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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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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What happens to a person if head lice is never treated?

What happens to a person if head lice is never treated?

Itching infection: They will spread throughout the head amd cause itching, secondary infected scalp and swollen gland. When extensive it may require cutting off the hair to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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Is there a form that you can sign if you don't want the ER to remove your clothing if you see unconscious ?

Is there a form that you can sign if you don't want the ER to remove your clothing if you see unconscious ?

Confusing question: Are you saying you would rather be allowed to die undiagnosed and treated rather than have your clothes removed ? Interesting idea, but not one that would be acceptable to any er or caregiver.If found unresponsive but alive, you would be transported and treated until you could be found mentally competent to refuse treatment. ...Read more

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Is it bad to be treated for STDs if you may not have them, doc's orders as " precaution, " it won't create a resistance will it ?

Is it bad to be treated for STDs if you may not have them, doc's orders as " precaution, " it won't create a resistance will it ?

STDs & Public Health: In many circles there is a standard to treat in high risk situations regardless of test results. The epidemic of gonorrhea and chlamydia is getting worse and this is because not everyone is getting treated appropriately. If there is a risk it is best to get this treated than to become sterile because you weren't appropriately treated. ...Read more

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Does it take time for an infection to develop (1-2 yrs) or does it come right away ? Can you diagnose if someone is pregnant by testing them for BV ?

Does it take time for an infection to develop (1-2 yrs) or does it come right away ? Can you diagnose if someone is pregnant by testing them for BV ?

BV not pregnancy: Testing for BV in no way tells you if pregnant. We do not understand well how BV develops, it may be over a longer period of time or more sudden. If interested to know if you are pregnant, do a home test. Good wishes. ...Read more

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How to tell if a person, child especially, is infected with roundworm?

How to tell if a person, child especially, is infected with roundworm?

Testing/Seeing: By testing the stool or seeing the worms. In the U.S. pinworm infections are more common than roundworm infections. The medication to treat these infections, Mebendazole, is the same, but the frequency & duration of the treatment is different. ...Read more

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Is it possible to ascertain if someone who is 18 will go bald in the future?

Is it possible to ascertain if someone who is 18 will go bald in the future?

Not really: Wait a few years. The more chest hair (which most people think looks good on a man) & beard thickness, the more likely the man is to have early hair loss. Look around and you'll see this is true. Some women prefer a hairy, balding man; others prefer a smooth man; most are most concerned about who the man is, his level of fitness, earning power, whether he is affectionate. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to dust and dogs however i've always wanted a puppy of my own. Do you think it would be possible to own a dog if it is hypoallergenic?

I'm allergic to dust and dogs however i've always wanted a puppy of my own. Do you think it would be possible to own a dog if it is hypoallergenic?

No such thing: A recent study showed that there is no such thing as hypoallergenic dog. In fact, these so-called hypoallergenic dogs actually put out more allergens than the poodles themselves. Your best bed is consulting an allergist who may be able to help you to get you wish. ...Read more

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If a dog with rabies bites you how long should it take just for the bite to show a sign of an infection?

If a dog with rabies bites you how long should it take just for the bite to show a sign of an infection?

Don't wait: If suspected at all, get to an er asap for treatment. Rabies is historically almost always fatal! ...Read more

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If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

If you attract herpes do the person you get it from has to have an outbreak and how long does it take for it to appear on you ?

4 days: Incubation period (time from getting infected to appearance of symptoms) is about 4 days. Transmission most commonly occurs from an infected partner who does not have a visible sore and may not know that he or she is infected. After infection, a woman may not develop symptoms and never know that she has been infected. ...Read more

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If you have gential warts and it pops is it highly possible to be infected? What treatment or medications will i need ?

If you have gential warts and it pops is it highly possible to be infected? What treatment or medications will i need ?

Genital warts: Genital warts don't pop. If you have something that pops it might be molluscum contageosum. See your dermatologist or gynecologist for diagnosis and therapy. ...Read more

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Is it harmful to have a dog living with you if you have breast cancer?

Is it harmful to have a dog living with you if you have breast cancer?

Should be ok: I would limit direct contact immediately after surgery while your wounds are healing. But after your best friend can be a welcome companion and supporter. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child's head to be infested with lice?

How long is it supposed to it take for a child's head to be infested with lice?

Lice: If by infested you mean catch it from someone else - when the adult lice move to your head you may not feel any symptoms. As they start to hatch new ones you may notice many more and have more symptoms. This typically happens 6-12 days after exposure. Life cycle of a louse is 9-15 days. This is also why treatment should happen twice to get two life cycles. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Help plz! Can primary koch's infection in children develop even if it is not transmitted by another person?

Koch's infx/TB: Tuberculosis just doesn't develop - you catch it from someone who is infected. It is only transmitted human to human, so you need to be exposed to someone who either has an active case or is a carrier. Many people worldwide are unaware they are infected, are asymptomatic carriers. That's why when someone is diagnosed with TB, everyone around them they've had contact with need to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's safe for a person to take hair growth supplements if they had pulmonary embolism in the past?

Can you explain if it's safe for a person to take hair growth supplements if they had pulmonary embolism in the past?

Supplements: To advise about a supplement, you must know the exact content of the particular supplement. "hair growth supplements" doesn't say a whole lot. Some people think rubbing manure on your head will help hair grow. ...Read more

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So then what would happen if your child ingested a button battery and it wasn't witnessed. How soon would you most likely see symptoms? Scares me!

So then what would happen if your child ingested a button battery and it wasn't witnessed. How soon would you most likely see symptoms? Scares me!

Don't wait: Onset of symptoms can vary by battery type/size. If likelihood is high that battery was ingested then er for x-ray is advised. ...Read more

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


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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