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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

How to best avoid getting head lice when working with children?

Lice be gone!: Don't share combs, brushes, or hats, and try to make sure your charges do not share these things either! use your own towels as well. If you suspect a child has head lice, don't ignore it. ...Read more

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I had found two children that go to the daycare center that have head lice can I get it and if they are not to cloes to me?

Avoid transfer agent: Living lice are somewhat stealth in their activities.They are hard to see and often get hung up in brushes, combs, scarves and hats and transfer to others who may borrow them.In a day care setting, any bedding that may be used for naps may be contaminated, so inspect and avoid them.Tossing them in a dryer for a cycle will kill them. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice?

How to remove head lice?

Cetaphil: Cetaphil and a hairdryer can eliminate lice.www.ehow.com/how_2123367_treat-head-lice-cetaphil.html this website gives a great description of how to do the treatment. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice?

Various methods: A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step.The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb. ...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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Headphones and head lice?

Headphones and head lice?

Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more

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Where do head lice come from?

Where do head lice come from?

Get: You get lice from someone else that has lice. Usually for head lice from comb, brush, hat, other head wear etc. ...Read more

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Can head lice really be harmless?

Can head lice really be harmless?

Lice: Lice can cause significant itching. The lice can transmit diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever &relapsing fever. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice naturally?

Lots of effort: There is a large movement to not coat the head with Permethrin or lindane due to potential neurotoxicity, and the risk is relevant. Non medicated products like licemd or ovid are effective, but nothing works better than the nit-loosening gel (ok, so it's not totally natural), the fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort getting out all nits and lice. Then repeating the effort. ...Read more

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How common is head lice in the us?

How common is head lice in the us?

Endemic: More common on elementary age children. It will occur in pockets within a school or classroom .It will also occur in waves over time. ...Read more

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What causes head lice in a person?

What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have head lice?

Lice Head: Mature head lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed, don't hop or jump and lay eggs called nits that stick to the hair shaft. Main symptoms are severe itching especially at night when they feed. Due to this, scratch marks on the skin can be visible. You may also find swollen glands at the back of the ears school nurses are very familiar with them. You can consult your doctor if uncertain. ...Read more

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How is head lice formed on your head?

Get from others: Head lice are small insects that do not form on your head, but you get them from others. They lay eggs, called nits, which are glued to the hair shafts. Head lice do not cause disease but have a high 'yuck' factor! several treatments are available to get rid of them. ...Read more

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How long do head lice generally live?

Head Lice: The life span of an adult louse on a host ranges up to 30 days. During this time, the female head louse can deposit about 90 eggs. After incubating for seven to 10 days, the nits hatch and, after another 10 days, mature into adult head lice and the cycle begins again. Off the host, adult head lice can live about two to four days at 74 degrees fahrenheit (f) and one to two days at 86 degrees. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice fast and easy?

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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What are the symptoms of head lice like?

What are the symptoms of head lice like?

Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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