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How does head lice get transferred from person to person?

How does head lice get transferred from person to person?

Sharing: Head lice can be transmitted from one individual to another by direct scalp-to-scalp contact, sharing hair brushes or other hair accessories, and by coming in contact with bedding or cushions that were in contact by an infected individual. Follow the directions of your doctor closely to best eradicate the lice. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice) is a parasite that can affect humans & can betransmitted two ways. The most common is direct person to person contact. The second way is vector transmission – from a contaminated ...Read more


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How does head lice get transmitted to another child?

How does head lice get transmitted to another child?

Skin-to-skin contact: ...Is the most common method, although it can also be transmitted by using an infested person's comb or brush, or putting one's head on the same pillowcase. ...Read more

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What happens if you have head lice and you can't get them all out because a lot of them have spreaded too much, then?

What happens if you have head lice and you can't get them all out because a lot of them have spreaded too much, then?

Call your doctor: Lice can be hard to eradicate because they can become resistant to medications available at the grocery store. Discuss with your doctor- there are prescription options. Consider cutting your hair short which can make it easier to remove the insects and eggs. Have someone help you - you need a fine tooth comb and patience to remove all the eggs and insects from every area of scalp. Repeat often. ...Read more

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My cousin says she had head lice. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

My cousin says she had head lice. Are family members more likely to get the same thing?

Possibly: If you in deed have lice, or get it. It can be treated most of the time with an over the counter medication. (rid, permethrin). Apply one application, and reuse in 7 dys. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

If still present: Head lice are sometimes hard to get rid of.Sometimes multiple treatments and meticulous removal of egg casings are needed before they are gone for good. If present and the child shares a sleeping mat, headgear, brush or other item they can be passed easily.It can also take 10 or more days before you pick up that your kid has them.It takes that long for new lice to start laying visable eggs. ...Read more

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What dept would be best to get a recheck for head lice to be sure its gone? Dermatology?

What dept would be best to get a recheck for head lice to be sure its gone? Dermatology?

You should be able: to look at home to make sure the nits/lice are gone. If you're not sure, then call your own doctor (if for your child, their pediatrician). If you're a teacher, or if this is for your child, the school nurse can help.There are also professional "nitpickers" who just deal with lice and getting rid of lice. A dermatologist is not necessary for this. ...Read more

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How do I get head lice and nits off of my friends head?

How do I get head lice and nits off of my friends head?

Pediculocide, comb: A pediculocide, like nix or rid is applied. Follow directions exactly! this will kill the lice-but it's not immediate. Next, use a nit comb (i like the lice meister) and comb through each section of hair. Rinse the comb off after each stroke, to remove any lice/nits in the teeth. Use the nit comb daily x 7 days. Some pediulocide should be reapplied in 7 days. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


Lice (Definition)

Lice are small insects which may live on a person's scalp, lay eggs on his hair, and ...Read more