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Lice infestation, medication and eradication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   r u skin splecialist?
Doctor :   I am a general physician.
Doctor :   I can help you within my expertise.
User :   I m 29 yr old healthy man
Doctor :   Ok
User :   but mth back I felt itching in my pvt area
User :   then I found a small bug there
User :   which was clinging hard in the hair in the pvt area
Doctor :   Ok
User :   then I discovered many such small bugs
Doctor :   Ok
User :   I tried washing them with soap n dettol
User :   but they had no effect
Doctor :   Ok
User :   then I shaved d hair as the bugs started scattering in other parts of body
Doctor :   Ok
User :   It was ok for some time
User :   but as the hair grew back again
User :   they r back
User :   I dunno wht to do
Doctor :   Since when are you having these symptoms?
Doctor :   Do you still have itching?
User :   ya
User :   bugs r back
Doctor :   Do you notice skin changes at the affected region?
User :   not much
Doctor :   Ok
User :   noticed the symptoms some 2 mth back when I shaved d hair
User :   now as d hair is back they r back too
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me explain.
User :   they r similiar to the one u have in head hair
User :   bigger version of them
Doctor :   The most common bugs seen in human body is lice.
User :   k
Doctor :   They can be present in the scalp, body or even pubic region.
Doctor :   They are responsible for itching and other inflammatory changes that can happen at the infested region.
Doctor :   From your description, you do not have any of the inflammatory conditions.
Doctor :   They spread by means of contact, which means it could be present on the clothing's.
Doctor :   And it is spreading from there.
Doctor :   Other areas from which it can spread are from the bed that you sleep on and other areas of contact.
Doctor :   Hence apart from treating the current problem, you need to keep your surroundings clean too.
Doctor :   To put across in simple words the measures of eradication are
Doctor :   1. you will need to treat your current infestation.
Doctor :   Generally washing throughly helps.
Doctor :   But if they don't then you will need topical or oral medications.
Doctor :   Topical medications present in some shampoos such as medicare and other antidandruff shampoo help.
Doctor :   You may clean the affected region using the same shampoo.
Doctor :   If they are still present, then you may need oral medications such as ivermectin.
Doctor :   You can avail these medication after taking a prescription from a doctor.
Doctor :   2. Maintain a healthy hygeine.
Doctor :   Frequently wash the clothes that you wear regularly.
Doctor :   Wash them and sun dry them.
Doctor :   you will also need to wash your bed sheets, pillow covers and other clothing that you come in contact with it.
Doctor :   You will need to wash them after soaking in hot water (temperature above 50 degrees C for 5 minutes)
Doctor :   and then wash and sun dry them.
Doctor :   These measures will help in eradicating the louse.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   Are you there?
Doctor :   I have to close the window as you are not responding. Please chat with us if you have any more queries.
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