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Is head lice contagious

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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 hot water.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Absolutely: Head lice are transmitted two ways. The most common is direct person to person contact. The second way is vector transmission – from a contaminated object to a person.
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