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How long is head lice contagious

A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes: Head lice are easily passed through shared head gear, combs, towels and the like.
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Dr. Helen Gray
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yes!: Very much so! there are over the counter remedies should you or someone in close contact have it. Sanitize and wash all clothes/towels/bedding etc in ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription med... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Home remedies: Althogh home remedies have been tried by meny and are popular but it is not the best treatment option.Treating head clice with tea tree oil and olive ... Read More
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Head lice: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, petroleum jelly, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products... Read More
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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
MANY: There are many effective home remedies for lice. For detailed discussions of many of them see https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/lice.html Another usef... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 47 years experience
Rid: Rid is an effective over te counter medication for head lice.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
No: Head lice are a human only problem. There are no animal or insect species as carriers.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
They don't: Carry viruses, fungi or bacteria that cause infections in humans. However body lice can carry typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever (per... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Head lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds lik... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 40 years experience
No!: Head lice do not carry or transmit any disease. (body lice do transmit disease, but they are different.) you may get a secondary skin infection from... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Goodbye lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription med... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
OTC/vinegar/Rx: Head lice are a human only human parasite that are a common problem. A good soaking in a stout vinegar will loosen the egg casings so they are easier ... Read More
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