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Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Germophobia: This is the same question as your others, this time about lice. Like warts, only by intimate contact with another person, not through clothing or contamined environment. Abnormal fear of contagion (germophobia) can be an early sign of serious mental health disability (see "The Aviator", the biopic of Howard Hughes, for a good example). You might benefit from professional counseling about this. ...Read more

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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


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Can you get pubic lice if you have no pubic hair?

Yes and no.: The habitat of pubic lice is hair-bearing areas; they like to set up housekeeping next to a hair shaft and rarely venture very far from it. But shaving your pubic hair does not guarantee that you won't get pubic lice. They can infest other hairy areas on the abdomen, back, legs, or even eyebrows. And unless you shave meticulously, there are always a few hairs (or stubble) for lice to find. ...Read more

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A sex partner told me he has pubic lice. Can I have them even if I don't see bugs or nits?

A sex partner told me he has pubic lice. Can I have them even if I don't see bugs or nits?

No itch =no lice: If you do not develop itching and don't see any lice you are not infected. However, if you do begin itching seek treatment quickly. Consider using some form of protection for sex. Many of the sexually transmitted diseases aren't as benign as lice. ...Read more

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My girlfriend and I have head lice and recently ive noticed one in my pubic hair wich surprised me how do I proceed? It didn't look like a crab

Treat For Head Lice: There are 3 types of lice: head, body, & pubic. Pubic (crab) have distinctive appearance from other two. Head & body lice appear similar but head are smaller. Head lice are best suited for survival in scalp environment; can be found elsewhere on body but they do not thrive in these areas. Suggest treating scalp w/ over-the-counter head lice medication. See doctor if more lice appear in pubic area. ...Read more

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Which eye creams is better for pubic lice?

Which eye creams is better for pubic lice?

Eye creams as a: Natural remedy? Remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the louse. Wash clothing or linens in HOT Water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in HOT water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture & your vehicles. ...Read more

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The bites from the pubic lice causing blood spots on my skin?

The bites from the pubic lice causing blood spots on my skin?

Should go away soon: These could just be hyper allergic response to lice. After lice treatment, these should fade away in a week or so. If not, let your doctor examine it for a better assessment. ...Read more

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My pubic hair keeps falling out do pubic lice cause this. What about herpes.

My pubic hair keeps falling out do pubic lice cause this. What about herpes.

Lice yes herpes no: If you are intensely itchy down there and scratching aggressively, an infection with lice is possible. Look for bugs moving and nits on the hair shaft. If you don't have itching or signs of an infection, the diagnosis of alopecia areata should be considered. Go see a dermatologist ...Read more

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I suffer from blisters on my face and neck I'm not sure if its herpes or from pubic lice.

I suffer from blisters on my face and neck I'm not sure if its herpes or from pubic lice.

Vesicles: It is very very unlikely that pubic lice will be responsible for these lesions. You should show these to a dermatologist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Recently had lice on scalp. Treated and scare for pubic lice so I shaved my pubic hair. After shaving, it's starts to itch down there. Pubic lice?

Unlikely: Head lice and pubic lice are different "animals", so to speak. The itching in your pubic area is most likely a response to the grooming of the area and hair growth. ...Read more

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I have pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

I have pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

Scabies/lice: Have you sought treatment for both at a primary care doctor's office? Try treating scabies along with everyone who lives in your house. Change sheets, and wash along with clothes towels, etc Apply thin layer of cream to complete skin surface of the body from the neck down and leave on overnight. Rinse 8-12 hours later. May repeat in 2 weeks if necessary. 5% permethrin cream.
Vacuum couches, etc ...Read more

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Will removing hair from the genital area helps in removing pubic lice and thereby prevent itching?

Pubic Lice: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic ("crab") lice. These products are available over-the-counter without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. These medications are safe and effective when used exactly according to the instructions in the package or on the label. ...Read more

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Will a cell blood count test diagnose scabies and pubic lice I read on the internet that scabies come out from the pores from the nose?

Will a cell blood count test diagnose scabies and pubic lice I read on the internet that scabies come out from the pores from the nose?

Skin scrapings: Scabies is generally diagnosed by the history and appearance of the skin, confirmed with a skin scraping and microscopic examination. Pubic lice can be visualized by the naked eye for diagnosis. A CBC would likely be unhelpful in determining these sorts of problems. Scabies live under the skin of any part of the body, usually spots that are protected (in skin folds, under the waist band, etc.) ...Read more

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Can you get pubic lice from trying on jeans at a department store even if you have underwear on when your trying them?

Highly unlikely: It is possible to get pubic lice from shared clothing, but the likelihood that a person with lice tried on the clothing for a few minutes before you decreases the odds a lot. ...Read more

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Can you get pubic lice without sexual intercourse or sexual contact?

Yes, but...: The large majority of crabs (pubic lice infestation) are sexually acquired during intercourse. However, it's also possible from sharing a bed or intimate clothing with someone who has it. ...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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How to get rid of Head lice?

How to get rid of Head lice?

Wetcombing, medicine: There are several options for getting rid of head lice, including creams and liquids, wet combing (Wet the hair and add a lubricant, such as hair conditioner or cream rinse, vinegar, or olive oil, Comb every three to four days for two weeks AFTER you find any large, adult lice) and oral medicine (pills) Clothing, bedding, and towels used within 48 hours before treatment should be washed in hot wa ...Read more

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Any way to get rid of head lice?

HEAD LICE SHAMPOO: See your pcp who can prescribe head lice shampoo. It takes longer to get rid of nits even though lice are killed by shampoo because they are firmly attached to hair shaft. ...Read more

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What works to get rid of head lice?

Not always easy: Nix (permethrin) cream rinse and kwell shampoo do not work consistently. Elimite cream (left on all night) is reported to be effective but is not officially approved for head lice. Malathion lotion is effective, but stinks and is flammable. Oral Ivermectin works, but requires a doctor's prescription. ...Read more

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Can african americans get head lice?

Yes: The short answer is yes, but it is less common in the US. Head lice move around the scalp by gripping hair shafts. Most head lice in the US have claws that are better adapted to grip the round hair shaft in people with straight or wavy hair. Curly hair tends to have a more elliptical hair shaft. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my childs head lice?

How to get rid of my childs head lice?

Also: Resistance has developed to several of the treatments that contain pediculocides like pyrethrins, permethrin, & lindane. Resistance varies in different areas, so check with your pediatrician to see what is working in your area. Some older products like lindane are no longer recommended because of their toxicity. Some of the new products contain novel non drug agents to overcome resistance issues. ...Read more

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How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

How to get reed of dead head lice eggs?

Various methods: Many find soaking the hair with a stout vinegar will loosen the eggs from the hair. A nit comb (fine tooth) can then remove them a bit easier. Several treatments may be needed. ...Read more

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How can I treat and get rid of head lice?

Anti-Lice Shampoo: Use anti-lice shampoo and repeat in 7 dys.8 hours after using the shampoo, work on nits. Remove nits by backcombing with a fine-tooth comb or pulling out individually. Head does not need to be shaved to cure lice. Nits can live for 2 weeks. Vacuum your child's room. Soak combs/brushes for 1 hour in anti-lice solution. Wash sheets, blankets, stuff animal in hot water or seal in plastic bag x 2wk. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of head lice in an adult?

How can I get rid of head lice in an adult?

Same as in kids: Several effective treatments. Main thing is to treat contacts and clothing to not spread them to others. ...Read more

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How do you permanently get rid of head lice?

Head lice: Tx 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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Head lice how to get rid of once and for all?

Treat & avoid kids: Head lice are a human only parasite that transfers easily in shared headgear, scarves, crowded settings, etc. & show up when kids get together. They are seldom noticed when they first infest a kid, but scratching leads to closer inspection & the egg casings show attached to hairs. Treating the kid/headgear can stop the current event, but a permanent exclusion requires avoiding further human contact. ...Read more

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How do I tell her to get rid of her head lice?

HEAD LICE SHAMPOO: See your pcp who can prescribe head lice shampoo. It takes longer to get rid of nits even though lice are killed by shampoo because they are firmly attached to hair shaft. ...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


Pubic Lice (Definition)

Pubic lice is a parasitic infection of the hair shaft that can cause irritation and itching. It is ...Read more