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Thoughts? Could permethrin spry kill all types of bugs in the mattress?

Thoughts? Could permethrin spry kill all types of bugs in the mattress?

No - it won't.: First off, don't spray mattresses with pesticide (unless label specifies that it can be safely done). Second, many bed bugs are resistant to pyrethroid pesticides. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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With lice, do the nits move in the hair?

With lice, do the nits move in the hair?

No.: The nits, which are the lice eggs cemented to the hair shafts, don't move, but the adult lice can scurry very quickly. ...Read more

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Could shampoo kill sperm in the shower?

Could shampoo kill sperm in the shower?

Nobody knows: Don't bet three people's future on it. A woman isn't going to get pregnant off a shower curtain, bar of soap, or swimming pool no matter what some ungentlemanly man may have done there earlier. But don't expect shampoo to be a contraceptive. ...Read more

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Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Can bed bugs live in sponge/soft toys? Will washing kill the bed bugs?

Washing: Washing in hot boiling water should eradicate the bugswho can live in soft and spongy toys. ...Read more

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Can shampoo kill sperm outside of the body?

Can shampoo kill sperm outside of the body?

Yes: Sperm die as soon as they are out of the body, unless they are inside a warm friendly vagina. Soap, shampoo etc would speed up sperm "kill". ...Read more

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What's the best lice eggs glue remover in 2017?

What's the best lice eggs glue remover in 2017?

I like vinegar: A stout vinegar like apple cider or pickling vinegar are mild acidic fluids that help dissolve the bonds between the hair & the nit. Using it as a daily rinse followed by combing out with a metal nit comb will usually do the job. There is conflicting reports that the vinegar may also kill living lice. ...Read more

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Can u soak in a diluted bleach bath and kill scabies mites in your skin?

Can u soak in a diluted bleach bath and kill scabies mites in your skin?

No. Use Elimite (permethrin). : No, Elimite (permethrin) (Topical Permethrin) is generally used to treat scabies. It requires a prescription. Generally ALL household members should be treated simultaneously even if only one (or some) are itchy. Otherwise the treated individual is likely to become reinfected by the other individuals in the home who are infected but not yet itchy/symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can the norovirus live in carpet?

Can the norovirus live in carpet?

Highly contagious: Norovirus can spread quickly in closed places like daycare centers, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships. Read more at: https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/about/transmission.html ...Read more

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Can parasites crawl in the scrutom?

Can parasites crawl in the scrutom?

Not Likely: Anything is possible, but for this to occur they have to get there somehow and the system is pretty well closed unless accidentally or intentionally breached - through a deep open wound possibly from a piercing could make it happen or from surgery. If you had a piercing, see a doctor immediately if not healing properly. ...Read more

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Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Will rubbing alcohol made of ethanol kill scabies mites around the house?

Unlikely: Scabies mites do not survive more than 2-3 days away from human skin. Items such as bedding, clothing, and towels used by a person with scabies can be decontaminated by machine-washing in hot water and drying using the hot cycle or by dry-cleaning. Items that cannot be washed or dry-cleaned can be decontaminated by removing from any body contact for at least 72 hours. ...Read more

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Is there a special way to clean up the dead tapeworms in my house?

Are there many?: It's unusual to find even one. I'd be curious to know how you identified them. There's a cruel scam in which people are told that their bodies and their surroundings are infested with tapeworms -- most often this is simply untrue. If you're interested in the borderlands of science, get with an evidence-based holistic practitioner who can give you real scientific guidance. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Should I throw away my hats to prevent reinfection from tinea capitis ? Can the fungus stay on the fabric on the hat?

Should I throw away my hats to prevent reinfection from tinea capitis ? Can the fungus stay on the fabric on the hat?

Cleaning: Getting the hats cleaned should be enough. The fungus is in the air anyway. Alternatively, if put the hats in a plastic bag and expose the bag to direct sunlight (would help if it were summer) the temperature in the bag will get high enough to kill the fungus. ...Read more

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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Not for sure: Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed sheets sand if you have bets also do it for them. ...Read more

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How long of lice shampoo use would kill the lice?

Remove eggs: for a proper lice removal.use a product which kills lice and its eggs(nits). even 3 days of proper use put shampoo and wait for 4 hrs .then rinse after that comb with a fine tooth comb to remove the dead nits if other family members have it they should all be treated at the some time you may repeat this weekly for 3 times use RC spray on the bedding and furniture to kill the remaining eggs ...Read more

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Can scabies kill the part of the skin?

Can scabies kill the part of the skin?

No.: I'm not sure exactly what you're asking, but mostly, scabies just itches. A lot. It cannot by itself cause any permanent damage to the skin. ...Read more

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Does mebendazole kill pinworms all over the body or just in the intestines?

Does mebendazole kill pinworms all over the body or just in the intestines?

Pinworms R: Intestinal parasites. Female emerges from anus at night & lays eggs on skin. Mebendazole kills the intestinal pinworms (& other intestinal worm parasites) but does not affect the eggs, sometimes 2nd treatment is required to eradicate worms. Fastidious hygiene is also important: wash hands thoroughly, wash underwear, bedding, towels where eggs may be. Worms typically not found elsewhere in body. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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