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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)

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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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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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 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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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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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