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Can You Get Pubic Lice From Head Lice
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
Very likely.: Bedbug bites have a blotchy, smudgy, red appearance. They also remain close to their hosts, and in beds and couches, and they tend to have the smell of over-ripe rasberries. Pubic lice cause intense pubic, axillary, and periocular pruritis. Close contact, sharing of clothes, and lack of washing can easily transmit lice, and probably bedbugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 come from intimate contact with another person, not 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
Shaving is not: Sufficient. Pubic lice (phthirus pubis) can be treated with otc product like nix (permethrin) or rid. Other options are prescription medications like Malathion (kept on affected area for 8 to 12 hours); invermectin (2 pills – may need to repeated in 10 days); lindane (if you have failed other treatments). ...Read more
Yes: Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys & seats in a variety of areas. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Unlikely : Nits need the warmth and humidity of proximity near the scalp to hatch. Those that do hatch need a blood meal within hours to survive, so it is unlikely any would survive long off the scalp. ...Read more
Yes, it's possible: Public lice (crabs) have their favorite spots, and their less-favorite places. They prefer pubic hair, armpit hair, beards, moustaches, and eyebrows... over scalp hair. However, they can grab onto scalp and be found there. If the eggs are very white, and "bugs" are on the scalp, those are likely head lice. The treatment is the same type of medication (such as Nix). ...Read more
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