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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for body lice

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology 44 years experience
Clean clothes: Body lice live in the inner seams of clothing, not on the skin; so most of the time, thoroughly washing all clothing will cure the problem. To be cert... Read More
Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 53 years experience
Body lice: Three types of lice can infect humans. Head lice live on the scalp and hair, and infect mostly children. Pubic lice, live on the pubic hairs, and are... Read More

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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Body lice treatment: Body lice mainly live in clothing. Destroy or carefully wash infected clothing in hot water (at least 130 degrees f), then machine dry using a hot cyc... Read More
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Body lice: Body lice mainly live in clothing. Destroy or carefully wash infected clothing in hot water (at least 130 degrees f), then machine dry using a hot cyc... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
IF YOU HAVE A BIG BUNCH OF HAIR THAN OTHER INSECTS CAN ATTACH TO IT.WASH YOUR HAIR WITH A SHAMPOO THAT IS ANTI FUNGAL AND ANTI SEPTIC. IF NO RESULT TH... Read More
Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 24 years experience
A common cause of bald patches with short broken looking hairs is a fungal infection called tinea capitis. It can be treated and cured by oral antifun... Read More
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Vinegar: 'sea lice' are stings from microscopic jelly fish babies. They can be both painful and itchy. Remove your swimsuit, shower. Afterwards rinse affecte... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Smother them!: There are not other proven therapies to kill lice and their eggs. However, certain home remedies are practical and often used by pediatricians. The be... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Repeat: Repeat the treatment until the lice are dead then repeat in one week to kill the eggs. Make sure to wash linens in hot water.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
I wouldn't : Count on it. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Garrett Caldwell
Dr. Garrett Caldwellanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
Thorough de-lousing!: With head lice, wash the hair with shampoo containg lice killing medication, usually malathion. That should kill lice but not all the eggs (nits). Was... Read More
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Incecticides: Permethrin or Malathion are the most common. They are insecticides with relatively low toxicity to humans compared with other insecticides. They are d... Read More

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