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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. Foster Carr
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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

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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household people with Nix permethrin, if approved by doctor
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Each person who had lice should be checked for nits (eggs) each day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Use OTC treatments exactly as directed to be effective
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Remove nits as directed. It's tedious, but effective!
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Re-treat only as directed by your physician
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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?

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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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

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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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Shampoo with lice shampoo (e.g. Nix)
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Wash all used clothes
Once
Wash all used bedding
Once
Use a comb to clear nits in hair
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Hello doctors, can washing your hair every day result in head lice?

No: You become infested with lice after exposure to them.Within 10 days of birth, new lice are sexually active and start laying eggs within the hosts hair. ...Read more

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

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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