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    Pediculus Capitis

    More commonly known as 'nits'. These are pin-head sized grey-brown, wingless insects that live by sucking blood from the scalp and leave their eggs glued to the base of hairs. Read more →

    Hi Im 26 years old now and had my right ovary removed when i was 18 due to an large ovarian cyst which mutated my ovary. I was told that I should have any problems conceiving in the future. Since this I have found out that I now have small cysts on my remaining ovary so the G.P is now saying I have poly cystic ovaries, I was sent to a gynacologist for my abnormal periods and have now been given provers tablets to control this. I do not want children right now but do in the future and I found out the other day that a woman is born with the eggs that she will need for the rest of my life so does that mean now that i have had one ovary removed that i have less eggs and how that ovary is releasing an egg every month that i will run out of eggs??





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    My balls pain sometimes every day.. It pains when I do heavy weight work. This pain was two months ago and now it pains again. This is not so hard pain but it disturbing my attention. So the pain is mostly in left egg and sometimes in the right one..and the pain apear in eggs go toward the leg side attached with eggs.. It's hard to explain more





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    Im 54 and have had a hysterectomie 10 yrs ago.maybe every month or so I tend to get a slight almost pink colour when I wipe myself.i still have my eggs would it be anything to do with that I almost have period pains too.





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    i seem to break wind more when im lying down,sadly on the bed,my husband is not happy with me but puts up with it,why do i smell more after eating eggs? im nearly 40 and had our first baby a year ago.





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    hi i have had nits for about 4 / 5 years and i cant get rid of them at all we have tried every single treatment out ther and they just keep coming bk when i have my hair up in a ponytail i am worried about the eggs showing behind my ears and near my neck can anybody tell me how to prevent this?!?!?!!?!?!? need help asap! xxx





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    i have very smelling poo of eggs bright brown stool soft and jelly looking also pain on left side from above waist to groin high CRP blood test and lymp nodes up around unbillical area





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    My daughter who is 24 has been told she is likely to have an early menapause as the FSH test she has had for fertility have come back at 28. She is besides herself as all she ever wanted was to have a baby. She has been told she would not be suitable for IVF and her only option is egg donation. Why can't they harvest her own eggs and fertilise these?





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    I started my periods aged 11 and here I am at 51 and still seeing every month. My sister started at 16 and she's fifty now and not seen in months. How is this fair? I thought that we all had virtually the same number of eggs when we were born. I know I'm going through the menopause as I have many of the normal symptoms but am still keeping the sanitary retailers in business.





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    Hi I'm nearly 19 and I have a 1 year old son. Before I had my son my breasts where about a b-c. When I was preg they where a c and now they are horrible and I hate them I just wanna cut them off! I have never shown any of my boyfriends my boob no matter how much they ask. I always wear padded,gel bra's sumtimes even puttin tissue in to fill them out a bit more. I just wish I had normal breast not fried eggs :( what could you suggest I'm to afraid to go to my gp as they are not english and hard to understand.





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    I've had 'head lice' for about 8 years. I have tried the wet combing method every 2 days and I comb it everyday dry, I also have tried many treatments such as 'lyclear'. It says it gets rid of all lice and eggs and it also has an after spray which prevents you from catching them again. However it does not work at all. It is meant to kill the lice but whenever I have used it, it hasn't helped at all. What's the best method to get rid of them?





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    My 6 year old has really long hair. 3 years ago, she was literally infested with lice. I used Hedrin which cleared them and since then, the only shampoo I use is the Vosene Kids shampoo. It is a 3 in 1 shampoo/conditioner with natural head lice repellent. She has not had head lice since 2009 :D With her very long hair, she would normally be 1 of the 1st to be infested so I swear by the shampoo. Good luck, I hope this helps.

    I have a grandaughter who has suffered for nearly 2 years and I want to know where I can get the £50 treatment mentioned on this site as she is coming to me for a holiday she is 13years old and her mother has tried everything on the market but still the eggs appear.

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    My niece has had headlice and eggs bad for the last 12months. We have tried everything available but cant seem to get rid of the eggs. We have had allkinds of combs from plastic to metal and the eggs just wont budge. Can someone please tell me what the best option is to get rid of the eggs as it is causing her a lot of discomfort.





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    Child with nits required for filming for a small piece on our website. If you would like us to clear your child’s lice with the help of The Hairforce - Lice Assassins, as seen on the show, for FREE then please contact Mark ASAP. Details available on the website below. http://embarrassingbodieskids.channel4.com/show-information/want-to-get-your-nits-treated/

    This sounds like threadworms. The female threadworms lay eggs in the anus at night and leave an itchy mucus to 'glue' their eggs on. I would try an over the counter threadworm treatment and stick to a strict hygiene regime to avoid ingesting more eggs. Hope this helps!

    Hi, on my thy area and sometimes even on my lower leg, I have these itchy little skin coloured bumps. When I squeeze them, what appears to look like 'eggs' come out. The only way I can really discribe the 'eggs' is that they appear as a almost perfect oval shape, they are clear or sometimes tinted a bit yellow, and they look kinda shiny. Sounds horrible I know, and it's just disgusting to think I may have something burrowing it's eggs into my skin. Of course I itch it, and afterwards they look like little red bumps. Rather horrible, is this scabbies? Or is it something else? I do wash everyday, so what is going on with me.





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    Yes those are thread worms they travel around to the opening of your anis to lay their eggs ,sometimes they get lost and end up at the entrance to your vagina any where warm they like.you can't just kill them by being clean you must get medicine from the doctor.its very common and nothing to be embarrassed about! Wash first thing in the morning to keep the eggs at bay.(the adults lay every night) and also any babies who can't lay eggs come out when it's hot (when your sleeping) so best to have a rinse 5 mins after a bath.they are transparent in colour yes you are right they do look more white in stools though.but polar bears fur is actually transparent and we think its white too because it has black skin.anyway hope that info helps please don't use too much soapy stuff on those areas as it can lead to further problems like thrush etc

    Lisa, I have been on the same pill for 3-4 years now and also have no periods! my family has also said the same thing. Im sure its because the pill stops you producing eggs so you do not have any eggs in your womb to get rid of there for no blood. But now im slightly unsure haha. :(





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    I think I've got threadworms I'm not sure. I have just discovered itching tonight, it's very itchy and almost tingly. I went on google and tried to self examine and it came up with thread worms. I am very worried and very embarrassed. The medication only gets rid of the worms not the eggs! When do the eggs disappear





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    Yes it probably has to do with the depo with depo it could take up to 1 to 3 years to get pregnant because its like putting a bandaid over her eggs and it takes a little for her eggs to become ready

    Why hasn't anyone come with a spray to be used around the house that will kill threadworm eggs? They have them for fleas etc. Is there just not enough money for the research. I have had them now for 2 years and my life has been so miserable that I have even considered suicide on more than one occasion. If so many people have them why isn't something being done to eradicate the eggs? By the way am following all the cleaning rules and hygiene practices but still no luck.





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    As last year you didn't have a period at all, your body needs to release all the blood and unformed eggs as at some point it needs to be cleared out, I was the same and didnt have a period for 9 months so I went on the pill just to clear me body out, it was the most painful thing! As it was 9 months worth of unformed eggs blood and pain in a week. As i also have polycystic ovaries. So once your body has cleared out and stopped releasing unformed eggs I would advise you to get something to regulate your periods so this doesn't happen again, sorry I can't be much more help.

    As last year you didn't have a period at all, your body needs to release all the blood and unformed eggs as at some point it needs to be cleared out, I was the same and didnt have a period for 9 months so I went on the pill just to clear me body out, it was the most painful thing! As it was 9 months worth of unformed eggs blood and pain in a week. As i also have polycystic ovaries. So once your body has cleared out and stopped releasing unformed eggs I would advise you to get something to regulate your periods so this doesn't happen again, sorry I can't be much more help.

    Maybe your daughter still had some eggs left over so needed a second dose.Ovex kills the worms(starves them of glucose and they die)but it doesn't get rid of the eggs.Ovex didn't work for me I found Pripsen much better it paralyzes the worms and contains a laxative sena which helps to pass them out of your system.You need two doses the first dose gets rid of the adult worms and the second dose treats the young worms that have hatched and aren't old enough to have laid any eggs.If Ovex isn't working for your daughter maybe you should ask your doctor about pripsen.Anyway,hope your daughter gets better soon.

    hey ive had this before and i'm only 13 Practically you can catch it by biting ur nails or touching dirty surfaces and putting it in your mouth! they ley eggs at night so that's why it is itchy after 9ish ... go to ur GP with a parent or friend and they will give you 1 tablet that cleans up ALL the infection and kills off all the eggs that have been lay'd! if you dont the worms can spread to your ovary so its quite inportant you so ASAP :)x

    I have just found out I have Threadworms, if you have it get some tissue and soap and wipe in the morning so the eggs are off and then get some Threadworm Medicine and take it and the Threadworms will go away, and not come back because of the Threadworm Eggs.





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    Keep removing the nits (eggs) with the comb every week (loads of conditioner, sit in the bath with her and comb, comb, comb!)... then see an aromatherapist for a mix of oils (tea tree, pine and manuka in an almond oil carrier). It conditions hair as well as getting rid of the little beasties (if the eggs ever hatch). Good luck!

    a way to help this is to stay really clean like washing your hands and taking a bath alot also try not to itch because eggs can be left on your hands in between your finger nails and if your finger is put into your mouth the cycle will just go round again. if you get treatment for it if it comes back then that is pribibly because females can lay eggs and become active within a few hours

    Does any one no or agree with me if you take the med such as ortex every 2 weeks as recomended or every 1 week as i have decided for about 6 weeks their is no chance of reinfectio because the first dosr has killed all the adults so their for cant lay any more eggs, then the second dose in 2 weeks kills off any 1 that hatch from eggd left behind from the first dose, then in the mean time any eggs left in the enviorment are dead or nearly dead and if any of them get ingested you have anouthet dose to get rid off them therefore all eggs from that were produced from the first time of invection have died naturlaly and any that were injested after the first dose of meds dont get a chance to reach adult hood and cant reporduce therefore stoping the cycle so i recomend more that 2 doses of meds





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    my 15 year old daughter has got them and was in a terrible state last night and couldnt get to sleep for thinking about it. so ive been to the chemist for ovex and it treats a family of six so we are all going to be treated. i have changed all the beds and put them on a hot wash and hoovered all the room well. i have also reminded the kids that the medicine will kill the worms but not the eggs so for the next six weeks will be good handwashing and give them there own towels and hopefully that will stop the eggs rehatching !





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    I agree with all above . simple table re foods would be good on this website. I only ever get this at time of month - been for tests nothing shows . My DR said can happen as the flora and fauna gets imbalanced esp at the change time of life is this true? I am 43. Also It is funny that I feel a need to eat eggs, when actually I dont like eggs much! and meat around this time of the month- whats that about?





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    I recently discovered i have worms and was mortified. I've done nothing but wash and clean everything since. I have taken a tablet each week (Ovex) but i still seem to have the annoying symptoms. Treatment does not kill threadworm eggs, only the worms themselves. Good hygiene is the only way to prevent eggs from spreading and causing another infection. Avoid carbs, starchy foods and sugar as these make the worms in your gut - thrive!!





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    I have only just realised i have been suffering with this for six months, i knew there was something wrong i just didnt know what! i got some advice from my chemist and i was told to take a one tablet treatment called 'OVEX'. its available over the counter and will kill the worm, strict hygiene is to be carried on until the eggs disappear...i dont know where they go but the tablet does not destroy the eggs, it should clear itself up within days. the reason why it itched at night is because you are warm in bed, it tends to come out in the heat. Hope this helps.





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