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After a lice infestation, what is the best way to clean your floors, curtains, clothes etc.?

After a lice infestation, what is the best way to clean your floors, curtains, clothes etc.?

Lice: Washing, soaking, or drying items at temperatures greater than 130°f (54.4°c) will kill stray lice or eggs. Furniture, carpeting, car seats, and other fabrics or fabric-covered items can be vacuumed; pediculicide spray should not be used. Eggs attached to fallen hairs are very unlikely to incubate and hatch at room temperatures and, if they did, the nymphs would need to find a source of blood. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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How long can head lice survive on my furniture and clothes?

How long can head lice survive on my furniture and clothes?

A few days: Lice starve to death in 1-2 days off the human host. Nits however survive longer. A nit hatches 7-9 days after the egg is laid. As a result it is recommended to first treat the lice on the "host" then wash clothes, bedcovers and vacume furniture. Also wash brushes and combs. ...Read more

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Feels like something crawling on scalp and at times on my body. No evidence - fleas, lice or louse. Began after dog began sleeping on floor next to be?

Feels like something crawling on scalp and at times on my body. No evidence - fleas, lice or louse. Began after dog began sleeping on floor next to be?

Probably lice: No need for an evidence, try not to sleep alongside your pet, excessive personal hygiene and rigorous washing of clothing might help, if those measures don't work, see your doctor ...Read more

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How can I treat lice?

Tx of lice : Requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. ...Read 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 I look for lice?

How do I look for lice?

lice: A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A person may develop sores from scratching. Scratching can be significant enough to prevent good sleep. Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. >. ...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