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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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How long can head lice survive on my furniture and clothes?

A few days: Lice starve to death in 1-2 days off the human host. Nits however survive longer. A nit hatches 7-9 days after the egg is laid. As a result it is recommended to first treat the lice on the "host" then wash clothes, bedcovers and vacume furniture. Also wash brushes and combs. ...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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Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Could head lice return to the host from a pillow?

Yes: Yes. It is generally recommended to do a thorough cleaning of the home at the same time as you are treated for head lice. ...Read more

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Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Yes: Yes you could catch head lice from these things. It is usually transferred from combs and brushes. ...Read more

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A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

A child in my school has head lice, how do I prevent my child from catching it?

Head lice: Simply put, you can do everything right and your family could still end up with lice. And of course, head lice have nothing to do with hygiene or income level; anyone can get them. The most common route of transmission is head to head contact, such as two kids bending over the same coloring book. ...Read more

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Where do head lice come from?

Where do head lice come from?

Get: You get lice from someone else that has lice. Usually for head lice from comb, brush, hat, other head wear etc. ...Read more

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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