Preventing and Treating Head Lice: A Parent’s Guide to Unpleasant Parasites

Preventing head lice may seem impossible when you consider how easily lice epidemics spread throughout schools and how good lice are at reproducing and clinging to their human host. Although lice may be intimidating, there are a few precautions you can take as a parent to help your child avoid lice.

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Scabies Facts and How to Detect the Meddlesome Mite

Scabies are contracted from skin to skin contact with an infested person. Most commonly, scabies are usually caught from prolonged handholding because the hand is the usually the first part of the body affected by scabies. Usually an individual needs to be in physical contact with an infested person for about 20 minutes in order to contract scabies.

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The Life Cycle of Head Lice: From Egg to Adult and Everything In-between

Lice start out as eggs or nits that attach to the hair shaft of humans. Lice eggs are oval shaped and range from yellow to white coloring. They are only about the size of a knot in a string and are usually found about ¼ inch down from the scalp. Because the eggs remain in a shell for protection, many lice products have trouble penetrating through and killing the lice. A lice shampoo can be applied later, once the eggs hatch, in order to effectively kill the new lice or a lice egg comb can be used to remove lice eggs before they hatch.

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Things You Are Afraid to Ask Your Pharmacist: Pubic Lice Edition

Sometimes personal ailments can be especially embarrassing or awkward to talk about. In reality, your healthcare provider or pharmacist probably hears about and treats these issues on a daily basis.

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Failed Home Remedies: The Best and Worst Ways to Treat Head Lice

As of recently, studies have not shown home remedies to be effective against lice. The best home remedies often lie in prevention. It is always wise to monitor your child (and his or her hair) if there is a reported lice outbreak at his or her school. The following home remedies may seem helpful but can actually cause further damage and complications. At best, home remedies can delay effective treatment from your healthcare provider or pharmacist and allow lice to spread to other people.

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Complications of Pubic Lice: Find Out if You are at Risk

While pubic lice are more of an irritating nuisance than a serious health risk, complications can sometimes arise. These complications are usually not severe but are worth being aware of so that further treatment can begin before conditions worsen.

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Are Head Lice and Pubic Lice the Same? Uncomfortable Health Questions Answered

Head lice and pubic lice are actually two distinct parasitic insects from the same family. The medical name for head lice is Pediculus humanus capitis and the medical name for pubic lice is Pthirus pubis. Head lice generally remain on the scalp and the hair growing from the scalp. Pubic lice generally remain on the genital area but can sometimes spread to other areas with course hair (such as armpits, beards, and eyelashes).

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10 Simple Steps for Detecting Lice on Your Child

As a parent, you know that a sick child often means a cranky child. From the common cold to allergies, it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what is wrong when children have trouble articulating their symptoms. You can use the following steps to determine if the problem may be lice.

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5 Signs of Scabies You Should Be Aware of

Abnormal skin conditions can be a frustrating and worrisome for everyone. Ailments like scabies can be hard to self diagnose. In fact, many people do not know exactly what scabies is. Put simply, scabies is an extremely itchy, contagious skin condition caused by a small tunneling or burrowing mite. 

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Simple Tips for Prevention

  • Teach Good Habits. Personal belongings such as brushes, hats, and towels can pass lice. So don't share.
  • Be Aware of Shared Spaces. Keep personal items (hats, coats, etc) out of common areas.  
  • Avoid Outbreaks. If you know of an outbreak, avoid locations where head-to-head contact would occur like sporting activities.