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Dr. Glynis Ablon
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Can head lice cause hair loss?

Dr. Glynis Ablon
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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

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Hair Loss (Definition)

Alopecia is the loss of hair. Hair loss can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles. Fungal infections can also cause hair loss. 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 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 thins and falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called female diffuse hair loss. About 60% of people with androgenetic alopecia are men. Hair loss caused by ...Read more


Dr. Charles Gordon
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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?

Dr. Charles Gordon
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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?

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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Dr. Morris Westfried
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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?

Dr. Morris Westfried
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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?

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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Dr. James Ferguson
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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.

Dr. James Ferguson
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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.

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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Dr. Chirag Vasa
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I have a very itchy head and its not head lice. I have not changed shampoo and do not use any hair products. Hair also thin above ears. What cause?

Dr. Chirag Vasa
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I have a very itchy head and its not head lice. I have not changed shampoo and do not use any hair products. Hair also thin above ears. What cause?

Dermatitis : Seborrhic dermatitis , dandruff or dry skin can cause itchy scalp. You should be seen by dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Troy Reyna
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Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Dr. Troy Reyna
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Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Unlikely: there tools are treated between each client so you are getting a clean, if not sterile combs and clean cape. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

Dr. Morris Westfried
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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can you most effectively remove head lice in a long haired 11 year old female?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can you most effectively remove head lice in a long haired 11 year old female?

Lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix 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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Dr. Albert Melaragno
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Dr. Venkata Vallury
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There's a head lice and nits on my hair. HELP! Can medicine make it disappear? or anything?

Dr. Venkata Vallury
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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There's a head lice and nits on my hair. HELP! Can medicine make it disappear? or anything?

Nits: use permethrin shampoo and nit comb this is easily treatable. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Head lice is a medical condition in which an individual is infected with lice, a parasite that lives on the skin surface next to hair. They lay eggs that become firmly attached to hair. Infection with lice causes itching. Lice is transmitted by direct contact with infected individuals, clothing, bed sheets, ...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


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