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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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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 is a common symptom.


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What are the symptoms associated with pediculosis?

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 (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 is a common symptom.


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How does the pediculosis begin to spread out?

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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Treating Head Lice (Tip)

Treating Head Lice

Do comb hair when wet and with added lubricants, to effectively remove lice. ...See more

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Treating Pubic LIce (Checklist)

Boil underwear to prevent against re-infestation
Once
Make sure your partner get same treatment as you to avoid reinfection
Once
Trim pubic hair to reduce the chance of reinfection
Once
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What are the tests for pediculosis?

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

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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Treating Head Lice (Tip)

Treating Head Lice

Don't give up - more time spent on combing nits out you have a better chance of having the lice gone. ...See more

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Treating Head Lice (Checklist)

Treat all household members with nix permethrin with dr approval
15 Min, Weekly for 2 Weeks
Check every person with lice for nits (eggs) every day
5 Min, Daily for 3 Weeks
Do a thorough cleaning of beds, sofas, and play areas. Do the laundry
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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 ?

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

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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