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Can head lice cause hair loss?

Can head lice cause hair loss?

Typically not: but in an attempt to get rid of the lice, you can pull a lot of hair out by accident. I like using companies like hair fairies to help get rid of lice quicker ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Head lice 6 mos. ago. Got rid w/metal nit comb/conditioner every 3 days, 2 weeks. Did all the combing induce some hair loss i now see 6 mos later?

Head lice 6 mos. ago. Got rid w/metal nit comb/conditioner every 3 days, 2 weeks. Did all the combing induce some hair loss i now see 6 mos later?

Not really: There are several really good chemical "cures" for head lice. Many are readily available OTC. There is a normal degree of hair loss as one gets older. You can speak to a dermatologist about your degree of hair loss if it really disturbs you enough. ...Read more

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If head lice are not gotten rid of, can they enter the body cavaties and cause death? I feel like I have head lice, however, I have been looked at by hair dresser, doctor and dermatologist, all who said they didn't see any.

If head lice are not gotten rid of, can they enter the body cavaties and cause death? I feel like I have head lice, however, I have been looked at by hair dresser, doctor and dermatologist, all who said they didn't see any.

Scalp itching: Lice are only human parasites that are not known to carry diseases but do open the skin with their bite to germ entry.Scratching will also open the scalp & germs nearby can cause skin infections.Lice are air breathers & would suffocate if they went into the body. There are many other causes of scalp itching including hair products or soaps. Head lice are gross, but forget the body invasion idea. ...Read more

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I don't have head lice but around the front of my hair line it feels like bugs are always crawling there. What could be the cause?

I don't have head lice but around the front of my hair line it feels like bugs are always crawling there. What could be the cause?

Irritation?: There coukd e sensitive nerves which cause disconfort. After evaluation if the skin looks normal and there are no underlying medical problems such as diabetes or thyroid issues, intralesional steroids Lidocaine may give you relief. ...Read more

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How to prevent hair loss after lice treatmentover a year a go?

How to prevent hair loss after lice treatmentover a year a go?

Other cause: It is unlikely that your persistent hair loss is due to the treatment you used over a year ago. There are many causes of hair loss which can be evaluated and possibly treated by your physician. ...Read more

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What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

Fungal Infections: One of the most common causes for scalp sores are ring worm on scalp otherwise called Tinea capitus. Bacterial infections can also cause sores on the scalp ...Read more

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Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

No: To this point the head lice do not transmit any disease. The scratching involved may allow infection by skin germs. ...Read more

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Can head lice cause itchy eyes?

Absolutely!: Lice can infest the eyelashes. They are hard to see without magnification, so see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What could cause a child to get head lice a few months after getting rid of it?

What could cause a child to get head lice a few months after getting rid of it?

Re-exposure...: Of course, some of the commercial and even prescription pediculocides (lice medicines) require 2 separate applications given about a week apart. Just make sure to follow your doctor's directions or the directions on the bottle, and remind your little one to not share caps/hats/bandanas or combs/brushes with other children. ...Read more

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What causes head lice in a person?

What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. ...Read more

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Might head-lice survive on body hair?

Might head-lice survive on body hair?

Usually not: Unless the body hair is very thick and coarse (like head hair) there is not usually a concern that the lice will remain on the body. ...Read more

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Does head lice treatment lighten dyed hair?

Head lice: If you use rid or another over the counter treament, you only use it once, rinse and comb out hair. Some repeat in a week. I have not seen it change the color of peoples hair, but call you colorist. ...Read more

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Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. now infested with head lice.whats the best hair fiendly treatment?

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. ...Read more

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Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Depends: Head lice are hard to see.It is the active lice, jumping to your hair that could infect you, not the eggs.The eggs are glued to the hair.However, if there are eggs visible, there are likely living lice on the scalp.They could transfer in a hug, or on shared hats/scarves/combs or brushes. ...Read more

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Please tell me will vacuuming hair get rid of head lice?

No: It would have little to no effect at all. The mature lice lay eggs in an egg casing that is glued to the hair and is often the hardest thing to remove during treatment. ...Read more

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I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and are still there what can I do ?

I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and  are still there what can I do ?

Check every day: The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (egg) he can find after the first Nix (permethrin) shampoo. Checking one's hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits (lice eggs) are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. After 1 month of checking, one can just check weekly. ...Read more

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If you were infested with head lice and have done several treatments,days nit picking can you still have the lice dedication in your hair?

If you were infested with head lice and have done several treatments,days nit picking can you still have the lice dedication in your hair?

Nit Picking: Over the last few years lice has become increasingly more difficult to treat. OTC medications such as Nix (permethrin) and Rid are the first options. If they fail then see your doctor for more aggressive plans. The louse is the organism that you are infected with. The Nit is the house he lives in. Nits are not a sign of new infection but previous infection. A nit comb helps to get rid of these. ...Read more

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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

Ovide: Ovide is press ription that loosens egg. Over the counter approaches include vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe the hairs and loosen eggs.Then use a comb and to remove the eggs. For the resistant eggs separate the hairs and cut out the individual hairs with eggs still on them. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of head lice without cutting hair?

Head Lice: Lice is a common parasite that is treated with special medications. There are over the counter and prescription medications that if taken properly, will cure the condition. ...Read more

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I just found out i caught head lice ,they are just about gone i have to do anothet treatment this sunday comming is it ok to still dye my hair?

Head lice: Actually dying your hair is one way to keep head lice away. Lice will not affect dyed hair. Let your beautician know so they can take appropriate precaution. If it is at home, no issue. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


Body Lice (Definition)

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