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What is the life cycle of the head louse?

What is the life cycle of the head louse?

3 stages: There are 3 stages: nit (egg), nymph (smaller version of adult), and adult. Time from egg to having another egg develop is one month. ...Read more

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I found one head louse on my daughter but can't find any more. Still need treatment?

I found one head louse on my daughter but can't find any more. Still need treatment?

Yes: Many are not able to find the lice. If there's one & your kid isn't totally bald, there will be others. A simple otc rx may work well with your situation. If there are visible nits (egg casings), they have been there at least 10 days & you will need to monitor for a while after rx and removal of all nits. ...Read more

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So you can have live lice but no nits, correct? I found and removed about 5 live louse from my daughter's head last night. I did not find any nits,

So you can have live lice but no nits, correct? I found and removed about 5 live louse from my daughter's head last night. I did not find any nits,

In theory: It does take about 10 days for lice to begin laying eggs, but I would suspect you just didn't see them. They are laid at the hair line where the lice usually stay. As the hair grows (1/2 in/m) they push out from the scalp. I'd go back an look for several days. ...Read more

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Have lice after shaven head help?

Lice or scabies or?: Although scabies usually doesn't affect the scalp, if it were, it would be behind ears and at base of head. Shaving your hair off would usually have treat pediculosis (lice). Have your doctor evaluate you. Treat you scalp/body with a scabicide such as permethrin as directed, or perhaps ivermectin. Scabies is caused by a skin-burrowing mite, so would not be affected by shaving. Could be fungal. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lice on a child's head?

What are the symptoms of lice on a child's head?

Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I put my head on snow, will the lice on my head die?

Can you tell me if I put my head on snow, will the lice on my head die?

Unlikely to happen: The lice would simply hibernate for a period before resuming their lives. Any chill you could tolerate might kill a few but would not kill those within the egg casings or the hardy adults. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a child's head to be infested with lice?

Lice: If by infested you mean catch it from someone else - when the adult lice move to your head you may not feel any symptoms. As they start to hatch new ones you may notice many more and have more symptoms. This typically happens 6-12 days after exposure. Life cycle of a louse is 9-15 days. This is also why treatment should happen twice to get two life cycles. ...Read more

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My head iches bad but I don't have lice what is it and what can I do to heal it?

Not only lice: That cause itchy scalp, other problems do, as dandruff, but can't guess, you need to be seen, see your doctor/dermatologist, meanwhile, you can use anti-dandruff shampoo as a try, good luck ...Read more

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I feel like something is crawling on my head. It could be lice but if it isn't what could it be?

I feel like something is crawling on my head. It could be lice but if it isn't what could it be?

I think the first: ....thing you should do is find out if it IS lice. It's virtually impossible to see your own head SO SEE A DOCTOR! . Other things can cause this creepy-crawly sensation, certain cold medications for example, but lice definitely need to be looked for before you start wondering what else it could be. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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The back of my head has been ichy for over 3 weeks and I know I don't have lice what could it be?

Sebaceous Dermatitis: You might have dandriff or a dermatitis. Go see your family doc. You may need a special shampoo. Lice may still be a possibility. ...Read more

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Headphones and head lice?

Earbuds are ok: Lice prefer hair and scalp, but they run around quickly and could end up on headphone head bands (although it seems unlikely to happen). Earbuds are ok, because there is almost no place for the lice to hide. If a person is worried about using somebody else's headphones, he can keep them in a plastic bag for 2 or 3 weeks before using them. By then, the lice should have died. ...Read more

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What causes head lice in a person?

What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice?

How to remove head lice?

Cetaphil: Cetaphil and a hairdryer can eliminate lice. Www. Ehow. Com/how_2123367_treat-head-lice-cetaphil. Html this website gives a great description of how to do the treatment. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice?

Various methods: A 1% Permethrin shampoo is a common 1st step. The lice by themselves will wash out when dead by simple shampooing. The primary problem is the egg casings that attach with a glue like material to the hair shafts & may allow a new crop of lice to emerge. A rinse with a vinegar solution will loosen the nits & they can be combed out with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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How are head lice spread?

Contact: Sharing combs, headgear or sleeping or lying on same furniture. It is common to spread within a classroom or within a household. Each person needs to be treated. ...Read more

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Where do head lice come from?

Where do head lice come from?

Get: You get lice from someone else that has lice. Usually for head lice from comb, brush, hat, other head wear etc. ...Read more

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How to remove head egg lice?

Lice comb/vinegar: Many find pre-treatment of the hair with vinegar will loosen the glue like attachment of the nits to the hair. A fine tooth comb can then be used to remove the nits. Several treatments may be necessary. ...Read more

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Can head lice really be harmless?

Lice: Lice can cause significant itching. The lice can transmit diseases such as epidemic typhus, trench fever &relapsing fever. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice naturally?

Lots of effort: There is a large movement to not coat the head with Permethrin or lindane due to potential neurotoxicity, and the risk is relevant. Non medicated products like licemd or ovid are effective, but nothing works better than the nit-loosening gel (ok, so it's not totally natural), the fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort getting out all nits and lice. Then repeating the effort. ...Read more

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How common is head lice in the us?

How common is head lice in the us?

Endemic: More common on elementary age children. It will occur in pockets within a school or classroom. It will also occur in waves over time. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have head lice?

Lice Head: Mature head lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed, don't hop or jump and lay eggs called nits that stick to the hair shaft. Main symptoms are severe itching especially at night when they feed.
Due to this, scratch marks on the skin can be visible. You may also find swollen glands at the back of the ears
school nurses are very familiar with them.
You can consult your doctor if uncertain. ...Read more

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How is head lice formed on your head?

Get from others: Head lice are small insects that do not form on your head, but you get them from others. They lay eggs, called nits, which are glued to the hair shafts. Head lice do not cause disease but have a high 'yuck' factor! Several treatments are available to get rid of them. ...Read more

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How long do head lice generally live?

Head Lice: The life span of an adult louse on a host ranges up to 30 days. During this time, the female head louse can deposit about 90 eggs. After incubating for seven to 10 days, the nits hatch and, after another 10 days, mature into adult head lice and the cycle begins again. Off the host, adult head lice can live about two to four days at 74 degrees fahrenheit (f) and one to two days at 86 degrees. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice fast and easy?

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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What are the symptoms of head lice like?

What are the symptoms of head lice like?

Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice. ...Read more

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Do head lice leave any visible droppings?

Do head lice leave any visible droppings?

Nits: They attach their eggs to individual hairs. They look like tiny rounded discs stuck to the hair. Routine treatment requires that the nits be combed out with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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