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Does Having Head Lice Mean The Person Is Dirty With Poor Hygiene
Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more
Sharing: Head lice can be transmitted from one individual to another by direct scalp-to-scalp contact, sharing hair brushes or other hair accessories, and by coming in contact with bedding or cushions that were in contact by an infected individual. Follow the directions of your doctor closely to best eradicate the lice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sort of: They belong to similar family of lice. Pediculosis pubis can be googled and in general are a little fatter than head lice. It is difficult to see as you will require a magnifying lense or microscope to determine them. I would see your pcp or dermatologist locally for this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will Need Medication: Unfortunately, you need a medicinal shampoo to kill off the lice and their offspring. However, there are many over-the-counter products to choose from. The key is to get rid of the eggs and/or kill off the hatched offspring before they get a chance to reproduce. If any eggs survive (they are attached to the hair follicles), the cycle just begins all over again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What happens if you have head lice and you can't get them all out because a lot of them have spreaded too much, then?
Call your doctor: Lice can be hard to eradicate because they can become resistant to medications available at the grocery store. Discuss with your doctor- there are prescription options. Consider cutting your hair short which can make it easier to remove the insects and eggs. Have someone help you - you need a fine tooth comb and patience to remove all the eggs and insects from every area of scalp. Repeat often. ...Read more
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