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My 2 year old has red itchy spots at the base of her neck. I've checked for lice and didn't find anything. It's been there for over a month now.?

My 2 year old has red itchy spots at the base of her neck. I've checked for lice and didn't find anything. It's been there for over a month now.?

Rash: Rashes are best seen. It could be mild eczema. It could be an allergic reaction to something. A new soap or shampoo?
It does not sound serious if it has been there a month. However, since it is itching and bothersome have it seen. You can try over the counter steroid cream and see if that clears it up. If it does it is a local dermatitis. ...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


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My daughter started to itch back of neck no lice but the red spots aare now as far down as shoulders. What could this be?

Umm, hard to say.: Skin rashes are most difficult to diagnose without actually examining them. Can you feel the rash? Is it crusted? How old is your dtr? Since the rash is itching & now spreading, perhaps it would be wise to have your pediatrician or dermatologist examine this in person. Then specific treatment and preventive measures could be discussed with more accuracy. Just proper itch relief can be a blessing! ...Read more

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I had lice for a long time, and my lymph node on back right side of neck is enlarged, lice is removed but lymph node is still swollen, why?

I had lice for a long time, and my lymph node on back right side of neck is enlarged, lice is removed but lymph node is still swollen, why?

Inflammation: Lymph nodes are part of our immune system. They enlarge to keep infection or inflammation from spreading. If your lymph node is larger than a nickle for over 4 wks, then consult your md>. ...Read more

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Is a swollen lymph node in bacht side of neck that is caused so probably by lice is small and rubbery. When it will go away?

Is a swollen lymph node in bacht side of neck that is caused so probably by lice is small and rubbery. When it will go away?

Lice: When the lice is eradicated and there are no other causes for the lymph node like infected hair follicle. The fact that it is small, rubbery, and not growing over time is reassuring and could also mean it is a non pathologic node. We feel normal lymph node in different areas of our bodies in areas where they are closest to the skin. ...Read more

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Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Billions of lice in head, can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Yes: Lice is a parasite infection. As such, lymph node swelling is expected, especially with such a large infestation. Get the lice treated and if the glands don't go down in 2 weeks, then see your internist. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node on the right side of neck caused by lice infestation, when will it go away? 2 weeks after lice is removed?

Swollen lymph node on the right side of neck caused by lice infestation, when will it go away? 2 weeks after lice is removed?

2_-4 wks: Lymph nodes are located throughout the body & generally noticable in exposed areas like the neck. They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They rarely can become damaged by infection & grow to golf ball size & need drainage or removal. Most enlarge and later shrink back down within a 4 wk cycle unless chronically stimulated. ...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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Lice, mites, or tiny ticks infected my hair, face, and neck - itching and swelling after cleaning an empty cabin. Rid?

Lice, mites, or tiny ticks infected my hair, face, and neck - itching and swelling after cleaning an empty cabin. Rid?

Likely mites: From a bird or rodent. A vacuum works well in the cabin and if you do not need to remain there, stay out and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching. ...Read more

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Svr head/ear itch with bad neck rash. Did two lice trtmnt and nothing came off. Son had lice. In a lot of pain. Constant itch/scratch till bleed.

Svr head/ear itch with bad neck rash. Did two lice trtmnt and nothing came off. Son had lice. In a lot of pain. Constant itch/scratch till bleed.

No rash with lice: Lice don't cause a rash. You may have a reaction to the anti-lice treatment, or may have something like scalp fungus or something totally different. Best bet is to get examined by a healthcare provider. ...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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I have one itchy spot on my neck for a month now--no scabies-no lice- not allergic to any soaps--no new clothing--no scabies--what is it?

I have one itchy spot on my neck for a month now--no scabies-no lice- not allergic to any soaps--no new clothing--no scabies--what is it?

Hard to speculate: This may have started off as a simple reaction to something you came in contact with. If it has persisted this long it may be what is labeled a neurodermatitis, a fancy label for changes that occur if you itch & scratch producing more itching & scratching. It may respond to an otc hydrocortisone cream and your willful effort to avoid scratching for a couple months. Your doc may need to see it. ...Read more

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Have a chemical burn from lice treatment on back of neck and ears. Back of neck has formed a big puffy scab, ears still seeping. What do I do?

Have a chemical burn from lice treatment on back of neck and ears. Back of neck has formed a big puffy scab, ears still seeping. What do I do?

Lice treatment: You likely have irritant contact dermatitis. Keep you skin clean and apply 1% hydrocortisone cream to the affected areas twice a day. If there is no improvement in a week, you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I had lice & a sore popped up on my head. I scratched it & it got infected. I went to the ER & they lanced it & now my ear is sore & neck is swollen?

I had lice & a sore popped up on my head. I scratched it & it got infected. I went to the ER & they lanced it & now my ear is sore & neck is swollen?

Probably infection: Go to your doc or the same ER. You probably have an infection which should be treated right away. There are a lot of important structures up there including your brain! Get going now! ...Read more

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Could I have strep? My throat has been itchy dry and feels like it is on fire for three days. My lice omes and goes. Nothing is helping... Ugh

Could be: Your symptoms certainly appear to be consistent with a throat infection, be it viral or bacterial. As it is on the 3rd day, your throat is on fire, and your voice is coming and going, you should go see a dr. For an eval and testing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do the bites of body lice look like?

What do the bites of body lice look like?

Small red bumps: People infected with body lice usually have increased itching and rash under the arms, stomach area and groin. But the rash can occur on any part of the body. The rash is usually made up of small red bumps on a red base. This can look different if you are scratching the bumps or they become infected. The best place to look for body lice is on the clothing. ...Read more

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What do body lice bites normally look like?

What do body lice bites normally look like?

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 more

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What part of the body do skin lice bite?

What part of the body do skin lice bite?

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.
You can catch body lice if you come in direct contact with someone who has lice. You can also get lice from infected clothing, towels, . ...Read more

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What do bed bugs bites look like compared to lice ones?

What do bed bugs bites look like compared to lice ones?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually >. ...Read more

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What do lice bites look like on scalp? What does it look like when you scratch and becomes infected?

Like insect bites: The bites appear like small insect bites, if you scratch the area, then the region would be red, hot and tender to the touch, if infected. ...Read more

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Ii have micro black looking insects in my hair that bite and jump. What could they be and lice killer doesn't work on them.

It could be lice: Key to both remove the nits that stick to the hair as well as the adult lice. An all metal nit comb is very effective in removing nits. Come out small areas from scalp out. Most over the counter head lice products only kill the adult lice. The us centers for disease control and prevention has a great information website about head lice identification, control and prevention. ...Read more

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I pulled out a piece of dandruff out of my hair but it was black, and looked a bit smaller than a fruit fly is it lice?

I pulled out a piece of dandruff out of my hair but it was black, and looked a bit smaller than a fruit fly is it lice?

Nits adhere to hair.: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff.Pediculus humanus capitis or the head louse is a parasite that is about 1/8th of an inch long. It has 6 legs with a long body and a head in the. ...Read more

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If I had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could I expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

If I had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could I expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

Itching: Scabies shows up as tiny bites but the "bugs" are too small to see. The bites can be anywhere on the body, including the back of the hand (not so much the palm) and the penis. With lice, you can see the tiny white bugs. They don't tend to produce visible bites. They are in the hair - scalp or pubic. ...Read more

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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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I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.

Bug: Why don't you take a picture of it so it can be identified and then treated
make sure if you treat the lice the eggs should to treated also and the contacts should be treated also
be sure to comb hair with a fine tooth comb ...Read more

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How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

BITES: Is the bite from a wild boar? Or a tick? Or a louse? One medicine will not cure all. ...Read more

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I keep getting these bugs in my hair and I've tried everything they bite me ive done permethrin and malathion lice treatments home remedies help pls?

I keep getting these bugs in my hair and I've tried everything they bite me ive done permethrin and malathion lice treatments home remedies help pls?

Lice treatment: Over the counter products for lice treatments are available, but can be toxic. Some families have been successful smothering the lice with Cetaphil cleanser applied to dried hair, then dried with a hair dryer and washed the next day. Reinfestation will occur if nits are not completely removed and bedding/clothing/brushes are not treated. ...Read more

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I know I have lice in my hair on my head, eyelashes, eyebrows, and as well as in my public area but have bites on my legs and back as well! HELP!

There are several: Topical meds (pediculicides) available OTC to treat head lice and public lice. They must be used EXACTLY as directed. The red marks may be bites. OTC cortisone cream may help them go away but pediculicides won't YOU must HELP anyone you've had recent direct physical contact with or shared head gear with by advising them to check themselves for lice too. ...Read more

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Lice shampoo was used and no lice or nits seen, still feel smthg moving in head but can't see anything, plus wife getting bites on body while sleeping

Lice shampoo was used and no lice or nits seen, still feel smthg moving in head but can't see anything, plus wife getting bites on body while sleeping

Reinfestation?: If your head lice has infested your wife, you will need to get the whole household including yourself treated at the same time otherwise the cycle will never end. Having said that, the residual itching may last some days after the lice have been eradicated. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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