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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for body lice?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for body lice?

Body lice: Three types of lice can infect humans. Head lice live on the scalp and hair, and infect mostly children. Pubic lice, live on the pubic hairs, and are sexually transmitted. Body lice, live in the clothing, and are almost always in homeless people, with poor hygiene, who never bathe or wash their clothing. All the lice bite and cause itching and sores. All lice can be treated by a dermatologist. ...Read more

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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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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for body lice?

What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for body lice?

Body lice treatment: Body lice mainly live in clothing. Destroy or carefully wash infected clothing in hot water (at least 130 degrees f), then machine dry using a hot cycle. You may need a prescription cream or wash containing permethrin, malathione, or benzyl alcohol. However, hygiene and washing clothes, bedding, and towels are usually enough. http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/body-lice/overview.html. ...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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What can I do to get rid of lice without using chemical treatment?

What can I do to get rid of lice without using chemical treatment?

Smother them!: There are not other proven therapies to kill lice and their eggs. However, certain home remedies are practical and often used by pediatricians. The best is smothering them, by coating the hair in a heavy layer of vegetable oil that is left on x 48 hours - cover with a shower cap. Also, always change clothing, linen and everything else in contact with infected head. Good luck! ...Read more

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What can I do if the lice on my head is still alive after treatment?

Repeat: Repeat the treatment until the lice are dead then repeat in one week to kill the eggs. Make sure to wash linens in hot water. ...Read more

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I am black and have lice, i used a treatment but will a relaxer kill any remaining lice?

No, don't rely on : A relaxer. You need to use a pediculicides to kill the lice. It is best to use one that is strongly ovicidal - which means it also kills the eggs. ...Read more

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I'm black and have lice. Have used a treatment but will a relaxer kill any remaining lice?

I wouldn't : Count on it. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for head lice?

What is the best treatment for head lice?

Thorough de-lousing!: With head lice, wash the hair with shampoo containg lice killing medication, usually malathion. That should kill lice but not all the eggs (nits). Wash all bedding and clothing with hot water & detergent to kill lice/eggs. Comb hair with nit comb twice daily for two weeks to prevent recurrence. Check: center for disease control's website: http://www.Cdc.Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.Html. ...Read more

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What chemicals are used in head lice treatments?

Incecticides: Permethrin or Malathion are the most common. They are insecticides with relatively low toxicity to humans compared with other insecticides. They are diluted as much as possible to remain effective against lice and mites, but decrease toxicity to us, compounded as lotions or shampoos, and used as medicines. Only use the prescribed form on hair or skin, never the full strength forms. ...Read more

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I have head lice. What is the best treatment for this?

I have head lice. What is the best treatment for this?

Nix (permethrin) or Rid: I'd start with a basic otc product like nix (permethrin) cream rinse or rid. Used as directed, they are generally effective when used in conjunction with daily combing with a nit comb. You don't need to fumigate your home, but i would clean brush/comb with boiling water, wash and dry bedding/ clothing (hot dryer). Items that can't be launder and dried on hot should go into a bag for 2 weeks. Good luck. ...Read more

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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