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Is there a way at preventing lice after exposure?

Is there a way at preventing lice after exposure?

Sure.: Avoid contact with others hair; do not share clothing--especially hats, scarves, hair bows. Do not share combs or brushes. Do not lie on beds, pillows, carpets or stuffed toys of those with head lice. Wash clothes, bed linens, etc with hot water (at least 130*f) & use the high heat drying cycle. Prophylactic treatment with otc or prescription medications can also be prudent for head lice control. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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What is the typical amount of time after exposure to head lice that you would likely see it on yourself?

What is the typical amount of time after exposure to head lice that you would likely see it on yourself?

Head lice: You could find a head lice as soon as it has found its way into your hair, once it lays eggs you will find many more once they hatch seven days later. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure head lice without the medicine from the store that has chemicals in it?

The two all-natural: ...Lice removal methods are: shaving, and fine-toothed-comb removal after a dilute vinegar rinse (vinegar loosens the glue with which nits are stuck to hair shafts). ...Read more

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I want to know what's the quickest way to get rid of lice. Any type of medicine or any type of technique?

I want to know what's the quickest way to get rid of lice. Any type of medicine or any type of technique?

OTC shampoo: There are several otc shampoos available at most pharmacies. Make sure you purchase one that kills the eggs too. Follow the directions closely, make sure all close family members, bedmates, etc. Are also treated at the same time. All bed clothing, towels, etc. Have to be washed thoroughly before being used after your treatment. ...Read more

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I've tried every possible lice medicine and visited doctors yet no kind of medication is helping, and the eggs are more common than lice, what to do?

Several things: If you rinse your hair daily with copious amounts of a stiff vinegar, (pickling vinegar does well), this can loosen the eggs attachment to hair. Combing the eggs out with a nit comb will then have more success. If you do that for a week & then try the OTC product it may work better. If not there are some prescription meds for the resistant lice. ...Read more

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Why are headlice common in emergency medicine can anaemia cause lice?

Why are headlice common in emergency medicine can anaemia cause lice?

Improper use of ER: Head lice are common in emergency medicine because the parent did not contact the child's primary physician. This is never a condition that should waste the time and resources of an emergency room. As head lice is a superficial situation, it does not cause anemia. ...Read more

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My child got lice and the medicine has made her scalp dry and torn. What can I do?

My child got lice and the medicine has made her scalp dry and torn. What can I do?

Hard to say...: ...without knowing what medicine are you using, how much and how often being applied, and seeing the scalp in person. First, I'd check the directions make sure it's being applied correctly--for example, most common treatments are to be left in only 10 minutes before being rinsed out! That said, dry scalp is a common side effect. Between treatments, a little Vaseline to the dry areas would help. ...Read more

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Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?

Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?

No: There are differences in the way humans metabolize and react to some drugs compared to animals. ...Read more

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I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair ; massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular ; you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more

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Currently breastfeeding and got lice on hair after vacation. How to remove safely without affecting baby? Any OTC medicine suggested?

Currently breastfeeding and got lice on hair after vacation. How to remove safely without affecting baby? Any OTC medicine suggested?

General BF rule: For a med to interfere with breast milk it must have a way to get in. Things you put on your skin, like any OTC or prescription topical med will not be absorbed to a level where it would. The multiple OTC products should be fine, whichever you chose. ...Read more

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I put a lice cure medicine, but then the very back of my scalp was burning me like crazy, then a week later my skin started peeling off, what's happenin?

Allergy: I believe you had an allergic reaction to the lice medicine. This would be uncommon to come from lice itself. Do not use the medication again. Good luck ...Read more

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Which medicine to treat pubic lice. I found it in many no. But no redness only itchy. Is there any home treatment?

Which medicine to treat pubic lice. I found it in many no. But no redness only itchy. Is there any home treatment?

See answer: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic ("crab") lice. These products (rid and nix) are available over-the-counter without prescription at pharmacy. Lindane shampoo (kwell) is a prescription med and considered second line treatment. Malathion lotion 0.5% (ovide) and oral Ivermectin not fda approved in U.S. ...Read more

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What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

What is a good alternative head lice treatment to use instead of the drug store shampoos?

Cetaphil cleanser: Use gentle cetaphil skin cleanser. Apply to hair and scalp. Wait 2 minutes, then comb out. Wash your hair 8 hours later. Repeat once a week for 3 weeks. You can hold the mayo! ...Read more

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How to remove lice?

Lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on humans, usually in the pubic hair. They are passed on through close body contact, such as when having sex. Infestation with pubic lice can cause itching but not everyone affected has symptoms. Treatment involves using an insecticide lotion or cream to kill the lice.
http://patient. Info/health/pubic-and-body-lice-leaflet ...Read more

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How can I treat lice?

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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Steps to reduce lice? /

Getting rid of lice: Treatment of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used. There are over the counter products like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription medications like lindane or malathion. You work carefully through the hair and remove the individual nits. You can purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If >>. ...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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What color are public lice?

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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Lice what does it look like?

It looks gross.: Pediculus humanus capitis or the head louse is a parasite that is about 1/8th of an inch long. It has 6 legs with a long body and a head in the shape of a diamond. It flat. It has no wings (thus doesn’t fly). It’s color can change to match it’s surroundings. It’s mouth is like a stylet which pierces a human’s scalp to get a blood meal. ...Read more

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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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How to repel lice? . Thanks :)

Rid: Rid is an over the counter shampoo that will kill lice. It is available at most pharmacies and retail stores. Don't forget to wash all of your clothes and sheets, so you don't give it back to yourself. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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How will I know if I have lice?

Itching: Head lice are itchy. There will be clear eggs attached to your hair and lice may be visible usually at the back of the hair bearing areas. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my lice?

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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How do I get lice out of dreads?

Treat with meds: Live lice should respond to topical pesticide lotions, such as OTC permethrin or Rx melathion, but it will not remove the eggs or nits, so retreatment in a week will usually catch any lice that hatch in the meantime. To completely remove killed lice and nits, only fine tooth combing will do. Be sure to treat clothing and linens as well. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment. Html ...Read more

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Could lice live inside your body?

Could lice live inside your body?

No: They would just be another foreign body ingestion, killed by stomach acid. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more