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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

Also known as pediculus humanus capitis, these are tiny parasites that feed on the scalp. Head lice is very contagious and the most common method of transmission ...Read more


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How are head lice spread?

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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Are pubic lice link to other transmitted diease?

Are pubic lice link to other transmitted diease?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are known as Pthirus pubis. They are found mostly in teenagers. Pubic lice are often spread during sexual activity. You should be checked for other STDs, since if you got one you may have gotten more. They can be associated with blepharitis if eyebrows are infected, and secondary impetigo or other skin infections may complicate your scratching the area. ...Read more

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How do people contract worms and other parasitic infestations?

How do people contract worms and other parasitic infestations?

Some ways: Humans can catch some types of worms by touching contaminated feces & then putting their hands near their mouth. They may swallow food or water containing feces. They could also become infected by or eating raw contaminated pork, beef or fish. ...Read more

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Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

Please explain why don't head lice spread diseases?

They don't: Carry viruses, fungi or bacteria that cause infections in humans. However body lice can carry typhus, trench fever, and epidemic relapsing fever (per cdc). ...Read more

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Can head lice cause itchy eyes?

Absolutely!: Lice can infest the eyelashes. They are hard to see without magnification, so see an eye doctor. ...Read more

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Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

Can silverfish infest the human bowel like worms?

No: Very few things can survive the acids in the stomach. The only reason some worms (roundworms, pinworms, hookworms) can infest the bowel is because the eggs are swallowed. ...Read more

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Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Yup: Ticks...Rocky mountain spotted fever fleas...Murine typhus mites....Scrub typhus lice...Epidemic typhus. ...Read more

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Skin diseases sirius problam in head?

Skin diseases sirius problam in head?

See dermatologist : See a dermatologist to check the area and recommend appropriate treatments. Most scalp conditions are treated with a combination of medicated shampoos and topical medications. ...Read more

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Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Which tick can cause Lyme Disease? Dog fleas?

Deer ticks - Ixodes: Certain ticks are associated with certain diseases. For Lyme disease, classically the 'deer tick' is described- Ixodes scapularis. Deer ticks go through several stages in their life cycle-and the nymphs or younger ones can be extremely small-maybe as big as a pin head. The adults are easier to spot. Dog ticks are larger and are associated with different tick-borne diseases. Good to take precaution ...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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What does a head lice infestation look like?

What does a head lice infestation look like?

Head Lice: Adult lice on scalp. The most common spots to find adult lice are behind your ears and along the back of your neck. Lice are tiny, about the size of a strawberry seed, but they can be up to 1/8 inch (3 millimeters) in size. Lice eggs (nits) on hair shafts. Nits resemble tiny pussy willow buds. Nits can be mistaken for dandruff, but unlike dandruff, they can't be easily brushed out of hair. ...Read more

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Could head lice be transferred by car seat?

Yes: Vector transmission occurs when lice are spread through inanimate objects. For instance the lice can be on brushes, combs, hats, headphones, scarves, sweaters, coats, bedding, towels, upholstered furniture, carpet, stuffed toys ; seats in a variety of areas. ...Read more

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Can bird mites cause diseases in humans ?

Can bird mites cause diseases in humans ?

Bird Mites: No bird mites (ornithonyssus sylviarum, dermanyssus gallinae) don't normally transmit diseases to humans but can be in a real pain in the butt (& elsewhere) take care. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

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