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I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

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

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Body Lice (Definition)

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


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How long can undetected lice eggs remain attached on hair?

How long can  undetected lice eggs remain attached on hair?

HEAD LICE: It will always be attached to the hair unless pulled out of the hair strand.Live ones presents with a click and dead ones are thinned out when crushed between fingernails. ...Read more

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Would it be considered important to remove old lice eggs from hair?

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

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Do I have lice? I have a type of bug living in my hair that looks like lice but there are no visible eggs, nobody else in the house has caught them, and i never have combed out more than 20 bugs every few days with a metal lice comb. Most of the time my h

This : This is very challenging to answer without a clinical picture and seeing in person. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. They can examine you and look for nits in your hair. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Hi doctors I have a big problem, how to spend the lice and their eggs (louses) in the hair? Please help me.

Hi doctors I have a big problem, how to spend the lice and their eggs (louses) in the hair? Please help me.

Nix (permethrin) shampoo: Permethrine (nix) shampoo followed by combing out eggs from hair by using fine comb is the first step. If not successful, see your doctor to get more potent pediculocidal preparation. ...Read more

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I m farida. i have head egg lice which is sticky to my hair and doesn't go since long years. please help me with simple home remedies?

Nit comb/vinegar: Some find that a strong solution of pickling or apple cider vinegar can help loosen the bond the nit (lice egg) has to hair. Rinsing the hair in this solution followed by combing with a fine comb can help. Another product may be needed to kill the lice, but this can help with the eggs. ...Read more

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Can vacuuming your hair out also help get lice eggs out?

Not recommended: The best way to remove lice eggs is with a lice comb and careful combing. Lice eggs stick to the hair shaft and need work to remove. An over the counter lice treatment and lice comb are the best way to go. Leave the vacuuming to your carpets! ...Read more

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Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Can I get head lice from hugging someone with lice eggs in their hair?

Depends: Head lice are hard to see.It is the active lice, jumping to your hair that could infect you, not the eggs.The eggs are glued to the hair.However, if there are eggs visible, there are likely living lice on the scalp.They could transfer in a hug, or on shared hats/scarves/combs or brushes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a flat iron to get the stray lice eggs out of my daughter's hair?

Wouldn't advise it: 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

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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