Conditions and Diseases
Hair Loss and Treatment
Questions about the wingless parasites that carry diseases and that infest hair. This is a problem that everyone deals with in their life. Here you can find out why we get them and how to get rid of them.
Is it better to dye your hair when it is clean or when it is dirty?
While there is some controversy about this question, it is a fact that it takes longer for the chemicals to break through dirt to perform the reaction desired. If the hair is not too dirty, the dirt will help protect the scalp from the sometimes harsh reaction to the skin. "Too dirty" is a relative term, and includes styling products and processes. If your hair has been washed within 3 days and you have not used a whole can of hairspray on...
Asked in Personal Hygiene, Head Lice, Dandruff
What is the difference between dandruff and nits?
Dandruff is a skin condition of the scalp that causes flakes to appear and is marked by itching. When your body renews the skin cells in your scalp, the old, dead ones are pushed to the surface. In some people, the body renews the skin cells too frequently for the old ones to be shed inconspicuously, causing a mass amount of dead skin to gather on the scalp, resulting in the condition known as dandruff. Nits are head lice eggs. Coincidentally, having...
Asked in Animal Parasites, Head Lice
Why do you have to wash bed linen after head lice?
Off of a human's head lice cannot not live past 24-48 hours. Therefore, when they have fallen off onto your pillows, blankets, sheets, stuffed animals, etc. they may still be there (alive) after you have treated your hair. So to prevent getting head lice back into your hair, it is best to wash your bedding and dry them thoroughly. Lice and nits will die in temperatures higher than 138 degrees. ...
Asked in Head Lice, Care of Ferrets
Can humans get head lice from ferrets?
Head lice cannot live on animal blood, only human blood, and will die within 24 hours of leaving the human head, so it is unlikely. However, if even one does end up on your animal by happenstance, and you interact with your pet within a 24 hour period, it is possible to get the head lice back into your hair where it can lay eggs. For the sake of caution then, it may be wise not to allow your pets on...
Asked in Head Lice
Do lice like hair oil?
No. Lice do not like hair oil because they can't latch onto the hair follicle. It's just like if you were going to try to turn a greasy doorknob. Lice can normally be found on the scalp behind the ears and right above the neck because hair is naturally less greasy in those places. ...
Asked in Head Lice
How do you kill book lice?
The booklice need warm, damp dark places where mold is growing for food. First remove the mold, then remove the source of moisture, keep the area where the book lice are extremely dry and aired out. A dehumidifier and raising the temperature in the home will increase evaporation of the water source, Try to get the areas where the lice are into the sun light on the area. Many pesticides containing pyrethrin or cyfluthrin are available as aerosol sprays, dusts, or emulsifiable...
Asked in Head Lice, Skin Care, Skin Disorders
Can an exterminator get rid of head lice?
Not likely. Exterminators are not equipped to deal with insects that live on the human body, but rather insects and pests that live within the home. Even if an exterminator WERE equipped to do such things, if even one person in your household has one living lice on them, it is possible for that one bug to re-infest your entire home.Therefore, I would say no. An exterminator cannot get rid of lice. However, you can do it quite easily (and very...
Asked in Women's Health, Head Lice, Sprite
What would happen if rubbing alcohol was applied to the vaginal area?
Answer There is no reason anyone should be asking this or DOING this. Answer I got razor burn from shaving and so i rubbed rubbing alcohol in the vaginal area and after a few days of doing so i got blisters, I'm looking for an answer to this question also. answer It would hurt like mad, it is for sore muscles not delicate mucous membranes. ANSWER: Use an over the counter hydrocortisone cream instead. NO alcohol wipes/rubbing alcohol. ...
Asked in Head Lice
Can hair food kill lice?
Hair Food is, as far as I can tell, the brand name of a hair care product by Jell Pharma. It's not designed to kill lice; if it really could do this and could keep them from returning, then I feel certain they'd advertise the fact on their website. It's possible that it could kill lice by smothering them, but this certainly wouldn't be a lasting solution; nowhere near as effective as real lice treatments like RID and similar products. ...
Asked in Dog Health, Animal Health, Head Lice
Will vaseline kill lice?
Answer You are thinking along the lines more regarding ticks. No, it wouldn't make a difference and you should see your doctor who will give you medication for this. Children can come home from school with lice in their hair and it's contagious. With the proper medication (generally a medicated shampoo) you can get rid of the lice quite quickly. It's important the whole family shampoo their hair. Answer I am a Nurse Practitioner. In answer to your question, yes, in theory, vaseline could kill...
Asked in Conditions and Diseases, Head Lice
What is Head Sparing?
Head sparing is the process of protecting the infant brain during times of inadequate nutrition. It is the process of using stored nutrition in the baby's fat to protect the brain, so that even if the body stops growing due to insufficient nourishment, the brain will be protected, or "spared". ...