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Do Lice Eggs Itch
Head lice: Itching may continue even after all lice are destroyed. This happens because of a lingering allergic reaction to their bites. Over-the-counter cortisone (corticosteroid) creams or calamine lotion may help. For severe itching, antihistamine medicines (such as benadryl) or stronger, prescription-strength corticosteroid creams may be needed. Don't give antihistamines without doctors permission. ...Read more
My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff. What might be causing it?
Possible Fungus: Of the 5 common causes for itchy scalp (Seborrhea (dandruf), Psoriasis (inflammation), Fungus (ring worm), Head Lice, and Allergy), Fungal seems most likely. Try using an Anti-fungal shampoo or scalp cream. The pharmacist should be able to point out one that is safe for your son's age. Follow the directions on the shampoo. If this does not help, you should have his scalp examined. Hope this helps! ...Read more
My head itches, its not lice, I think my head is just dry. I have been checked. Don't say go to the doctor! What should I do? Please help!
Dandruff shampoo: Are you african american or are you caucasian? If you are afro american try applying and oil to your scalp to see if that helps. If you were caucasian buy a dandruff shampoo and wash your hair more frequently to see if the itching goes away. ...Read more
Itch: Itching scalp could be due to all the causes you listed, but it also could be due to a fungal infection. The type of shampoo you use can also cause this so I recommend switching to a hypoallergenic product if you haven't already. Also stress can sometime result in somatic symptoms such as itchiness, see your doctor soon to find the cause and get relief. ...Read more
Check again: I would thouroughly check your head and hair again for any remaining lice or nits. Often, many of the treatments need to be repeated one week after initial treatment. Also, keep in mind that the shampoos used to treat lice can cause some irritation to the scalp which can induce itching and may not represent a residual lice infestation. ...Read more
Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?
Smelly Hair: Basically, unpleasant odor in hair arises due to microbial growth on oily scalp. Factors like poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating, strenuous physical activity, overactive sebaceous glands on scalp, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, cigarette smoking etc contribute in causing smelly hair. ...Read more
I like vinegar: A stout vinegar like apple cider or pickling vinegar are mild acidic fluids that help dissolve the bonds between the hair & the nit. Using it as a daily rinse followed by combing out with a metal nit comb will usually do the job. There is conflicting reports that the vinegar may also kill living lice. ...Read more
Lice: These nits, or lice eggs, hatch in about 7 to 12 days. Baby lice or nymphs are about the size of a pinhead when they hatch, and quickly mature into adult lice in about a 9 to 12 days. ...Read more
Yes: Assuming you have been treated for the lice body lotions or cortisine creams and aalamine lotions all help once treated the itching will subside precription meds help as well. ...Read more
Lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. ...Read more
I have lice and only found 6 bugs... will I find any more bugs or eggs? I haven't found many bugs yet and have only been exposed for 3 days.
Lice: If you have seen one on you then you have more. Get seen and treated. Probably need to treat the whole family. After you have the medicine then wash bed coverings with hot water and bed clothes. ...Read more
Vaccuum them up: Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture & your vehicles. ...Read more
Vinegar wash: If you use vinegar (regular, apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar)as a hair rinse it will soften the glue that holds the nit to the hair & it will separate easier from the shaft. A fine tooth nit come is helpful for this process. It can be repeated daily for a week & may kill active bugs too. ...Read more
Treatment of lice: Requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix (permethrin) or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. Natural ...Read more
If these are red itchy dots on the skin, then possibly. Lice eggs appear white and typically are on clothing. Often rash over the hairy body regions. You should have this checked with your primary care doctor to make sure. A magnifying glass may be required to actually see the eggs on clothing and/or lice.
Others: dermatitis, skin irritation, other bugs. ...Read more
I've tried every possible lice medicine and visited doctors yet no kind of medication is helping, and the eggs are more common than lice, what to do?
Several things: If you rinse your hair daily with copious amounts of a stiff vinegar, (pickling vinegar does well), this can loosen the eggs attachment to hair. Combing the eggs out with a nit comb will then have more success. If you do that for a week & then try the OTC product it may work better. If not there are some prescription meds for the resistant lice. ...Read more
Elbow grease: Medications are effective to varying degrees in killing lice and lice eggs (nits), but the eggs are cemented the the hair shaft. They can be removed with 'nit combs' or by hand. You can even hire professional 'nitpickers' (really!). Schools usually have 'no nit' policies, but old nits do not not necessarily signify an active or contagious infection. ...Read more
Lice are not nice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. ...Read more
Yes: Head lice eggs are laid at scalp level by sexually mature lice. You can have lice for ~10 days before they start laying& they are tiny & hard to see. You cannot assume that a casual mature louse laid one egg and then committed suicide. If it is there & really a nit, it means trouble. If you treated &just have a nit left over from prior infestation, just get rid of the nit & retreat if lice return. ...Read more
Lice eggs: Lice eggs need warmth to hatch. So all nits on the hair less than an inch from the scalp should be removed. Beyond an inch, the nits have either hatched or contain unhatchable eggs. However, for cosmetic reasons, remove the nits as they cause white specks that are easily visible especially on black hair. ...Read more
Olive oil/ nit comb: Head lice nits can only best be removed using a metal nit comb. Try applying a liberal amount of olive oil- cover with a plastic hair cap and leave in over night. The olive oil will help to loosen the nit glue and also kill adult lice. Then use a metal nit comb to remove the nit- you will need to comb small amounts of hair at a time. ...Read more
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