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  • A tasty specimen of a pubic louse (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    Phthirus Pubis

    An infestation by tiny parasitic insects that live in coarse body hair, most commonly pubic hair. Read more →

  • A female head louse (Photo courtesy of CDC)

    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 →

    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.

    Hi i would like to know what the company is called that come's out to treat head lice. My daughter is constantly getting head lice.





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    hi im a mum of 4 1 girl(11)3 boys(8)(4)and 7 months ive been struggling with nits and lice for over 8 months i have tryed everything i do the treatments combing ect but i can not get rid of them plz help as its like 12 pound a bottle everyother week my kids scream when i have to combe there hair its so upsetting i worry it will leave emotional scars with them but i hate the lill horreres plz help have you a link to the pple u had on ur show whome de-hydrate the nits/lice and remove them plz plz plz i need help





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    I am 17 years old from Australia and the past few days I have been experiencing itching everywhere! Scalp, breasts, stomach, hips, back, legs, ankles and lower privates. It's quite awkward especially in public.I'm constantly scratching for no reason, it's absolutely maddening. I have been doing my research and have looked up some possible theory's on what could be causing it, new soap, bodily lice or pregnancy is what I have narrowed it down to. I have no prior skin conditions and I have never had a reaction like this before. I have been using a new soap and since then I've been itchy but it does not explain why I am itchy on my head because I can't apply it to my hair, then again I am sexually active but I took a test 2 weeks ago and it was negative plus I just had my period and then again I could have bodily lice but I don't have any res bumps or marks. I have no rash just the itch and I'm going back to school I really don't know what to do is it just my soap or something more sinister? What's wrong with me? Please help.





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    can lice be found in hair elsewhere on the bodie?





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    No, it is more likely to be something else. Suggest visit your GP.

    Yes they can be found in your eye lashes and eye brows.

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    My daughters have had head lice for around a 2 and a half years now, i have tried everything, combing, lotions, the lot, its costing me a fortune, school are constantly on my back about it, but with 3 girls im fighting a losing battle! i get them myself too, are there any clinics in sheffield i can go too to get it sorted once and for all? Thanks :)





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    thats what im wanting to know the best thing is to go to your doctors and ask them.

    i had a section nearly 4 years ago and my scar is still itchy, all along the scar and above it and below it so it feeld like my pubic hair has lice (which it doesnt)i have to put powder on it everytime i have a shower coz if i sweat it gets worse, any suggestions?





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    Im really worried?! my hair on my hair over the past few days has been falling out quite a lot :/ nothings changed with products i used, i'm not sure if its natural like animals malting coming into summer and all but really need help?! what should i doo? also my head has become itchy but i dont have dandruff or lice, ahh?!





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    don't worry, your not alone, my head is also VERY itchy all the time but I haven't noticed and lice either. I think this sort of thing must be normal for teenagers

    i have spots in my pubic hair ,im a 14 yr old girl and im also a virgin theres about 20 spots which if squeezed have puss . they never go away and i dont see any lice they sometimes itch and leave scar marks ...what are they and why am i getting them ? .. and yes i keep the area clean , i also have the same type of spots on my face but only like normal and some on my upper back





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    i have the exact same problem and im 14 yr old girl

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    I'm so fed up with constantly having to deal with head lice which my primary aged daughters catch and re-catch from their classmates. Is there any way a National No Nit day can be organised through embarrassing bodies where all school age children are encouraged to have their hair checked and if necessary dealt with on the same day? I know nits can never be fully eradicated but there must be a way of making them less prolific...?





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    my little had scabies last year we use this lice spray called ( lice b gone ) you leave it on over night . she woke up with no rash no itch . it's also used for head lice. go to google and put in lice b gone its great. just wanted to help yall out . good luck





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    i have had them for close to a year now i had them for the first time ever when i found out i was 3 months pregnant with my daughter she is about to be 4 months now and i believe she also has them i have been to the doctor probebly over 20 times i had the 5% cream and also stuff call invermectin ive vaccumed everywhere washed sheets my clothes the babies stuff and i still am getting them i understand your pain i ask myself the same question everyday.

    You need to continue with the treatment - especially if using the Dimethicone lotion. If you only put this on once then you'll kill the live lice but not the nits then they'll hatch giving you more lice. Only an adult lice can lay eggs in yout hair so repeating your treatment 7 days after the first application usually is enough to get rid of these mini horrors.





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    CAN YOU BUY THIS SHAMPOO IN AUSTRALIA

    Are head lice and pubic lice different? my partner was itching between his legs and pulled off what looked like a head louse is this pubic lice also can they be picked up from bedding as he is a truck driver ?





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    Im 16 my hair is curley and thick and i have head lice and its so hard to put a nit comb through my hair and it hurts really badly. plus it dosnt get that much of the head lice out.I have a lot of head lice and have had it for years... ive tryed every thing, but nothing seems to work. PLEASE HELP !!!!....





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    Hey, I am 17 years old and I have been lice free for nearly two years now. I suffered for years with lice and it was a real problem no matter what treatments I used. They finally went away with regular, every night combing with strong solution and using spray throughout the day and tea tree oil. If you have children with lice, make sure all bedsheets, pillows, hair accessories, hairbrushes & hats are cleaned because they could have eggs on them.





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    I had nits and lice when I was at infant and jumior school and my own children caught them when they were in infant and junior school. We had a lotion called Derbac put on at the time which was left on all night but was taken off the market years ago because of the ingredients. I know some people seem to get nits again and again and what works on one person another persons biddies as we called the lice are immune to. I have an old Derbac metal comb that has very fine teeth and it seems to be the only comb that actually grabs the eggs as well as the lice, it is priceless to me as you cant get them any more. I have used it on my own grandchildren too going over their head every night poor lambs. There are electronic lice combs which I have bought for all my children so they can use them withought having to use chemicals all the time and so far my family are staying lice free. Vigilance is a pain but so necessary.

    hi,my sister has severe head lice.she comes home with it constantly from school each week.we have told the teachers at the school and nothing has happened.we treat her hair with Hedrin (a special treatment for head lice) regularly but the lice never seem to go away,this isn't fair on my sister.what shall we do? is there any other treatment that you would recommend to our family?





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    Firstly, Hedrin is not a chemical treatment, so you can use it often without fear of reaction or resistance. It does require two treatments though, 6/7 days apart to be effective, otherwise you are wasting your time, as it does not treat the eggs. I had this problem with my daughter for a while at her school. I gave up treating her - I just combed all the lice out every morning before and after school (about 15 mins each time). I complained to the headteacher (to be fair I am secretary of the PTA so that may have added weight), I spoke with other concerned parents and encouraged them to complain too. Eventually a letter was sent out on a Thursday of a long weekend, asking us all to check and treat our children's hair that weekend. It worked for us. Alternatively, neem (neam?) is some kind of oil that repels lice.. you can only try these things. I have an infant teacher friend who swears by the stuff.

    i found all the conditioner treatments and lotions so time consuming and messy and ineffective too. i found a robi comb at the chemist for £20, which sounds a lot, but it is a very quick treatment. just comb through dry hair, it needs batteries and gives the lice an electric shock to kill them, repeat each day for 2 weeks, to catch all the eggs that are hatching and the kids hair will be free of lice. it's so quick and the lice don't become immune to it.

    my children have always seemed to attract lice from the school, i was fed up so i poured vodka over there hair like my nan did to me when i was a child as i never had them again ;/... its been over 12 months and no lice..





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    How come crabs is not the same size and look the same as head lice?Does it take longer or shoter time for pubic lice egggs to hatch?





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    Iv had head lice for about 5 years now and I have tryed everything to get rid of them and its just now working , I was wondering if there was a place you could go and get special treatment , and have people remove the lice and eggs .





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    hi. ive had head lice ever since i could remember when i was younger but im 17 nd i still cant get rid of them. ive tryed all the lotions nd they get rid of the dead lice but i cnt get rid of the eggs plz help me im so embarrised about it because my friends have seen them i no because they have been horrible about it somtimes soo plz can u help me!!





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    How do you remove lice eggs my daughter is 10 and she gets lice really bad from school please help





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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.

    hello im 13 and i always used to get lice my mum tried everything and then she found some advice in a magazine !!! if you coat all your hair in olive oil over night and put a shower cap on while you sleep this will kill all the head lice. in the morning use a nit comb to go through your hair to get all the lice out. BUT DOING THIS DOES NOT KILL THE EGGS only some, this means that you still need to nit comb the hair every day for about 4 days to try and get all the eggs out so that they cannot hatch ! HOPE THIS HELPS!





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    i found all the conditioner treatments and lotions so time consuming and messy and ineffective too. i found a robi comb at the chemist for £20, which sounds a lot, but it is a very quick treatment. just comb through dry hair, it needs batteries and gives the lice an electric shock to kill them, repeat each day for 2 weeks, to catch all the eggs that are hatching and the kids hair will be free of lice. it's so quick and the lice don't become immune to it.

    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.

    hi, i am fed up of head lice!! both me and my sister catch them off of each other and as a result of this arnt free of them for any longer than a week. i try using headlice repellant but it never works. i have extremely long hair as the hairdressers wont cut it because of the lice and its getting to a stage where i cant take it anymore!!! please help!! :)





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    I'm having the same problem, I caught them off someone at school and they won't go away but don't use headlice repellant because the headlice will just get used to them and it's a complete waste of money. Put conditioner in your hair and brush it with the nit comb every day until you can't see nits anymore and tell your sister to do the same xxx

    im 16 and ive had head lice all my life since primary school. i have a big family we all have head lice and cant seem to get rid of them. we have tryed everything, i need help badly im so sick of them and soooo embarrassed please help me....





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    Hi my name is katelyn im 13 and iv got rid of head lice and eggs but my friend is full of head lice witch keeps on spreading them so i dont know how to stop having them and to help her





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    with the question above I have recently found crabs on my body, I went to several chemists searching for Derbac M but was told it was no longer available and there is No treatment available for body lice only Head lice. Can you suggest something ? C





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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. It's only around £2.30 a bottle. Its says for daily use but I wash her hair about 3-4 times a week.





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