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I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

I have problem with head lice and dandruff. Is there any medicine for lice nits?

Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair ; massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular ; you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more

Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, ...Read more


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What causes head lice in a person?

What causes head lice in a person?

Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers. ...Read more

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Will insurance pay for treatments for head lice? Will my insurance pay for any kind of treatments associated with head lice for my child? .

Will insurance pay for treatments for head lice? Will my insurance pay for any kind of treatments associated with head lice for my child?

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Varies: Insurers may or not cover specific types of medications depending on what is written in the policy contract. Some will cover various medications at different co-pay levels depending on their type.Those policies with drug coverage often have a preferred list.Some exclude any medication that can be obtained over the counter. ...Read more

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Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. now infested with head lice.whats the best hair fiendly treatment?

Using 5% minoxidil for 2 months. now infested with head lice.whats the best hair fiendly treatment?

Treatment 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 there any home remedies for head lice?

Are there any home remedies for head lice?

Home remedies: Althogh home remedies have been tried by meny and are popular but it is not the best treatment option.Treating head clice with tea tree oil and olive oil are very popular.Some people claim mayonnaise help control the head lice.And washing hair with vinegar has been tried, use of coconut oil following vinegar has been suggested.Mixture of lemon and butter after application of vinegar has been used. ...Read more

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Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Possible to get head lice at hair salon- if stylist uses same combs and cape on me that were used on others all day?

Unlikely: there tools are treated between each client so you are getting a clean, if not sterile combs and clean cape. ...Read more

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How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

How accurate are at home STD tests like blood testing for syphillis and herpes?

Home tests: I have not heard of those tests being reliable or not so it is best to see your healthcare worker for testing. ...Read more

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Should i got to hospital for diagnosis and scans for her head just to make sure.Is there any treatment for migraines?

Should i got to hospital for diagnosis and scans for her head just to make sure.Is there any treatment for migraines?

Migraines treatment : If your headache is different from your migraine, worse headache of your life or if you have neurological symptoms which are new for you weakness/numbness etc you may seek attention. If it is similar to your previous headache, see a neurologist. Migraine treatments include abortive treatment-triptan, nsaids preventive medications like topiramate. ...Read more

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How do clinics test for pubic lice?

Observation: Pubic lice are generally viable to the examiner as are the egg casings left on pubic hair. ...Read more

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Any touch on penis head including clothes causes major tingling. Tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia negative. Rapid premature ejaculation. Thoughts?

Any touch on penis head including clothes causes major tingling. Tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia negative. Rapid premature ejaculation. Thoughts?

May be okay...: You're probably okay besides oversensitivity of glans penis which is understandably related with premature ejaculation (pe). To improve pe, take on behavioral modification, apply thin topical anesthetic cream 20-30 minutes before coitus, or add using ssri timely. Detailing? See doc. ...Read more

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Bloods taken at clinic, sent off to lab and then a few days. Negative. Do these tests look for antigens? For HIV

Bloods taken at clinic, sent off to lab and then a few days.  Negative. Do these tests look for antigens? For HIV

Not necessarily: The laboratory will only test the blood for the items ordered by your doctor. If an HIV test is not ordered, the lab will not test for HIV. If you have any concern, you may ask your doctor for the HIV test. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How accurate are STD urine tests for men?

How accurate are STD urine tests for men?

GC & Chlamydia: Very accurate for gonorrhea and chlamydia, but not used for most other infections. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Head Lice (Definition)

A condition in which hair gets infested with tiny parasites that feed on blood ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

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