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Lice (Definition)

Lice are small insects which may live on a person's scalp, lay eggs on his hair, and feed on his blood.

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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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Treating Head Lice (Tip)

Treating Head Lice

Don't give up - more time spent on combing nits out you have a better chance of having the lice gone. ...See more

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Treating Pubic LIce (Checklist)

Use prescription strength anti-lice lotion/cream
Daily
Boil underwear to prevent against re-infestation
Once
Make sure partner follows same regimen to avoid reinfection
Once
Trim pubic hair to reduce reinfection
Once
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How can you tell if you have lice?

How can you tell if you have lice?

Lice: With head lice, you may have intense itching of the scalp. Small, red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders may become crusty and ooze. You may have white specks (eggs, or nits) on the bottom of each hair that are hard to get off. The best thing to do is for you to see a doctor evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My friend has lice please help me tell her not to come over?

My friend has lice please help me tell her not to come over?

Why not just...: ...Tell her to seek treatment? The treatment for lice (either head or pubic) is very straightforward, and not expensive. Once she is treated, you can let her come over all she wants. ...Read more

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Treating Head Lice (Tip)

Comb hair with your nit comb carefully starting at the base. Section hair and "nit pick" daily. ...See more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household people with Nix permethrin, if approved by doctor
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Each person who had lice should be checked for nits (eggs) each day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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How do you remove lice? :(

Special comb and tx: Buy the lice treatment at your local store and follow the directions and wash all linens but the lice comb must be used to remove all the eggs. Consider other family members or contacts. ...Read more

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Does anyone have any good remedies for very resistant lice?

Tx environment too: Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture & your vehicles. ...Read more

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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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