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Does anyone know what is sea lice?

Does anyone know what is sea lice?

Jellyfish larvae: Real sea lice are fish parasites that have no impact on humans, but the organisms most people call "sea lice" are actually the larvae of jellyfish, which sting your skin while you swim in the ocean. ...Read more

Sea Lice (Definition)

"sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers. They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash. In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

Larvae: "sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers. They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash. In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours to appear after exposure. ...Read more

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Vacation in Jamaica last week. May have sea lice or something the same lines. How do I know for sure? If it's sea lice, do we need to see a dr?

Sea lice: It's difficult to diagnose sea lice - also known as sea bather's eruption - unless trained doc that can see the actual larvae that cause it under a microscope. The diagnosis otherwise is mainly by history and exam. The rash typically involves area covered by clothing such as bathing suit or t-shirt worn in sea water where jellyfish reside. Jamaica certainly qualifies. Use Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) topical steroid ...Read more

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How do I get rid of sea lice?

How do I get rid of sea lice?

No perfect treatment: Sea lice do not have a specific treatment and will resolve in about one week. Itching is under bathing suit area. And this is usually caught in fresh not salt water. Topical or oral steroids can reduce itching until it resolves. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of your sea lice?

How do you get rid of your sea lice?

Sea lice actually...: ...Are jellyfish larvae, which sting when they come in contact with the skin during ocean bathing. (real sea lice are fish parasites & do not affect humans.) common home remedies to relieve the itching and burning from jellyfish stings include vinegar and meat tenderizer. Hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines such as Allegra may help to relieve the itching. Wash swimsuit in fresh water. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

Vinegar: 'sea lice' are stings from microscopic jelly fish babies. They can be both painful and itchy. Remove your swimsuit, shower. Afterwards rinse affected areas with dilluted vinegar (about 1 bottle per gallon of water) to deactivate the venom. If still itchy you can use topical anti-itch creams and oral antihistamines. It takes several weeks for this to heal. See your doctor if severe. ...Read more

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Permethrin cream uses for sea lice?

No!: Sea lice is not an infestation it is only a contact dermatitis like poison ivy. Hydrocotisone cream can be used for sea lice along with aveeno baths and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching. Permethrin is for head lice. ...Read more

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Can a doctor suggest how to deal with sea lice?

Yes: Here is a great article!
http://www. Doh. State. Fl.Us/environment/medicine/foodsurveillance/pdfs/sea_lice_or_sea-bather%27s_eruption. Pdf. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for sea lice, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Sea Lice: I would see your regular doctor first to see if he can help and let this doctor decide if you need a specialist. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get Rid of the actual rash of sea lice? I've had it already for 8 days.

Is there any way to get Rid of the actual rash of sea lice? I've had it already for 8 days.

"Sea lice": Actual byproduct of jellyfish. Various treatments, cold showers, ice, NSAIDS, bathing in dilute vinegar and using 1% hydrocortisone cream (which may help your rash). All the best. ...Read more

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What happens if you go in the ocean and it has sea lice and you accidentally swallow it, will it effect your insides?

No: Sea lice cannot survive the hostile environment of your stomach and its acidic environment. They are immediately dead on arrival, so nothing to worry about there. ...Read more

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My daughter just got back from a beach trip she's 12 years old she is covered in what looks like sea lice it's all over her legs her but her back in b?

Not unusual.: Please have your family physician give you a recommendation for your daughter to see a dermatologist. There is also a chance that the lice may spread to other members of the house. ...Read more

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What do the bites of body lice look like?

What do the bites of body lice look like?

Small red bumps: People infected with body lice usually have increased itching and rash under the arms, stomach area and groin. But the rash can occur on any part of the body. The rash is usually made up of small red bumps on a red base. This can look different if you are scratching the bumps or they become infected. The best place to look for body lice is on the clothing. ...Read more

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What do body lice bites normally look like?

What do body lice bites normally look like?

Body Lice: Body lice live in the seams and folds of clothing. They feed on human blood and lay their eggs and deposit waste matter on the skin and clothing.
They can live in clothing for up to 1 month.
Lice die within 5 - 7 days at room temperature if they fall off a person. Lice causes severe itching. Itching is usually worse around the waist, under the arms, and places where clothing is tighter. ...Read more

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What part of the body do skin lice bite?

What part of the body do skin lice bite?

Body Lice: Body lice live in the seams and folds of clothing. They feed on human blood and lay their eggs and deposit waste matter on the skin and clothing.
They can live in clothing for up to 1 month.
Lice die within 5 - 7 days at room temperature if they fall off a person.
You can catch body lice if you come in direct contact with someone who has lice. You can also get lice from infected clothing, towels, . ...Read more

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What do bed bugs bites look like compared to lice ones?

What do bed bugs bites look like compared to lice ones?

Bed bug bites may: Cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. In cases of hypersensitivity blisters may develop. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that doesn't always occur. Bites are usually >. ...Read more

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What do lice bites look like on scalp? What does it look like when you scratch and becomes infected?

Like insect bites: The bites appear like small insect bites, if you scratch the area, then the region would be red, hot and tender to the touch, if infected. ...Read more

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Ii have micro black looking insects in my hair that bite and jump. What could they be and lice killer doesn't work on them.

Ii have micro black looking insects in my hair that bite and jump. What could they be and lice killer doesn't work on them.

It could be lice: Key to both remove the nits that stick to the hair as well as the adult lice. An all metal nit comb is very effective in removing nits. Come out small areas from scalp out. Most over the counter head lice products only kill the adult lice. The us centers for disease control and prevention has a great information website about head lice identification, control and prevention. ...Read more

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I pulled out a piece of dandruff out of my hair but it was black, and looked a bit smaller than a fruit fly is it lice?

I pulled out a piece of dandruff out of my hair but it was black, and looked a bit smaller than a fruit fly is it lice?

Nits adhere to hair.: 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. After hatching the shell may be wrinkled and yellow or white. Nits adhere to hairs, unlike dandruff.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. ...Read more

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If I had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could I expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

If I had public lice of scabies, what sort of symptoms could I expect? Would you have bites on hand and penis?

Itching: Scabies shows up as tiny bites but the "bugs" are too small to see. The bites can be anywhere on the body, including the back of the hand (not so much the palm) and the penis. With lice, you can see the tiny white bugs. They don't tend to produce visible bites. They are in the hair - scalp or pubic. ...Read more

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The bites from the pubic lice causing blood spots on my skin?

Should go away soon: These could just be hyper allergic response to lice. After lice treatment, these should fade away in a week or so. If not, let your doctor examine it for a better assessment. ...Read more

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I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.

I have small round black bug in hair itchy and seem to bite stngs not lice have treated for that didn't kill it. No nits.

Bug: Why don't you take a picture of it so it can be identified and then treated
make sure if you treat the lice the eggs should to treated also and the contacts should be treated also
be sure to comb hair with a fine tooth comb ...Read more

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How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

BITES: Is the bite from a wild boar? Or a tick? Or a louse? One medicine will not cure all. ...Read more

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I keep getting these bugs in my hair and I've tried everything they bite me ive done permethrin and malathion lice treatments home remedies help pls?

I keep getting these bugs in my hair and I've tried everything they bite me ive done permethrin and malathion lice treatments home remedies help pls?

Lice treatment: Over the counter products for lice treatments are available, but can be toxic. Some families have been successful smothering the lice with Cetaphil cleanser applied to dried hair, then dried with a hair dryer and washed the next day. Reinfestation will occur if nits are not completely removed and bedding/clothing/brushes are not treated. ...Read more

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I know I have lice in my hair on my head, eyelashes, eyebrows, and as well as in my public area but have bites on my legs and back as well! HELP!

There are several: Topical meds (pediculicides) available OTC to treat head lice and public lice. They must be used EXACTLY as directed. The red marks may be bites. OTC cortisone cream may help them go away but pediculicides won't YOU must HELP anyone you've had recent direct physical contact with or shared head gear with by advising them to check themselves for lice too. ...Read more

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Lice shampoo was used and no lice or nits seen, still feel smthg moving in head but can't see anything, plus wife getting bites on body while sleeping

Lice shampoo was used and no lice or nits seen, still feel smthg moving in head but can't see anything, plus wife getting bites on body while sleeping

Reinfestation?: If your head lice has infested your wife, you will need to get the whole household including yourself treated at the same time otherwise the cycle will never end. Having said that, the residual itching may last some days after the lice have been eradicated. ...Read more

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Checked for lice, bed bugs & tree mites. No bites nothing but dandruff. Can dry skin can make you feel it on other body parts? Dry skin but oily hair?

Checked for lice, bed bugs & tree mites. No bites nothing but dandruff. Can dry skin can make you feel it on other body parts? Dry skin but oily hair?

Yes: More severe dry skin is also called eczema. Stay well hydrated, moisturize your skin daily, and take cool (instead of hot) showers. Yes, you can have dry skin and oily hair. ...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

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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Pediculosis (Definition)

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