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My kid caught lice and scratches a lot, and his scratches become septic?

My kid caught lice and scratches a lot, and his scratches become septic?

Not likely: The word "septic" is an infection in the blood, usually with a gram negative, intestinal organism such as e coli. Even if the child breaks the skin and ends up with an infection on the skin, it is usually with a gram poitove such as staph or strep.They are less likely to spread to the blood from that source. Beside that, the skin of the scalp is tough and a little less likely to develop infection. ...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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What are symptoms of lice, besides scratching?

What are symptoms of lice, besides scratching?

Nits: Lice lay eggs on the hair that stick to it. They look like small transparent flakes that can be scraped off by combing with a fine tooth comb.If nitsare found, see a physician for further treatment. ...Read more

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My daughter is scratching her head, no lice no dandruff what could be the cause?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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What do lice bites look like on scalp? What does it look like when you scratch and becomes infected?

What do lice bites look like on scalp? What does it look like when you scratch and becomes infected?

Like insect bites: The bites appear like small insect bites, if you scratch the area, then the region would be red, hot and tender to the touch, if infected. ...Read more

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I have a itching scalp but its not lice and i've scratched so much it bleeds and scabs up what can I use to prevent this please help?

I have a itching scalp but its not lice and i've scratched so much it bleeds and scabs up what can I use to prevent this please help?

Selenium or coal tar: No really! is always best to see a doctor before the training regimen but you may save some time by using one of the two shampoos that i recommend. The first is selenium sulfide and is in many different brand names. Coal tar is used in t gel shampoo and i highly recommend that one, it maybe stinky but it does work. I tell my patients to use the shampoos three times a week and rinse after 10 min. ...Read more

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When I scratch my scalp oily dadrunff comes off with some black specks that are freaking me out! Used lice shampoo over 3 times but itching wont stop?

Freckles? blackheads: I do not think that the problem is lice. It may be blackheads, which is pigments in the sweat glands from another bacteria or detritus or a reaction to the oils in your hair. Use just a simple cleansing shampoo to start, and see a dermatologist for diagnosis. Or use HealthTap Prime &upload pictures. Good luck, & thanks for asking Health Tap! ...Read more

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Pubic lice gone but bumps not..When i don't touch them they settle down but white thing in them cause itching..When i scratch they get bigger and hurt?

Pubic lice gone but bumps not..When i don't touch them they settle down but white thing in them cause itching..When i scratch they get bigger and hurt?

Scabies: The itchy bumps may last for weeks after the lice have been killed since the body and fecal matter still remain at the site involved. Try some cortisone cream on the areas. ...Read more

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Svr head/ear itch with bad neck rash. Did two lice trtmnt and nothing came off. Son had lice. In a lot of pain. Constant itch/scratch till bleed.

Svr head/ear itch with bad neck rash. Did two lice trtmnt and nothing came off. Son had lice. In a lot of pain. Constant itch/scratch till bleed.

No rash with lice: Lice don't cause a rash. You may have a reaction to the anti-lice treatment, or may have something like scalp fungus or something totally different. Best bet is to get examined by a healthcare provider. ...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