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How could I have caught lice?

How could I have caught lice?

From another person!: As humans we are the host for 3 different kinds of lice: head lice, body lice, and pubic lice. Lice are wingless, bloodsucking insects. They are difficult to see because they are about the size of a sesame seed and they adapt to take on the colour of their surroundings. They are thought to spread through close contact.Pubic lice are usually spread through sexual contact. ...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


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My kid caught lice and scratches a lot, and his scratches become septic?

My kid caught lice and scratches a lot, and his scratches become septic?

Not likely: The word "septic" is an infection in the blood, usually with a gram negative, intestinal organism such as e coli. Even if the child breaks the skin and ends up with an infection on the skin, it is usually with a gram poitove such as staph or strep.They are less likely to spread to the blood from that source. Beside that, the skin of the scalp is tough and a little less likely to develop infection. ...Read more

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Can you catch body lice or crabs in public? Like on bus seats or anything like that??

Can you catch body lice or crabs in public? Like on bus seats or anything like that??

Body lice: You need to have close or intimate contact to catch but. But they can be on the clothes too. Be carful. ...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

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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Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Can you catch head lice from headphones or helmets?

Yes: Yes you could catch head lice from these things. It is usually transferred from combs and brushes. ...Read more

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Can catch pubic lice definately from public toilets?

Can catch pubic lice definately from public toilets?

Not likely: Pubic lice are very slow moving, and do not live very long at temperatures lower than the human body. Transmission is usually through prolonged intimate contact, although anything is possible. Symptoms of itching or sores in the pubic region should be evaluated. ...Read more

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If caught pubic lice once.Do people have them for the rest of their lives?

Lice treatment: Pubic lice infestation can be successfully treated and eradicated. A doctor can prescribe treatment to cure the problem. ...Read more

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I told my gp I caught pubic lice from public toilets she said to me know one cannot catch them from the toilets?

I told my gp I caught pubic lice from public toilets she said to me know one cannot catch them from the toilets?

Person to person: They are spread person to person or from fabric that an infested person has touched (like sofa, headrest, clothing, towels, hats, etc..). The CDC website had no warnings about solid surfaces such as toilet seats and I have never known anyone infested from this type of contact. ...Read more

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I just found out i caught head lice ,they are just about gone i have to do anothet treatment this sunday comming is it ok to still dye my hair?

Head lice: Actually dying your hair is one way to keep head lice away. Lice will not affect dyed hair. Let your beautician know so they can take appropriate precaution. If it is at home, no issue. ...Read more

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Can you catch head lice from cars, pillows or furniture?

Yes: They could be any were.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. They could be any were. ...Read more

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Can people have intercourse if pubic lice are cure but is there a possibility can a person still catch them ?

Lice: if both partners have been treated and cured then there is no possibility of spreading or catching pubic lice again from that partner. If one has intercourse with someone who has pubic lice even though you have been treated you will be reinfected. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could lice live inside your body?

No: Lice do not live inside your body or attack your organs. They live on skin/ hair. ...Read more

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They're brown. Is it lice or could it be something more serious!?

Nits: Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff. ...Read more

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It seems like lice but it is blackish in color... What could it be?

It seems like lice but it is blackish in color... What could it be?

Lice eggs, likely: Lice eggs may appear lighter, yellowish or darker, depending upon their age and nutritional status. Pl see attached picture and link ...Read more

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I feel like something is crawling on my head. it could be lice but if it isn't what could it be?

I feel like something is crawling on my head. it could be lice but if it isn't what could it be?

I think the first: ....thing you should do is find out if it IS lice. It's virtually impossible to see your own head SO SEE A DOCTOR!. Other things can cause this creepy-crawly sensation, certain cold medications for example, but lice definitely need to be looked for before you start wondering what else it could be. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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The back of my head has been ichy for over 3 weeks and i know i don't have lice what could it be?

Sebaceous Dermatitis: You might have dandriff or a dermatitis. Go see your family doc. You may need a special shampoo. Lice may still be a possibility. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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