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does head lice carry disease?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience Anesthesiology
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 scratching so much that the scalp gets raw.
Answered on Nov 3, 2018
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
No: The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest.
Answered on Nov 3, 2018
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Head lice: Head lice don't transmit other infectious diseases. Body lice can transmit diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever & relapsing fever.
Answered on Nov 3, 2018

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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Sibert
38 years experience Anesthesiology
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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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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Dr. Thomas Inwood
34 years experience Podiatry
Hfm , lice: Hygiene plays a huge role here . See your family doctor for guidance and your podiatrist for the athlete's foot
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Any dirty?: 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 sheets sand if you hav ... Read More

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