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Is it necessary to notify anyone if you develop a head lice infestation?

Is it necessary to notify anyone if you develop a head lice infestation?

School or work: It is not legally mandated that you tell these locations, but it allows them to make sure all individuals who are exposed can be treated if needed. ...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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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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What can be done for a head lice infestation?

What can be done for a head lice infestation?

Wet Combing: In addition to dr. Levey's answer, there is strong evidence for using a fine-toothed comb in wet hair to remove lice, especially if shaving is not a good option, eg in many school-aged girls. If you choose to use insecticides, check with your doctor as local resistance patterns often dictate which product is best to use. ...Read more

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Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

Treat it now!: 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 does a head lice infection feel like? How would i know what a head lice infestation feels like? What are the symptoms? .

What does a head lice infection feel like? How would i know what a head lice infestation feels like?  What are the symptoms?

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The : The typical clinical sign is an itchy scalp. If you look at the scalp closely you might see "nits" (eggs) of the lice, they look like miniature pieces of rice clinging to the hair shafts. If you suspect lice, you, and close family members should be evaluated and, if required, placed on the appropriate medications to eradicate them. Home treatment is rarely effective. You also need to be given instructions on how to clean your home, especially bed sheets, to prevent a recurrence. ...Read more

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Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

No: To this point the head lice do not transmit any disease. The scratching involved may allow infection by skin germs. ...Read more

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Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

No - they are : different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans): Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic lice = Pthirus pubis. ...Read more

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Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. It usually affects children and results in an itchy head. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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