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I am sick and tired of head lice infestations of my kids and now grand-kids; solutions please?

I am sick and tired of head lice infestations of my kids and now grand-kids; solutions please?

Okay: 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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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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Where do head lice come from?

Where do head lice come from?

Get: You get lice from someone else that has lice. Usually for head lice from comb, brush, hat, other head wear etc. ...Read more

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How to remove head lice naturally?

How to remove head lice naturally?

Lots of effort: There is a large movement to not coat the head with Permethrin or lindane due to potential neurotoxicity, and the risk is relevant. Non medicated products like licemd or ovid are effective, but nothing works better than the nit-loosening gel (ok, so it's not totally natural), the fine toothed comb, and lots of time and effort getting out all nits and lice. Then repeating the effort. ...Read more

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How common is head lice in the us?

How common is head lice in the us?

Endemic: More common on elementary age children. It will occur in pockets within a school or classroom .It will also occur in waves over time. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have head lice?

How do I know if I have head lice?

Lice Head: Mature head lice are approximately the size of a sesame seed, don't hop or jump and lay eggs called nits that stick to the hair shaft. Main symptoms are severe itching especially at night when they feed. Due to this, scratch marks on the skin can be visible. You may also find swollen glands at the back of the ears school nurses are very familiar with them. You can consult your doctor if uncertain. ...Read more

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Do head lice leave any visible droppings?

Do head lice leave any visible droppings?

Nits: They attach their eggs to individual hairs. They look like tiny rounded discs stuck to the hair.Routine treatment requires that the nits be combed out with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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My child has head lice. What should I do?

My child has head lice. What should I do?

Call your doctor: There are medications that can be used to kill the lice. Use them as directed (very important!). Wash all the bed linens in hot water and remove any stuffed animals, pillows that your child sleeps with until they are cleaned. Comb all the nits until they are no longer appearing- this is very time-consuming, but necessary. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of head lice in a child?

What are symptoms of head lice in a child?

Itching, or none: Many children have no symptoms whatsoever, despite a good-sized infestation. Other children may have itching or a rash around the scalp. The diagnosis is made by finding live lice and/or nits in the hair. To check for lice, use a very fine-toothed comb to comb through wet hair section by section, looking for nits and adult lice. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have head lice are all killed?

How can I tell if I have head lice are all killed?

New activity: You can be infested with juvenile lice before they start laying eggs & not recognize the activity.If you have removed the egg casings & killed the lice, you must wait out the next 2 weeks to see if you have got them all.Any that were missed or hatching new would take up to 10 days to mature & lay recognizable eggs. ...Read more

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How likely is getting head lice in a movie theater?

It is possible.: If the seating is upholstered it is possible that lice can transfer from one person, to furniture to next person. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: head lice?

What is the definition or description of: head lice?

Head Lice: Pediculus humanus capitis (head lice) is a parasite that can affect humans & can betransmitted two ways. The most common is direct person to person contact. The second way is vector transmission – from a contaminated object to a person. ...Read more

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How does head lice get transferred from person to person?

Sharing: Head lice can be transmitted from one individual to another by direct scalp-to-scalp contact, sharing hair brushes or other hair accessories, and by coming in contact with bedding or cushions that were in contact by an infected individual. Follow the directions of your doctor closely to best eradicate the lice. ...Read more

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Do head lice jump?

Do head lice jump?

No: They need to be transmitted physically from person to person. ...Read more

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Is head lice contagious

Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members. ...Read more

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Does head lice carry disease?

No: The body louse is a known carrier of disease but head lice are just a pest. ...Read more

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How can you rid yourself of head lice?

Goodbye 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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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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Is there a good method to prevent head lice?

Dont share: Dont share hair care products, hats, scarfs, sheets, pillow cases, combs, brushes, clips, etc. With any one. Best way to prevent transfer of head lice nits. ...Read more

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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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What can be done for a head lice infestation?

What can be done for a head lice infestation?

Wet Combing: In addition to dr. Levey's answer, there is strong evidence for using a fine-toothed comb in wet hair to remove lice, especially if shaving is not a good option, eg in many school-aged girls. If you choose to use insecticides, check with your doctor as local resistance patterns often dictate which product is best to use. ...Read more

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Head lice remnants in hair - how to remove them?

Ovide: Ovide is press ription that loosens egg. Over the counter approaches include vinegar on a cotton ball to wipe the hairs and loosen eggs.Then use a comb and to remove the eggs. For the resistant eggs separate the hairs and cut out the individual hairs with eggs still on them. ...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