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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


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When we should repeat the treatment to kill all parasites...In scabies or pediculosis ? Is that selective of obligatory to repeat ?

Scabies/ Lice: Both r notorious, need complete eradication from body, clothes, sofa, beds, siblings, friends..., i mean must leave your house and contacts. Scabies med. From head/neck to toe, repeat after 7 days; follow instruction clearly. Pediculosis can be in head, armpit, pubic and any hairy areas. Sometime resistant. Go online/google, look for restistnt peduculosis eradication tips. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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How do you get scabies or body lice?

How do you get scabies or body lice?

Contact: Scabies can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact, or through shared bedding, towels, and clothing of an infested person. Body lice are transmitted in a similar way but are very uncommon except in the homeless population. Unlike scabies which burrow under the skin causing an intense itching and inflammatory rash, lice live on the skin and in the clothes of the infested person. ...Read more

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What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

Bumps and itch: Typically red very itchy bumps, and specifically for scabies burrow like rash that is itchy and most commonly in areas of skin folds. ...Read more

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What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

Permethrin: Permethrin is the most effective treatment for scabies. Applied from the neck down, and left on for up to 12 hours, then removed. Ivermectin is an oral medication that can be taken once to treat scabies. Lindane is effective but may cause neurotoxicity and so is used after other remedies have failed. ...Read more

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If i had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could i expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

Itching: Scabies shows up as tiny bites but the "bugs" are too small to see. The bites can be anywhere on the body, including the back of the hand (not so much the palm) and the penis. With lice, you can see the tiny white bugs. They don't tend to produce visible bites. They are in the hair - scalp or pubic. ...Read more

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What is an effective way to treat your vehicle for scabies/head lice?

What is an effective way to treat your vehicle for scabies/head lice?

General cleaning: With lice, only areas where the head has touched are at risk. Would wipe the area down and vacuum it. With scabies it is spread to the environment with direct skin contact. It is unlikely to be an issue in your car. Would recommend general cleaning to the areas as well with wipe down and vacuum. Extreme cleaning in either case is not necessary or indicated. ...Read more

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Does nix (permethrin) lice lotion kill scabies?

Not a good choice: Nonprescription nix (permethrin 1%) is used to treat lice but is not strong enough to cure scabies. Prescription Permethrin 5%(elimite) cream is the most common medication to treat scabies and it works well. Lindane is mentioned in the above answer- it is rarely used now and carries a boxed warning because it has caused seizures and death in some age groups and low weight individuals. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Scabies (Definition)

Scabies is a skin disease caused by a mite infection. Symptoms include an extremely itchy, linear rash where the mite has ...Read more