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I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

I have small black bug in my hair and it's not lice how can I get ride of it my head is itchy?

Bug in hair: Possible tick. Please see a health care professional to have it removed. The can carry various types of infections that can linger. Peace and good health. ...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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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 dont 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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I have small, brown, winged bugs in my hair, but they're bigger than lice. Plus, my scalp is very itchy. What do I do?

I have small, brown, winged bugs in my hair, but they're bigger than lice. Plus, my scalp is very itchy. What  do I do?

Probable lice.: Hello. Actually the kind of bugs you're describing DO sound like lice, and they can cause scalp itching. There are several non-prescription products available such as permethrin that can be applied, followed by combing out the eggs with a nit comb. You could also use a "smother" technique with Cetaphil cleanser blow-dried into the air and left on overnight. It is also important to wash fomites ...Read more

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Can any bug be in my hair besides lice?

Can any bug be in my hair besides lice?

Well, yes, but...: Without question head lice are the most logical and the most common pests in the hair. However, technically any flying bug or crawling insect could potentially use your scalp for a temporary "hotel". Roaches, ants, fleas, mosquitoes--just to name a few possibilities--but these would not remain or "live" in your hair for very long. Ticks are common in texas as another possibility. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I have these bugs in my hair but they are visible and are larger than lice. I have washed my hair many times and they are still there.

I have these bugs in my hair but they are visible and are larger than lice. I have washed  my hair many times and they are still there.

Bugs: Obtain samples of the bugs and take them to your doctor or public health for identification. Then you will know how best to treat them. All the best. ...Read more

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My kid has these kinda tiny long thin tan bugs w a little brown in her hair what r they?? we have washed her hair w the lice stuff n there still there

My kid has these kinda tiny long thin tan bugs w a little brown in her hair what r they?? we have washed her hair w the lice stuff n there still there

TAN BUGS IN HAIR: SUGGESTION:
TAKE YOUR CHILD, ALONG WITH A FEW OF THE BUGS, TO HER PEDIATRICIAN.
I CANNOT TELL WITHOUT SEEING WHAT THEY ARE. ...Read more

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I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice ?

I have brown bugs in my hair they are itchy bigger then lice ?

Can check every day: May be big adult lice. The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (lice eggs) he can find after the first Nix (or other lice-killer) shampoo. Checking hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. ...Read more

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I don't have head lice but around the front of my hair line it feels like bugs are always crawling there. What could be the cause?

I don't have head lice but around the front of my hair line it feels like bugs are always crawling there. What could be the cause?

Irritation?: There coukd e sensitive nerves which cause disconfort. After evaluation if the skin looks normal and there are no underlying medical problems such as diabetes or thyroid issues, intralesional steroids Lidocaine may give you relief. ...Read more

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Hi my head has been itching for at least 2 months now, and i have found 2 bugs in my hair one recently and one about a month ago, they look like lice?

ID bugs, then treat: There is an excellent YouTube video to help you identify lice - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA7rZ2dI5lw. If this is what you see in your hair, consider using the Rid for Lice 1-2-3 Kit, sold on Amazon for less than $40. There are other natural product choices listed in the same section. Be vigilant to assure success against adult lice and their eggs. Treat your surroundings. Don't despair. ...Read more

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My friend has these little white bugs that crawl around in her hair. Its not lice or dandruff. It's bigger than lice and it's alive. What could it be and can it be treated?

Lice: Your description is a bit creepy. If you want to try a first step go buy some NIX (permethrin) germicidal shampoo and apply it to the scalp for a couple of hours. Rinse it out well. Examine the hair shafts for nits (white cacoons) and cimb or pick them off. Wash all the bedding and buy new combs etc. It maybe better to go right to the doctor with examples in hand to get a more aggressive approach. ...Read more

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Do I have lice? I have a type of bug living in my hair that looks like lice but there are no visible eggs, nobody else in the house has caught them, and i never have combed out more than 20 bugs every few days with a metal lice comb. Most of the time my h

This : This is very challenging to answer without a clinical picture and seeing in person. I would recommend you see a dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. They can examine you and look for nits in your hair. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

What is a good shampoo that deters bugs (such as lice) from living in your hair?

Lice deterent: I have seen shampoos in Health Food and vitamin/supplement stores that contain Tea Tree Oil that are labeled for this purpose. I have also seen products with Neem oil which may be effective (but would likely repel people too!). ...Read more

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We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. in very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more

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Bugs in my hair that's not lice and they are invisible what could this be? They sting me all during the day and hurt so much. Can you help me please

Bugs in my hair that's not lice and they are invisible what could this be? They sting me all during the day and hurt so much. Can you help me please

Bedbugs: You may have bedbugs, if you want to get rid of them you should vacuum everywhere in your house and wash all clothing/washable material in hot water. ...Read more

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I have bugs in my hair but i havent had them since i took a lice treatment and their not lice because their bigger... what could they be?

Not sure: But if can capture one of them in a plastic zip-loc bag get thee to an entomologist and he will be able to identify it fairly quickly. Once you know that treatment should be straight forward. ...Read more

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Millions of lice in hair without noticing , a firm rubbery small swollen lymph node is there -2 weeks already after the lice is removed-normal?

Head Lice: Besides the visible signs of lice and nits, other symptoms of having head lice include itching, swollen lymph nodes at the back of the head, and sometimes a secondary bacterial infection of the scalp. The lice themselves do not spread disease. ...Read more

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I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

I have Little Black Bugs on my hair. I have tried for medication for lice and it did not work. Now I am trying Green Bug for fleas, bed bugs, mites an?

Little bugs.: This can be very frustration, and I certainly feel for your distress. Have you tried prescription medication and have you seen your physician? If you manage to find one or many of these insects, please capture them put them in a bag and deliver them to your physician.
Identifying the organism can offer more targeted treatment options. I hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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Can bed bugs be transported in body hair sort of like body lice?

Can bed bugs be transported in body hair sort of like body lice?

Transport: Because they are nocturnal it would be more likely that they would be transported in the crevices of your clothing, your luggage, on bedding, second-hand furniture etc. They hide in crevices during the day. At night they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale as well the warmth emitted by our bodies. It comes out to feed on our blood. They can go a year without eating so they >. ...Read more

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I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and are still there what can I do ?

I have these long tan bugs with brown spots on then I have washed my hair with head lice shampoo and  are still there what can I do ?

Check every day: The usual plan is to have somebody remove every nit (egg) he can find after the first Nix (permethrin) shampoo. Checking one's hair and head for lice or nits, every day, will prevent lice from gaining a foothold again. Repeating the Nix (permethrin) shampoo in 1 week helps. As long as any and all nits (lice eggs) are quickly removed each day, the lice problem goes away. After 1 month of checking, one can just check weekly. ...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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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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Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Catch the suspects: After a patient catches 2-3 of suspected bugs and puts them in a plastic urine container (and tighten the lid), the doctor can send them to the lab for "parasite identification." The lab will name the bugs and the doctor can decide the treatment. If the lab say "no parasites," then the problem is harder to treat because then the patient's illness is "believing she has bugs when there are no bugs." ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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