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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.
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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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Pediculosis (Definition)

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