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Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Overview)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body lice or pubic lice.


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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

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
332 Doctors shared insights

Pediculosis (Overview)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body lice or pubic lice.


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How does the pediculosis begin to spread out?

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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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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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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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

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?

How can I prevent myself from getting lice at work?

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

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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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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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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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Is pediculosis contagious?

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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Will combing get rid of pediculosis capitis infestation in kids?

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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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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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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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?

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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