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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 is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

Lice deterent: I have seen shampoos in Health Food and vitamin/supplement stores that contain Tea Tree Oil that are labeled for this purpose. I have also seen products with Neem oil which may be effective (but would likely repel people too!). ...Read more

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Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

Can lice shampoo make your hair fall out?

No: Certain of the shampoos may make your hair dry and possibly crack particularly with overuse. Your hair should not fall out. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter is losing clumps of hair 2 days after using a lice shampoo. What do i do?

Watchful wait: Unfortunately this can be a common side effect of these types of medications, or just a side effect of having the actual lice infestation and inflammation that goes along with it. Most of the time we just watch and wait to see if new hair growth will occur (which is usually the case). Over the next several weeks you should see some fresh new growth. ...Read more

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My head has been itchy for a couple weeks i went without product in my hair and tried different shampoo nothing helps and its not lice.

Itchy scalp: You may have seborrhoic dermatitis or the beginning of psoriasis of the scalp.There are other conditions that can also cause problems so it best to see a dermatologist to see what's causing the problem. ...Read more

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Itchy hair even after using shampoo? Lice? Ringworm?

Itchy hair even after using shampoo?
Lice? Ringworm?

Long list.: Itchy hair can be caused by dry scalp, seborrhea, irritants (hair products/treatments), skin infections (can be ringworm, lice, scabies), insect bites, skin disorders (psoriasis or eczema, for example)... The list is long, so it is best to have your gp or a dermatologist check it out. ...Read more

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I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

I washed my hair with lice shampoo and used the treatment but head still itches. Help?

Check again: I would thouroughly check your head and hair again for any remaining lice or nits. Often, many of the treatments need to be repeated one week after initial treatment. Also, keep in mind that the shampoos used to treat lice can cause some irritation to the scalp which can induce itching and may not represent a residual lice infestation. ...Read more

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I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and are still there what can I do ?

I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and  are still there what can I do ?

Check every day: The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (egg) he can find after the first Nix (permethrin) shampoo. Checking one's hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits (lice eggs) are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. After 1 month of checking, one can just check weekly. ...Read more

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Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?

Smelly hair, itches, no flakes, no scales, no dandruff, no lice. Using neutrogena t/gel shampoo and conditioner. No relief. What is it?

Smelly Hair: Basically, unpleasant odor in hair arises due to microbial growth on oily scalp. Factors like poor personal hygiene, excessive sweating, strenuous physical activity, overactive sebaceous glands on scalp, exposure to chemicals and environmental pollution, cigarette smoking etc contribute in causing smelly hair. ...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