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Can detergents kill bedbugs and lice?

Not by themselves.: Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected rooms. Check site: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/" put all junk in tightly sealed plastic ; dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation. Steam clean what can't go in. ...Read more

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Bed Bugs (Definition)

Bed bugs are wingless blood-sucking insects that can be transported on clothing, luggage, second-hand furniture, and public transportation. Getting bit by a bed bug can result in skin rashes, psychological ...Read more


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Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Washing: Washing in hot boiling water should eradicate the bugswho can live in soft and spongy toys. ...Read more

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Can household dust and carpets cause eczema?

Can household dust and carpets cause eczema?

Yes: The dust mite body and droppings are major sensitizers . People with eczema has an impaired skin barrier allowing the dust mite products (as well as other allergens) to pass through the skin leading to allergic sensitization and worsening of the eczema. Perhaps a better term would be "triggered" instead of "caused" since the basic problem is the defective skin surface. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of fungal spores when washing clothes including silks and wools?

How can you get rid of fungal spores when washing clothes including silks and wools?

Not a problem: Quite a number of fungal spores will be killed by the detergents used for washing sensitive clothes. However, fungal spores are air born and we encounter them every day. ...Read more

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How do you kill trichomoniasis on clothing and bedding to prevent reinfection?

How do you kill trichomoniasis on clothing and bedding to prevent reinfection?

Normal washing: Trich can be spread penis 2 vagina, vagina 2 vagina, vagina 2 penis, also through hands, mouth & anus. Not spread (or very rarely) through clothing/bedding. Normal wash should be fine. May be spread by shared sex toys so wash those between partners. Common in women in their 40s/50s, not the same demographic as for chlamydia, gonorrhea. Very common. 70% have no symptoms. Curable with medication. ...Read more

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Can tapeworm survive on bedding or fabric?

Can tapeworm survive on bedding or fabric?

Briefly: Usually the whole worm will not come out, but sometimes parts of the tapeworm, called proglottids, can come out of the anus. These essentially carry the tapeworm eggs but can crawl short distances before they disintegrate, leaving the eggs. You cannot get tapeworms from lying in a bed with tapeworms or tapeworm eggs fortunately. ...Read more

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Are bird mites contagious and can they live on human host? Is there a cream to use to kill them off your body?

Are bird mites contagious and can they live on human host? Is there a cream to use to kill them off your body?

Not usually: However they can cause an intensely itching rash. They don't stay in your body however. Depending on the extent of the skin rash, topical cortisone cream or oral steroid may be required to calm the rash down. ...Read more

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Can alcohol kill scabies?

Can alcohol kill scabies?

Not treatment.: Medications prescribed by your health care provider are usually needed to treat scabies. Creams include: Permethrin 5%, benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, ; crotamiton. ...Read more

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Help! can bed bugs be diagnosed as scabies?

Doubt it.: Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, shoulders, neck ; legs. >. ...Read more

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When treating for scabies, do clothes have to be washed in boiling water to kill them? Or will hot water from washing machine kill them?

When treating for scabies, do clothes have to be washed in boiling water to kill them? Or will hot water from washing machine kill them?

Hot water fine: Washing in hot water is sufficient to rid the clothes of the insect. For items that can't be washed for some reason, bag in a plastic garbage bag, seal it tight and leave items for at least three days. The insect cannot survive off the human longer than this, so that kills them all. ...Read more

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Can u soak in a diluted bleach bath and kill scabies mites in your skin?

No. Use Elimite (permethrin). : No, Elimite (permethrin) (Topical Permethrin) is generally used to treat scabies. It requires a prescription. Generally ALL household members should be treated simultaneously even if only one (or some) are itchy. Otherwise the treated individual is likely to become reinfected by the other individuals in the home who are infected but not yet itchy/symptomatic. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between scabies aczema and bed bugs?

Scabies vs bed bugs: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, wrists, knees, legs, elbows, buttocks & genitalia. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show. ...Read more

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Checked for lice, bed bugs & tree mites. no bites nothing but dandruff. can dry skin can make you feel it on other body parts? dry skin but oily hair?

Checked for lice, bed bugs & tree mites. no bites nothing but dandruff. can dry skin can make you feel it on other body parts? dry skin but oily hair?

Yes: More severe dry skin is also called eczema. Stay well hydrated, moisturize your skin daily, and take cool (instead of hot) showers. Yes, you can have dry skin and oily hair. ...Read more

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How can I kill lice and eggs effectivley?

How can I kill lice and eggs effectivley?

Treatment of lice: requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. Natural ...Read more

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Can bed bugs bite through clothes or crawl up long sleeves and pants to bite also will the cold kill them?

Can bed bugs bite through clothes or crawl up long sleeves and pants to bite also will the cold kill them?

No yes and No: They usually strike the first skin they find, so ankles are common. They are incredibly itchy. Only high heat (in clothing/bedclothing---not on your skin!) and certain pesticides can kill them. Consider an exterminator with experience in bed bugs. ...Read more

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Is there a natural way to kill biting mites on someone skin and house (not dust mites)?

Is there a natural way to kill biting mites on someone skin and house (not dust mites)?

Skin: There are many types of mites, knowing the type can be helpful. In general, select showering over bath to remove them. If you bathe you can add epsom or sea salt (as hot water alone usually doesn't kill them). Use of a loofah will help to remove them from skin. Coal tar can reduce itch. Menthol can help keep them off skin. Clean shower or spray w dilute bleach after use. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more