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Doctor insights on: Head Lice Symptoms

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How are head lice spread?

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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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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Is head lice contagious

Is head lice contagious

Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members. ...Read more

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Can head lice cause itchy eyes?

Absolutely!: Lice can infest the eyelashes. They are hard to see without magnification, so see an eye doctor. ...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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Headache burning scalp vertigo crawling feeling on head and face fatigue itching?

Headache burning scalp vertigo crawling feeling on head and face fatigue itching?

Multiple symptoms: These multiple symptoms may not be related to one specific diagnosis and anxiety and stress may be the main culprit. Nevertheless, it's best to have your physician take a careful history and examine you if these symptoms persist and appropriate tests will be ordered if deemed necessary. Perhaps stress management therapy will be recommended. ...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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What does a head lice infestation look like?

What does a head lice infestation look like?

Head Lice: Adult lice on scalp. The most common spots to find adult lice are behind your ears and along the back of your neck. Lice are tiny, about the size of a strawberry seed, but they can be up to 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) in size. Lice eggs (nits) on hair shafts. Nits resemble tiny pussy willow buds. Nits can be mistaken for dandruff, but unlike dandruff, they can't be easily brushed out of hair. ...Read more

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Can head lice cause hair loss?

Typically not: but in an attempt to get rid of the lice, you can pull a lot of hair out by accident. I like using companies like hair fairies to help get rid of lice quicker ...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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Could a flat iron kill head lice along with their eggs?

The Lice ; nits: Are right at the scalp. So, you would most likely injure yourself significantly with this approach. ...Read more

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Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

No: The forelegs of lice are specifically designed for different body hair types. Head lice are only able to cling to head hair. Pubic lice specifically attach to pubic hair, but interestingly, can also attach to eyelashes. ...Read more

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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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Intense head itch, bilaterally. No lice or eggs. history of sensitive skin. ?

Intense head itch, bilaterally. No lice or eggs. history of sensitive skin. ?

Scalp dermatitis: Could be another condition causing a scalp dermatitis, such as seborrhea dermatitis, which can also cause flaking of skin and dandruff. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm suffer from allergy symptoms from the scalp does pubic lice cause this?

No...: If you have lice in you scalp, then you can blame them for being itchy. Lice only in the pubic area will not affect your scalp at all. You don't have to live with lice - treat today and you shouldn't have to worry about it any further. The treatments can be a bit harsh on the skin, but in a few days (if you happened to get skin irritation) that should resolve. ...Read more

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What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

Fungal Infections: One of the most common causes for scalp sores are ring worm on scalp otherwise called Tinea capitus. Bacterial infections can also cause sores on the scalp ...Read more

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How long after head lice get onto my head would they start laying the eggs/nits?

How long after head lice get onto my head would they start laying the eggs/nits?

It depends on where: they are in their life cycle when they get onto your head. There are adult males and females and only the females lay eggs. Check out this link to the life cycle of head lice: https://images.search.yahoo.com/images/view;_ylt=A0LEViwYs61UOaIAcj0PxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBsa3ZzMnBvBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw--?p=head+lice+life+cycle&back=https%3A%2F%2Fsearch.yahoo.com%2Fyhs%2Fsearch%3Fp%3Dhead%2Blice%2Blife%2Bcycle%26hsimp%3Dyhs-001%26hspart%3Dmozilla%26ei%3DUTF-8&w=847&h=484&imgurl=www.mnlicelady.com%2Fresources%2FHeadlice_Lifecycle.jpg&size=38KB&name=Headlice_Lifecycle.jpg&rcurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mnlicelady.com%2Fmyths-facts.php&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mnlicelady.com%2Fmyths-facts.php&type=&no=1&tt=119&oid=49592317e194b3ea05198706d481fab7&tit=head+lice+life+cycle&sigr=119fl54uk&sigi=11j6919ca&sign=10mr2ehqg&sigt=103d1h5lg&sigb=130dlufm9&fr=yhs-mozilla-001&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-001 ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

A condition in which hair gets infested with tiny parasites that feed on blood ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

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