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A 21-year-old member asked:

is head lice contagious

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Head lice are easily passed through shared head gear, combs, towels and the like.
Dr. Helen Gray
Family Medicine 13 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 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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What could cause the left side of my jaw to lock up after catching a cold a few days ago?

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What might a patch of painful red skin be due to?

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

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Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea.

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