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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Overview)

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 is a common symptom.


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What are the symptoms associated with pediculosis?

Dr. Yash Khanna
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What are the symptoms associated with pediculosis?

Pediculosis: Symptoms of pediculosis are itching, rash, nits, crawling lice, skin thickening, skin discolouration, body sores some times. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Overview)

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 is a common symptom.


Dr. James Ferguson
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How does the pediculosis begin to spread out?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Reproduction: A louse achieves maturity in about 10 days and can begin laying eggs, which in tern hatch & begin the cycle over. They lay their eggs at the hairline, so the distance of the nits or egg casings from the scalp give you an idea how long they have been active. Hair grows about 1/2 inch/mo so a nit an inch from the scalp tells you there has been time for several generations to emerge. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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What are the tests for pediculosis?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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What are the tests for pediculosis?

Direct observation: There are 2 kinds of pediculosis, the head/body kind and the pubic kind. Each is caused by a different species of louse. There are no lab tests for either; a doctor makes the diagnosis by physically observing the lice on the hairs of the appropriate body part. ...Read more

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Dr. James Ferguson
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Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

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Does pediculosis(head lice) cause encephalitis? Please, need some answers?

No: To this point the head lice do not transmit any disease. The scratching involved may allow infection by skin germs. ...Read more

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Can pediculosis be treated intravenously?

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Can pediculosis be treated intravenously?

No: Pediculosis (lice) is treated with shampoos and lotions containing permethrin. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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When we should repeat the treatment to kill all parasites...In scabies or pediculosis ? Is that selective of obligatory to repeat ?

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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When we should repeat the treatment to kill all parasites...In scabies or pediculosis ? Is that selective of obligatory to repeat ?

Scabies/ Lice: Both r notorious, need complete eradication from body, clothes, sofa, beds, siblings, friends..., i mean must leave your house and contacts. Scabies med. From head/neck to toe, repeat after 7 days; follow instruction clearly. Pediculosis can be in head, armpit, pubic and any hairy areas. Sometime resistant. Go online/google, look for restistnt peduculosis eradication tips. Talk to your doc. ...Read more

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Not for sure: Combing alone e it help but dose not for sure clean it up, use the recommended shampoo, for the whole family, clean all the bed sheets sand if you have bets also do it for them. ...Read more

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How can I prevent myself from getting lice at work?

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Yes: If you are aware of exposure, keep your hair tight, and up. ...Read more

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Dr. Yash Khanna
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What are the symptoms associated with pediculosis?

Dr. Yash Khanna
Board Certified, Family Medicine
52 years in practice
132M people helped

Pediculosis: Symptoms of pediculosis are itching, rash, nits, crawling lice, skin thickening, skin discolouration, body sores some times. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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What are the tests for pediculosis?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
12M people helped

Direct observation: There are 2 kinds of pediculosis, the head/body kind and the pubic kind. Each is caused by a different species of louse. There are no lab tests for either; a doctor makes the diagnosis by physically observing the lice on the hairs of the appropriate body part. ...Read more

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Lice (Definition)

Lice are small insects which may live on a person's scalp, lay eggs on his hair, and ...Read more


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