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What are nits from lice bugs?

What are nits from lice bugs?

Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges.The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...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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Can detergents kill bedbugs and lice?

Not by themselves.: Declutter entire bedroom ; other effected rooms. Check site: http://treatmentforbedbugs.Com/" put all junk in tightly sealed plastic ; dispose of it. Wash clothing, linens, towels in hot water. Dry on highest heat - then repeat. Place clean items in a sealed bag to prevent re-infestation. Steam clean what can't go in. ...Read more

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Daughter got head lice. Lindane only killed bugs, not nits. Do any natural remedies work?

Daughter got head lice. Lindane only killed bugs, not nits. Do any natural remedies work?

Vinegar assist: Local application of a stout vinegar will sometimes loosen the bond the nit has to the hair, making it easier to remove. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar seem to work well.You will still need the nit comb or tweezers, but a liberal application of this can help. ...Read more

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Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Can lice, once killed, comeback and re-infest my hair?

Yes!: Lice are small insects that live in hair and nest there. The eggs can hatch later even if shampoo has killed all the live bugs. Even if you have eliminated them from the hair, others can always re-infest if you come into contact with clothing, hats, combs, or other people who are still infested. It's important to wash all clothes, bedding, and other items that the whole family has used as well. ...Read more

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How are head lice spread?

Contact: Sharing combs, headgear or sleeping or lying on same furniture. It is common to spread within a classroom or within a household.Each person needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Can my cat spread the human scabies mite?

Doubtful: Animals ; pets carry different scabies mites. Scabies mites that live on pets are different from the ones found on humans. But, mites on pets may be transmitted to you from an infested pet. They can burrow under your skin resulting in itching. This type of mite will not reproduce on you ; should die within several days. You won't require medication but your animal needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Are ringworms from cats and dogs?

Yes....but: Ringworm is just a lay term for a fungus that can be found in many sites. Furry animals, dirt & humans are the main carriers that infect humans. Before you give away fido or kitty be aware they are not the only source. ...Read more

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How to remove lice and nits without a nit comb?

Nits & 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. Nit comb not required. 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

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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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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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Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Yup: Ticks...Rocky mountain spotted fever fleas...Murine typhus mites....Scrub typhus lice...Epidemic typhus. ...Read more

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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Not for sure: Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed sheets sand if you have bets also do it for them. ...Read more

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Can scabie mites eggs still hatch off the skin?

Can scabie mites eggs still hatch off the skin?

After what?: Not sure what your question is. You have some question of hatching ability of scabies eggs. If you used the medication prescribed to treat the scabies, any unhatched eggs should become unviable, meaning dead and unable to hatch. If you have any doubt, repeat the original treatment 1 week after initial treatment. If different concern, please clarify question. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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