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Head lice

Head lice: Introduction

Head lice: Also called Pediculus humanus capitis (peh-DICK-you-lus HUE-man-us CAP-ih-TUS), head lice are parasitic insects found on the heads of people. ... more about Head lice.

Head lice: Small lice infesting the hair and head. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Head lice is available below.

Symptoms of Head lice

Treatments for Head lice

  • Lice killing medications
    • Head lice shampoos
  • Nit removal measures
    • Special combing of the hair
  • Measures to remove lice and nits from objects
  • more treatments...»

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Head lice?

Head lice: Related Patient Stories

Head lice: Deaths

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Alternative Treatments for Head lice

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Head lice may include:

  • White vinegar rinse
  • Vinegar and olive oil
  • Mayonnaise overnight
  • Petroleum jelly overnight
  • Tea tree, rosemary, lemon and lavender oil in a base of vegetable oil
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Head lice: Complications

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Causes of Head lice

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Disease Topics Related To Head lice

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Head lice: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Head lice

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Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the more »

Rare form of hair loss often misdiagnosed: a rare form of extreme hair loss called "Atrichia with papular lesions" (APL) is often misdiagnosed as alopecia totalis. Researchers estimate that about 1 per more »

Hair and scalp disorders misdiagnosed in African Americans: A higher than average percentage of misdiagnoses of hair or scalp disorders seem to occur in African Americans. Some of the overlooked hair/scalp conditions include more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical more »

Head lice: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Head lice

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Head lice

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Statistics for Head lice

Head lice: Broader Related Topics

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Article Excerpts about Head lice

Also called Pediculus humanus capitis (peh-DICK-you-lus HUE-man-us CAP-ih-TUS), head lice are parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Having head lice is very common; as (Source: excerpt from Head Lice Infestation: DPD)

Definitions of Head lice:

Infestation of the scalp with lice - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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