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Chiggers (Definition)

'chiggers' is an itchy rash casue by the bite of an immature (larval) stage of a mite. The mite secrets chemicals which trigger an intense itchy reaction from humans. The larvae do not burrow under skin but rather secret chemicals to help digest skin. The mites are found in tall grass at the edges of forests. Wear long clothing & use ...Read more


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Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?

Is dog flea and tick medicine, the kind that gets rid of fleas, ticks, lice and others ok for humans to use?

No: There are differences in the way humans metabolize and react to some drugs compared to animals. ...Read more

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What is the difference between chiggers & ticks?

What is the difference between chiggers & ticks?

Mite vs. Arachnid: Ticks are arachnids (in the same class as spiders and scorpions) and small but visible to the naked eye. Chiggers are mites and too small to be seen. Tick bites usually occur with one tick while chiggers occur in bunches. Ticks spread dangerous diseases such as lyme disease and rocky mountain spotted fever. Chigger bites are very itchy and annoying but don't spread dangerous illnesses. ...Read more

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Could it be possible I got bit by a tick or a chigger?

Could it be possible I got bit by a tick or a chigger?

Maybe: Chigger bites often have a small red in the center of a welt ; occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, belt line, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Because tick bite symptoms can vary greatly - I have included a resource to review possible presentations. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/ticks/symptoms. Html. ...Read more

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Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Yup: Ticks...Rocky mountain spotted fever
fleas...Murine typhus
mites....Scrub typhus
lice...Epidemic typhus. ...Read more

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I have a bullseye rash but no sign of a tick could the bite have been a chigger or ant?

I have a bullseye rash but no sign of a tick could the bite have been a chigger or ant?

Prophylaxis: If you live in an area that has ticks, you may be better off taking prophylactic treatment for Lyme disease. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine, if you are under 27 years of age. ...Read more

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How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

How to cure wild boar tick/lice bite? My son had been bite by it in his ears.

BITES: Is the bite from a wild boar? Or a tick? Or a louse? One medicine will not cure all. ...Read more

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Lice, mites, or tiny ticks infected my hair, face, and neck - itching and swelling after cleaning an empty cabin. Rid?

Lice, mites, or tiny ticks infected my hair, face, and neck - itching and swelling after cleaning an empty cabin. Rid?

Likely mites: From a bird or rodent. A vacuum works well in the cabin and if you do not need to remain there, stay out and take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can remove lice without treatment?

Lice remedies: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the louse. Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture ; your vehicles. ...Read more

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How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the pubic hairs, and climb down onto the skin to take a blood meal. You may see tiny specks of blood on your underwear or sheets, and if you look carefully, you may see the tiny gray creatures attached to the hairs. They are not easy to diagnose, so you should make sure you have them before you tell your female friend, . You must both be treated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have pubic lice?

Pubic Lice: Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Lice can itch a lot. Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. When lice have been present for a long time – surrounding skin may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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How can you tell difference between chigger bites and bed bug bites?

How can you tell difference between chigger bites and bed bug bites?

Chiggers vs bed bugs: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. * chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & >. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is crab lice and how do you get it?

Can you please tell me what exactly is crab lice and how do you get it?

Small parasites...: Crab lice are very small parasites that are generally detected on the skin of the groin / inguinal areas. They can cause itching and skin irritation. Crab lice lay small egg sacs at the base of hairs. Generally crab lice are transmitted from person to person by close physical contact (often by sexual contact). Crab lice can be treated with over the counter medications. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between bed bug bites and chigger bites?

How can you tell the difference between bed bug bites and chigger bites?

Chigger's bites: Often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, belt line, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesion. ...Read more

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How can I tell how long my child has had head lice, by the number if nits?

How can I tell how long my child has had head lice, by the number if nits?

Not by the number...: ...But by their location on the hair shafts. A head louse will attach her eggs (which is what nits are) to hair shafts at the point where they come out of the skin. As the hair grows, the nits move up from the scalp surface. Hair grows about 1 inch per month, on average - so if the nits are a half-inch away from the scalp, lice have been present for about 2 weeks; an inch away, 4 weeks; and so on. ...Read more

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How can I tell my mom I have head lice?

Don't be embarrassed: It is a common infection. Just be candid. ...Read more

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Could someone please tell me a bit more information about the chiggers?

Could someone please tell me a bit more information about the chiggers?

They are mites.: Very very tiny arachnids, relatives of spiders & ticks. They live & feed on vegetation like grain, grasses, & briar bushes. The immature larva drops onto humans (or other hosts) & injects a very irritating substance into the skin in order to feed. Then they drop off after a few days leaving a cluster of intensely itchy skin lesions. Treatment is antihistamines, cool compresses, & topical steroids. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could lice live inside your body?

Please tell me, could lice live inside your body?

No: Lice do not live inside your body or attack your organs. They live on skin/ hair. ...Read more

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My friend has lice please help me tell her not to come over?

Why not just...: ...Tell her to seek treatment? The treatment for lice (either head or pubic) is very straightforward, and not expensive. Once she is treated, you can let her come over all she wants. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have lice vs dandruff problems?

Both are itchy: With lice you see the nits or egg of lice.Dandruff shows the flakes or seborrea. Both presents with too much scalp itching. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I put my head on snow, will the lice on my head die?

Unlikely to happen: The lice would simply hibernate for a period before resuming their lives. Any chill you could tolerate might kill a few but would not kill those within the egg casings or the hardy adults. ...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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Can you tell me about head lice. Please help!?

Can you tell me about head lice. Please help!?

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. Lice mature within 10 days and begin laying eggs attached to hair. They feed on human blood, cause itching, but do not carry diseases. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what gets rid of lice for good?

Lice tx: Tx 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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How to tell if it's chigger bites or bedbug bites?

Differentiating: Chigger's bites often have a small red in the center of a welt & occur in areas where skin is tender like the crotch, armpits, beltline, backs of knees, ankles. They are extremely itchy. Bed bug bites may cause no sx's/signs in some except for 2 small points where skin was punctured by bedbug. When there's a reaction, it may show from an hour to several days after bite. It can cause itchy, pink. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have head lice are all killed?

New activity: You can be infested with juvenile lice before they start laying eggs & not recognize the activity. If you have removed the egg casings & killed the lice, you must wait out the next 2 weeks to see if you have got them all. Any that were missed or hatching new would take up to 10 days to mature & lay recognizable eggs. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how people get rid of lice fast?

Can someone tell me how people get rid of lice fast?

Tx 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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Can you tell me what to do if I found out I had head lice!?

Head lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & 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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Can someone tell me how long will it take to end a lice infestation with rubbing alcohol?

Long time: I don't think rubbing alcohol is strong enough to kill lice. If you had short hair and carefully removed all the lice and nits it might work. But I would recommend a prescription lice product (and removal of all nits). Best to treat again in 8 or 9 days to be sure. ...Read more

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How do I tell her to get rid of her head lice?

HEAD LICE SHAMPOO: See your pcp who can prescribe head lice shampoo. It takes longer to get rid of nits even though lice are killed by shampoo because they are firmly attached to hair shaft. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I get a lice treatment somewhere?

Lice Treatment: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; 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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Can you tell me if you have killed the head lice are the eggs dead as well?

Not always. Depends: On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...Read more

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How can one with black hair tell if he or she has really bad dandruff or lice?

Also....: Sometimes people who see something in their hair have trouble deciding if it's dandruff or lice. The way to tell is simple; if it's stuck to your hair, it's a nit (egg). If it falls off or you lose sight of it when you touch it lightly, it's dandruff. ...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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Pediculosis (Definition)

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