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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 are nits from lice bugs?

What are nits from lice bugs?

Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges.The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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What causes pubic lice and what causes rid of them?

What causes pubic lice and what causes rid of them?

By contact: Contact with somebody else with lice. There are many creams or oral treatment for it. I think the most effective medication is ivermectin. ...Read more

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What causes ringworms?

What causes ringworms?

Fungi: Not worms. Certain species of fungus invades the uppermost layer of the skin and digests lipids in the stratum corneum outwardly expanding, hence the rings. ...Read more

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What causes dandruff?

What causes dandruff?

Complicated: It is a combination of skin chemistry and physiology and one's relationship with a ubiquitous fungus. ...Read more

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What does a head lice infestation look like?

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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Scabies re-infestation or permethrin side affects, how to tell?

Scabies re-infestation or permethrin side affects, how to tell?

Scabicide & dry: Scabies treatments often contain a high percentage of alcohol which can be very drying to the skin. All of the little bumps are remnants of where the mite lived in skin. Hypoallergenic soaps/lotions which are pH balanced will help the skin recover more quickly, and reduce the itching that can last up to two weeks after treatment. Evaluation with a skin scraping can determine treatment success. ...Read more

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Why is there infestation of bed bugs?

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Why is there infestation of bed bugs?

Bugs: Poor disinfection or cleansing or coming in contact with a carrier. ...Read more

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What causes typhus?

What causes typhus?

Rickettsia: There are different types of typhus, each transmitted by different arthropods. Epidemic typhus spread by body (clothing) lice, endemic (murine) typhus spread by fleas, scrub typhus spread by mites. ...Read more

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Please explain, other than, lice and dandruff, what can cause constant itching?

Please explain, other than, lice and dandruff, what can cause constant itching?

Many things: poison ivy and scabies are just two examples of conditions causing severe itching. there are many other things you can come in contact with that will cause itching. ...Read more

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What color are mites scabies?

What color are mites scabies?

Scabies: scabies are actually brown in color but cause a intensly itchy red papular rash as they burrow under the skin ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are nits from lice bugs?

Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates the egg until the new lice emerges.The nit, is attached to the hair by a glue like material that is resistant to easy separation. Mild acidic washes like vinegar can help dissolve the glue and help with removal along with a fine tooth comb. ...Read more

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Do demodex mites causes the skin to be oily?

Do demodex mites causes the skin to be oily?

NO!!!!: Look up demodex. Most adults and many children carry them. The older you are the more you have. They rarely if ever cause any symptoms. No antibiotics are used for this, but sometimes permethrin cream is used. In case of scabies, they protect their territory and repel scabies mites from the face and scalp. You need to stop the enormous dose of folic acid, take Vitamin B12 instead. ...Read more

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What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

What could cause scalp sores if there is no head lice or dandruff?

Fungal Infections: One of the most common causes for scalp sores are ring worm on scalp otherwise called Tinea capitus. Bacterial infections can also cause sores on the scalp ...Read more

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What is done for pinworms infestations?

What is done for pinworms infestations?

Poison the worms: There are a variety of agents that can kill off the pin worms. Probably the most common one used in the us is mabendazole (vermox) that comes in a chewable tablet.A single dose will often do the job although i usually have it repeated in a week. There are otc products that will work. An effort to eliminate stray eggs left in the bedding can prevent re-infestation. ...Read more

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What causes bug bites?

Bugs: Bugs bites are the reaction to different, well, bug bites. These could be mosquitos, chiggers, fleas, bed bugs. "bug bites" is really a broad category. ...Read more

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Are pubic lice link to other transmitted diease?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are known as Pthirus pubis. They are found mostly in teenagers. Pubic lice are often spread during sexual activity. You should be checked for other STDs, since if you got one you may have gotten more. They can be associated with blepharitis if eyebrows are infected, and secondary impetigo or other skin infections may complicate your scratching the area. ...Read more

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What causes mosquito bites to itch?

What causes mosquito bites to itch?

Mosquito bite itch: Recent research has shown that itching due to mosquito occurs through a histamine-independent peripheral pathway. See http://www.Rosslab.Neurobio.Pitt.Edu/mbi/. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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