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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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My gp told me pubic lice is curable. The doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure. U live withthemcompletely?

My gp told me pubic lice is curable. The doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure. U live withthemcompletely?

Pubic Lice Cure: With proper use of prescription creams, or lotions, pubic lice is curable. Since it is a human parasite on the skin, you can catch it again from intimate exposure to others who have the lice, or by sharing contaminated clothing, towels. Contact your doctor, or a Dermatologist, for treatment. ...Read more

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If my neighbors have lice and don't want to treat can we get it just by living in the same apartment building? One wall between ours. Separate doors.

If my neighbors have lice and don't want to treat can we get it just by living in the same apartment building? One wall between ours. Separate doors.

NO: Lice is passed from human hair to human hair by sharing hair brushes, pillows, and bedsheets, also by very close contact between two heads. Lice cannot survive off of human hair for more than 6-24 hours, so no need to go crazy cleaning everything in the home. Very unlikely for it to pass from neighbors if none of the above apply. ...Read more

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How can I treat lice?

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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What can I do to treat my lice?

What can I do to treat my lice?

Lice: 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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What is the best way to treat lice?

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 often can a child be treated for lice?

Lice treatment: Generally speaking we treat with permethrin overnight, then spend the next 2-3 days removing the nits with a comb. In one week, it can be repeated to kill any new ones that have hatched. ...Read more

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How do you get rectal lice? How do you treat this?

Hmmmmm: I think you may have found a pubic louse near your rectum. I think this article will help address your concerns.

http://www. Webmd. Com/children/tc/lice-treatment-overview ...Read more

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What happens to a person if head lice is never treated?

What happens to a person if head lice is never treated?

Itching infection: They will spread throughout the head amd cause itching, secondary infected scalp and swollen gland. When extensive it may require cutting off the hair to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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How do you treat a home or school for lice?

Ask Pediatrician: Typical first-line treatment would be a pediculicide for at least 2 treatments (preferably day 0 and day 9). Some experts recommend 3 treatments (days 0, 7, and 13 to 15). Permethrin 1% and pyrethrins plus piperonyl butoxide are generally considered first-line treatments. Benzyl alcohol or Malathion is a suitable second-line pediculicide. Choice depends primarily on the age of the patient & resis. ...Read more

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Is it safe to treat lice every few days for weeks on end?

Lice: You need to shampoo with the correct compound like Nix (permethrin) or Rid and then go through each strand of hair with a fine tooth comb so as to remove all the eggs which are tiny and white in appearance. Until you do this correctly it will continue to occur ...Read more

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Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Treated lice on a child but she says it still itches, but I do not see anything?

Head lice: Itching may continue even after all lice are destroyed. This happens because of a lingering allergic reaction to their bites. Over-the-counter cortisone (corticosteroid) creams or calamine lotion may help. For severe itching, antihistamine medicines (such as benadryl) or stronger, prescription-strength corticosteroid creams may be needed. Don't give antihistamines without doctors permission. ...Read more

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My four year old got lice last month. We treated her and combed daily. I treated her again last night and found more lice. What can we do?

Depends on treatment: It depends on what type of treatment you used and if you used it correctly. Here is a link with very detailed instructions to help you get rid of those pesky bugs. Http://www. Cdc. Gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment. Html Hopefully this helps! And don't panic, although they are gross, lice do not carry any diseases. ...Read more

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How can you treat very persistent head lice?

How can you treat very persistent head lice?

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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If your pregnant. What can you use to treat lice?

If your pregnant. What can you use to treat lice?

Options: "pregnant and lactating women should be treated with either Permethrin or pyrethrins with piperonyl butoxide; lindane and Ivermectin are contraindicated in pregnancy and lactating women."

http://www. Cdc. Gov/std/treatment/2010/ectoparasitic. Htm. ...Read more

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When can I relax my child hair after been treated for lice?

HEAD LICE: After applying treatment you have to take out the nits with a fine comb. When gone start relaxing the hair. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a child get head lice from another child that is getting treated for it?

If still present: Head lice are sometimes hard to get rid of. Sometimes multiple treatments and meticulous removal of egg casings are needed before they are gone for good. If present and the child shares a sleeping mat, headgear, brush or other item they can be passed easily. It can also take 10 or more days before you pick up that your kid has them. It takes that long for new lice to start laying visable eggs. ...Read more

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My daughter's best friend has lice. Since they are in constant contact, should I treat my daughter prior to a breakout?

No but inspect hair: No need to treat if lice or nits are not present on your child's scalp or in the hair. It may be worthwhile to buy a lice comb, very fine toothed, to comb and check your child's hair. Reinspect scalp and hair again in one week. ...Read more

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How can I treat pubic lice?

Many things: First visit your doctor for proper treatment (scabicide) and advice about preventing a recurrence. Next boil or dry clean sheets, pillow cases, blankets, or any clothing exposed to the lice. Don't forget luggage). Finally, be sure all contacts/environments are treated simultaneously. These infestations usually occur in crowded settings such as barracks or camps. ...Read more

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How do you get crab lice and how is it treated?

Skin to skin contact: Crab lice is transferred by skin to skin contact with an infested individual with transfer approaching 95% with one sexual contact. A 10 minute application of a pyrethrin preparation is usually effective in treating an infestation. Many retreat a week later to be sure. ...Read more

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How can you treat lice when I have psoriasis on my scalp?

How can you treat lice when I have psoriasis on my scalp?

An old style Rx: Since your scalp may absorb an excessive amount of what amounts to bug spray in most treatments, an old remedy may help. Some find a stout vinegar: apple cider or pickling vinegar, used as a wash/rinse will sometimes kill the bugs and loosen the egg casings for easier removal. It can be repeated several days in a row. If no help, a topical or oral med may be needed. ...Read more

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I only found one egg in my hair, do I still need to treat my lice?

Yes: Head lice eggs are laid at scalp level by sexually mature lice. You can have lice for ~10 days before they start laying& they are tiny & hard to see. You cannot assume that a casual mature louse laid one egg and then committed suicide. If it is there & really a nit, it means trouble. If you treated &just have a nit left over from prior infestation, just get rid of the nit & retreat if lice return. ...Read more

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Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Little bugs on head, very itchy not Lice treated for lice For 6 weeks Dr said it’s not Lice?

Catch the suspects: After a patient catches 2-3 of suspected bugs and puts them in a plastic urine container (and tighten the lid), the doctor can send them to the lab for "parasite identification." The lab will name the bugs and the doctor can decide the treatment. If the lab say "no parasites, " then the problem is harder to treat because then the patient's illness is "believing she has bugs when there are no bugs." ...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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My kids have lice and I have treated their hair several times but the problem is I can't get the nits. What else can I do?!

Louse comb: After you use a pediculocide (louse shampoo, cream rinse) you must mechanically remove the nits. This time consuming process should occur daily x 7 days, using a louse comb. The best one I've found is "licemeister". Ask pharmacist about products that help to loosen the bond between the nit and hair shaft. They can make a tedious job a little easier. Happy combing! ...Read more

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We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

We have treated my hair so many times for lice. The bugs look like lice but what else could it be? I can't tell if I have nits or dandruff

Dandruff flakes off: Dandruff flakes off easily while nits are essentially "glued" to the hair shaft and are difficult to remove. Very important to treat entire household with a lice shampoo (Nix, Rid, etc) and to launder all bedding incl pillows, mattress covers, sheets, etc. In very hot water (120 degrees). Use "nit comb" to remove all nits from hair, be diligent, repeat until nits gone. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

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