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Do Lice Bite Your Body
They can: Ticks generally favor warmer parts of the body... Groin, neck, arm pit, belly button. If they favor the ear... It is more likely where the ear joins the skull. They would typically not bite the outer part of the ear along the rim.. It's just to cold for them. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Body Lice: Body lice live in the seams and folds of clothing. They feed on human blood and lay their eggs and deposit waste matter on the skin and clothing. They can live in clothing for up to 1 month. Lice die within 5 - 7 days at room temperature if they fall off a person.Lice causes severe itching. Itching is usually worse around the waist, under the arms, and places where clothing is tighter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Until first scratch: The missouri dept. Of conservation says chiggers are baby mites that can only bite through areas of thinner, tender skin (so chiggers like women & children). Chiggers bite to inject saliva to dissolve flesh and eat it up. They do not suck blood nor burrow into the skin. Once scratched, the chigger falls off easily, but the site swells, and itches a lot. A scrubby, soapy bath washes away chiggers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact: Scabies can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact, or through shared bedding, towels, and clothing of an infested person. Body lice are transmitted in a similar way but are very uncommon except in the homeless population. Unlike scabies which burrow under the skin causing an intense itching and inflammatory rash, lice live on the skin and in the clothes of the infested person. ...Read more
Bed Bug Bites.: You can take antihistamines if you feel itchy. Topical steroid creams can be used on lesions. Blistering is usually a sign of hypersensitivity. Signs of secondary infection may include: ^ swelling, ^ redness, ^ warmth, ^ tenderness, pus-like discharge or red streaking. For a severe allergic reaction to bites – please seek medical evaluation ; treatment. Need to exterminate the bed bugs. ...Read more
Can bird mites live on your body? Are they contagious? Is there a medicine to get rid of them off your body?
No problem if clean!: Bird mites usually survive only on birds and can get on your body but will not survive very well and if one is washing and taking care of their bodies they will get rid of the mites and they do not survive long. But it is best to have good hygiene and wash your hair and body well. They are not contagious and as long as clean should be fine. There is no medicine to get rid of them. Hope this helps ...Read more
Not to worry: Lice need a living host to survive, as they need to eat blood. Most don't live more than a day off a person's body, so they can't live in your car long! proper hygiene & laundering clothes infested with body lice usually takes care of the problem. Head lice will not infest your car, nor will pubic lice; they live on hair-bearing skin. Worst case, vacuum & stay out of the car for a few days. ...Read more
Difficult.: Bed bug bites occur on the face, neck, hands, and arms, and are often lined up in rows. They do not lay eggs on skin. If you have them, you will find little blood spots on the seams of your mattress. Getting rid of bedbugs is not an easy process, and most cases require treatment by a pest-control expert. You may have to replace the mattress. But first make sure that it really is bed bugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need doctor: That 'boil' may need to be drained. It can get worse if not treated. Suggest you see a foot/ankle specialist. ...Read more
No: Spiders do not lay eggs in your hair! Thank goodness! ...Read more
Thru resin: Poison ivy contains a resin called uroshiol which causes the allergic reaction upon contact with skin. This resin can be spread by one body part touching another and thru the clothes. Every body part in contact with poison ivy needs to be washed and all clothing needs to be washed without touching the skin or sealed away in plastic bag until they can be washed. ...Read more
Maybe: If you scratch the body site, you can load up your fingernails with the fungus and transfer it to your scalp.The process may not be apparent for a while and will have a different appearance in the scalp than it would on regular skin. If established in the scalp, it will take prescription medication to treat it.The fungus gets well established in the hair root and creams or lotions do not reach it. ...Read more
Mosquito bites: Ice applied immediately; take both otc antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or zyrtec & Claritin to block histamine release. Even zantac/axid/pepcid work on a histamine receptor & can help. Topical corticosteroid (use sparingly) can further calm itch & reaction. Prevention: insect repellants with deet. Make sure no stagnant standing , water around home (birdbaths, puddles, ponds, pet water dishes, old tire. ...Read more
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