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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

What could happen if you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Depends: There are various treatments for head lice, mostly with different types of insecticides. It is always important to follow the instructions of the medicine you were prescribed in order to optimize your results and to avoid potential side effects. Some compounds are derived from chrysanthemums , namely permethrin. If you are allergic to the flowers, have asthma or a pregnant discuss this with md. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could use scabies treatment to kill head lice?

Can you tell me if i could use scabies treatment to kill head lice?

Yes,but: The concentration of the is about 5 times the concentration needed for the lice. It is basically a bug spray in lotion form. You would be taking a bazooka to kill a rat, it would likely work but is a bit excessive.. ...Read more

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How can you treat very persistent head lice?

How can you treat very persistent head lice?

Lice tx: 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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Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Treat it now!: 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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Can you get melanoma on your ear or head?

Can you get melanoma on your ear or head?

Yes: The most common areas for melanoma are the sun exposed areas. The back, arms, neck and scalp are the most common areas. ...Read more

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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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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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Could you tell me what happens when you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Could you tell me what happens when you leave head lice treatment in your head overnight?

Shampoo: The treatment for lice is usually a very strong shampoo that you then rinse out and comb out the nits/lice. I am not clear from your question what you used. Many people use olive oil and a shower cap over night rather than the rid shampoo because rid is so strong. Basically, shampoo your hair and do not reapply the rid or whichever brand you used for at least a week. ...Read more

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How can I tell if head lice are gone or need to throw out all the pillows and retreat?

How can I tell if head lice are gone or need to throw out all the pillows and retreat?

Toss in the dryer: I think you can toss your pillows in the clothes dryer & any head lice or random eggs would be killed by the heat. ...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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Can you give me advice with head lice and got pimples?

Can you give me advice with head lice and got pimples?

Tx of head 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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If you were infested with head lice and have done several treatments,days nit picking can you still have the lice dedication in your hair?

Nit Picking: Over the last few years lice has become increasingly more difficult to treat. OTC medications such as Nix (permethrin) and Rid are the first options. If they fail then see your doctor for more aggressive plans. The louse is the organism that you are infected with. The Nit is the house he lives in. Nits are not a sign of new infection but previous infection. A nit comb helps to get rid of these. ...Read more

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How to know if you have lice or dandruff when you itch?

Headlice or Dandruff: Dandruff are flaky, itchy scalp lesion called seborrheic dermatitis treated with Nizoral or other tar shampoo and scalp will clear up. Head lice is also itchy scalp with nits seen attached to hair strands mostly in the neck area. Pull out each nits after shampoo with kwell (lindane) or Ovide to avoid transmission of lice. ...Read more

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Can you get dandruff on your pubic area?

Can you get dandruff on your pubic area?

Yes: Yes, also chest. If does not respond to dandruff shampoos, get it checked by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can you give yourself a concussion by moving/tilting your head fast against your shoulder as you move it?

Can you give yourself a concussion by moving/tilting  your head fast against your shoulder as you move it?

Probably not: because it is not possible to move it that fast. More concerning is any interruption of blood supply to your brain via vertebral arteries. ...Read more

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Head Lice (Definition)

A condition in which hair gets infested with tiny parasites that feed on blood ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more