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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.?

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

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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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 for itching. ...Read more

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Lice are small insects which may live on a person's scalp, lay eggs on his hair, and ...Read more


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