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Lice (Overview)

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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Lice (Overview)

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)

Do comb hair when wet and with added lubricants, to effectively remove lice. ...See more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household members with nix permethrin with dr approval
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Check every person with lice for nits (eggs) every 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 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)

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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Are public lice white?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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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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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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