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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)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...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

Head Lice: Head lice are an very contagious, but they are contagious and not a sign of poor hygiene. Over the counter medicated shampoos containing permethrin or pyrethrin can be used. These kill the lice, but may not kill the eggs. There fore, the treatment may need to be repeated in 9 days and 18 days later to kill newly hatched lice. If this sequence fails, then you may require a prescription strength med ...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

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 ...Read more