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eating head lice

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Nix (permethrin): Nix- (permethrin lotion) apply to the head at bedtime and wash off in the morniing. Wash all your bedclothes and put them through the dryer, and vacuu ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Various methods: A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casin ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Contact: Sharing combs, headgear or sleeping or lying on same furniture. It is common to spread within a classroom or within a household.Each person needs to b ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are o ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
No: They crwal.
A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Christopher Cirino
22 years experience Infectious Disease
Lice or scabies or?: Although scabies usually doesn't affect the scalp, if it were, it would be behind ears and at base of head. Shaving your hair off would usually have ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members.
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 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach.
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yasmin Pirani
16 years experience Family Medicine
Absolutely.: Head lice can result in the body initiating an IgE response which can cause hives.
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 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Nits: They attach their eggs to individual hairs. They look like tiny rounded discs stuck to the hair.Routine treatment requires that the nits be combed out ... Read More
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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 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
What natural remedy?: Lindane usually kills and eggs of head lice, however, lindane resistance has been reported. Malathion treatment is indicated for lindane resistant ca ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
Typically not: but in an attempt to get rid of the lice, you can pull a lot of hair out by accident. I like using companies like hair fairies to help get rid of lice ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
No difference: Head lice are parasites and will affect people whether their hair is clean ir dirty.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Germophobia: This is the same question as your others, this time about lice. Like warts, only by intimate contact with another person, not through clothing or cont ... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Repeat Tt: Also thoroughly clean the linen, clothes , carpet, couches etc.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Yes: The lice and the nits both tend to be dark brown. There are white nits which are often associated with a fungal infection.
A female asked:
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
35 years experience Pediatrics
It depends on where: they are in their life cycle when they get onto your head. There are adult males and females and only the females lay eggs. Check out this link to the ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
Usually not: Unless the body hair is very thick and coarse (like head hair) there is not usually a concern that the lice will remain on the body.
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