Common "Pediculosis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The infestation of the hairy parts of the body with lice (Pediculus humanus) is called pediculosis. These lice crawl on the body and feed on human blood, which results in itching. They also lay eggs on the body surface, and they look like dandruff. You can get infected with the lice by direct contact with someone infected.

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I saw lice in my sister's hair. How to ensure they are gone?

Query: Hello doctor, My sister is 16 years old. I found lice in her hair a few days ago. For two nights, she applied butter in her hair while she slept. I then combed through her hair with a flea comb twice a day. She washed everything in vinegar at a high temperature. I have not seen any today on her hair...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen your query. From your description, she seems to have pediculosis, that is head lice infestation. She should maintain a very good hygiene and make sure that no other body parts like axillae (armpits), and groin are involved. The most effective medicat...  Read Full »

I found lice in the groin area and waist. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from body lice. I found some lice in the groin area and waist. I take bath daily. I washed my clothes and bedding using hot water (of temperature 75°C). Even then I am unable to get rid of them. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Vinay Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity).Your suspicion is correct and this condition is known as pediculosis. The lice are an infectious condition and need to be eliminated. Fortunately, it is not difficult. You...  Read Full »

Is it bad to shave pubic hair often?

Query: Hello doctor, I remove my pubic my pubic hair often. However, lately I have come across some information on the internet where they try to give scientific evidence or studies or scientific view on why it is bad to shave pubic hair. Lots of the people have discussed about it, but they have not given ...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The natural way like keeping pubic hair is good. Because, they maintain the temperature regulation of the genital area and act as a shock absorber from surrounding unexpected trauma. But, regular cleaning of this area is utmost important, which will protect your pubic ...  Read Full »

My hair has been itchy and sticky since I moved to a different country. What should I do?

Query: Hi doctor,I have traveled to a different country to study, and my hair has been gross since I got here. It is itchy and waxy, and I always have a ton of lint or dust in my brush every time I brush my hair. I also recently started getting itchy bumps around my ankles and elbows. It was because they w...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. With your descriptions, it seems you have some parasitic infestation which may be pediculosis or Demodex. I suggest the following: Maintain good hygiene and shave off all the hair in the affected area. Ensure that no other body parts like...  Read Full »

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