It can be transmitted ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Prevent re-infection: Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Judy Black
21 years experience Pediatrics
Not recommended: The best way to remove lice eggs is with a lice comb and careful combing. Lice eggs stick to the hair shaft and need work to remove. An over the count ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You know how to ask : A hard question. Cimex lectularius or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It can be transported on your clothing, luggage, second hand furnit ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes, you definitely: can get fleas from a pet altho fleas prefer furry animals. Flea bites in people tend to occur in hidden areas like the groin, waistline and folds in ... Read More

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