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Can head lice cause hives on a 5 year old girl?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Hives: Have not heard of this happening before but i can not give you a definitive answer. Stress can also cause hives.Allergic reactions, chemicals in foods, insect stings, sunlight exposure, food, infections, systemic disease or medicines can all cause histamine release, hives. Sometimes it's impossible to find out exactly why hives have formed.
Dr. Keira Barr
Dermatology 22 years experience
Not sure: Lice cause itching and irritation though I have not seen associated hives. Hives are a hypersensitivity reaction to various causes including bug bites, medicine, allergens, stresses both physical and emotional. As long as hives are not associated wtih difficulty breathing, tongue swelling or difficulty swallowing, they are not emergency and resolve within 24 hrs typically.

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