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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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Does pubic fleas (lice) go away by it's own? I had it for some time now and now I can't find any anymore

Does pubic fleas (lice) go away by it's own? I had it for some time now and now I can't find any anymore

Asymptotic??: If you are without symptoms they could indeed have "decamped" for better pickings. The next time you see your doc you can ask him to take a look-see. ...Read more

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Feels like something crawling on scalp and at times on my body. No evidence - fleas, lice or louse. Began after dog began sleeping on floor next to be?

Feels like something crawling on scalp and at times on my body. No evidence - fleas, lice or louse. Began after dog began sleeping on floor next to be?

Probably lice: No need for an evidence, try not to sleep alongside your pet, excessive personal hygiene and rigorous washing of clothing might help, if those measures don't work, see your doctor ...Read more

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Hi - I m pretty sure I have lice, but my apartment also has fleas. Will Nix (1% permethrin) kill both these pests?

Hi - I m pretty sure I have lice, but my apartment also has fleas. Will Nix (1% permethrin) kill both these pests?

Yes and maybe no...: Sorry for the confusing answer. Permethrin may indeed kill both, but also many of these pests are now resistant to that drug. In some areas of the US as much as 50% of luce are resistant to Permethrin. If you're having problems with recurring infestations, talk to your doc about other options for treatment in your area of the country. Also, remember environmental controls to prevent recurrences ...Read more

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If you put a cat or dog flea collar on a girl's ponytail, is that an effective way to kill head lice?

If you put a cat or dog flea collar on a girl's ponytail, is that an effective way to kill head lice?

No!: Flea collars are designed to kill parasites that infest cats & dogs, not human head lice. Not only would it not work, but there is some evidence that the chemicals in flea collars might be toxic to children, particularly young ones. There are several effective fda-approved treatments for head lice; stick with those. ...Read more

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How to remove lice?

How to remove lice?

Lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on humans, usually in the pubic hair. They are passed on through close body contact, such as when having sex. Infestation with pubic lice can cause itching but not everyone affected has symptoms. Treatment involves using an insecticide lotion or cream to kill the lice. http://patient.info/health/pubic-and-body-lice-leaflet ...Read more

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How can I treat 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

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Are public lice white?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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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