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Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

No - they are : different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans): Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic lice = Pthirus pubis. ...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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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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Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

No: The forelegs of lice are specifically designed for different body hair types. Head lice are only able to cling to head hair. Pubic lice specifically attach to pubic hair, but interestingly, can also attach to eyelashes. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. It usually affects children and results in an itchy head. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...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