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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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We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. in very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more

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Ive just recovered from yeast infection. But how can i tell if i have a healthy vagina? Like how can i tell if my vagina looks healthy?

Ive just recovered from yeast infection. But how can i tell if i have a healthy vagina? Like how can i tell if my vagina looks healthy?

Symptoms : If you have no symptoms of burning, itching, urinary symptoms, discharge, foul smell and sexual intercourse is not painful, it is likely that you don't have an infection though some infections like cervicitis can be asymptomatic, having a physician do a pelvic examination, vaginal examination and colposcopy will be useful in reassuring you. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent getting lice if my dorm had a huge lice infestation?

What can I do to prevent getting lice if my dorm had a huge lice infestation?

Hygiene: There is always a chance that you will get lice if you are in the dorm, probably the best prevention is good personal hygiene and shampoo often. ...Read more

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I think I have flea bites. How do I know if I have picked up a disease from them?

I think I have flea bites. How do I know if I have picked up a disease from them?

Most of the time: They are an annoyance, however fleas can carry tapeworms & murine typhus. In some parts of the world to include the southwestern United States they can carry a bacteria called yersinia pestis which can cause bubonic plague. ...Read more

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My dogs were diagnosed with whipworm. Could my husband and I have it? I hear it can be from contaminated water. Could it be our water? How do we know?

My dogs were diagnosed with whipworm. Could my husband and I have it? I hear it can be from contaminated water. Could it be our water? How do we know?

Infected feces: People can get whipworm.. The eggs are passed through the feces of infected people or animals. Unless you get your water from a contaminated well, it is an unlikely source. A mild infection may not cause any symptoms or you may experience. The best prevention is frequent handwashing, especially before handling food. Clean your yard of any dog feces. ...Read more

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I have heard that you can get crabs from public toilets and I am still a virgin. So could I have gotten crabs?

I have heard that you can get crabs from public toilets and I am still a virgin. So could I have gotten crabs?

Yes: Pubic lice can be spread from clothing or toutching other people in an area where the lice are. Toilet seats are not a common way to get infected. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have head lice are all killed?

New activity: You can be infested with juvenile lice before they start laying eggs & not recognize the activity.If you have removed the egg casings & killed the lice, you must wait out the next 2 weeks to see if you have got them all.Any that were missed or hatching new would take up to 10 days to mature & lay recognizable eggs. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have contracted Herpes ? can it be transmitted through kissing ? Can I stop it from breaking out if I have gotten it?

How can I know if I have contracted Herpes ? can it be transmitted through kissing ? Can I stop it from breaking out if I have gotten it?

About oral herpes...: Oral herpes (usually type 1) is considered universal, meaning a majority of adults have it, and caught it in childhood or adulthood. Kids catch oral herpes from their parents, siblings, or friends. If one has oral Herpes type 1, then she should have protection against type 1 virus from infecting other places on her body such as her genitals. A blood test after an outbreak can help verify herpes. ...Read more

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I believe I have pubic lice. How can I stop them from spreading?

You need to shave: Shave your pubic hair and see your doctor for a prescription to kill the lice pubic lice is contacted by sexual contact pubis to pubis and both partners need to be treated. ...Read more

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I think I have caught gastroenteritis. How do I get rid of it?

I think I have caught gastroenteritis. How do I get rid of it?

Viral gastroenteriti: Start w clear liquid like water, slightly flattened soda that is clear, or sports hydration drinks. Sip, sip, sip. Work up to solids w bland foods like bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, gelatin, or chicken. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, dairy & high fat foods. Rest. ...Read more

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How could my girlfriend have caught mono?

How could my girlfriend have caught mono?

Transfer: Mono like many viral illnesses is often contageous before the person knows they are sick. It will end up in their saliva which may pass to their fingers when they touch their face.It then will contaminate any surface/object/doorknob/banister etc that it touches. People often pick up these germs by touching objects & then touching their face/mouth.This can be transmitted intimately but often is not ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

How can I tell if I have got a throat infection?

By Symptoms: By symptoms of throat infection Sore Throat Diffculty swaloowing Fever White spots on tonsils Swollen glands in neck And get checked by your doctor to rule out Strep infection which needs to be treated with antibiotics ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have lice vs dandruff problems?

Both are itchy: With lice you see the nits or egg of lice.Dandruff shows the flakes or seborrea .Both presents with too much scalp itching. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

How can I tell if I have scabie or herpes?

Scabies vs Herpes?: Scabies looks like lines of burrows on skin made with little mounds or blisters. They cause itching which is often worse at night. Although they can be anywhere on skin they like going into skin folds (waistline, axilla, breasts, between fingers, feet, wrists, knees, elbows, buttocks ; genitalia.Herpes lesions are often found on the lips, skin around mouth, nose, chin, mouth, cheeks, ; even eye. ...Read more

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I suffer from pubic lice .I do not have a partner and had sex with any person even I've been treated I can still pass it on?

I suffer from pubic lice .I do not have a partner and had sex with any person even I've been treated I can still pass it on?

Not likely : If you have been treated for pubic lice, you wouldn't pass thud infection to you'd sex partner, unless your treatment wasn't adequate. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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