Lice occur when you have a parasite that attaches itself to human hair and then feeds on human blood.
There is an intense amount of itching, a feeling that something is moving on your head, hair or body, and a sensation of tickling.
Because getting lice can happen at any time, it's essential to understand its symptoms and manage it.
GuruMD offers online advice for lice, allowing you to speak with a board-certified professional and get treatment from your home's comfort. Find out about this condition by reading here.
What Are Lice?
Lice is an infestation of head lice medically known as Pediculosis Capitis.
This condition occurs when the parasitic insect attaches itself to the hair and gets close to the scalp, where it likes to feed several times a day on blood. They exist on any part of the body, which has hair such as the eyebrows, eyelashes, and head.
Even though this can be irritating, this is treatable. The focus of the treatment is towards alleviating any discomfort.
Symptoms of Lice
The most common symptoms of lice or pediculus capitis are:
- Sores on the scalp, neck, and shoulders
- You are feeling that something is moving on your head and hair
How Does GuruMD Treat Lice?
At GuruMD, we offer urgent care for patients with lice. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of lice, all you have to do is create an account to get in touch with a medical provider. Register online and then visit a doctor from your app.
Our board-certified professionals will diagnose lice by asking questions about your recent health history and current symptoms. Usually, an office visit is not needed, so going online to see a doctor is convenient and useful.
The main goal of lice treatment is killing the lice. The physician may recommend washing your hair with a specific shampoo, which helps to kill the lice.
If you wear any hats, scarves, hair accessories, headphones, pillows, towels, upholstery, brushes, and combs, all of which could be the route to transmission, you should adequately be sanitized avoid reinfection. Also, it would be advisable to stop wearing them until the symptoms are gone. The doctor may recommend that you throw out specific items that may have led to direct transmission to prevent reinfection.
The doctor may also ask about any other risk factors such as being around younger people in a playground or a school since head lice are prevalent among children, especially in the united states.
The physician will recommend over the counter medication, which will kill the lice and perhaps a timed second round of treatment is usually necessary to kill any residual eggs before they hatch to become adult lice.
Once you receive the proper treatment, the physician will provide medical advice on managing the symptoms of lice.
Until this condition receives proper treatment and resolves, it would be best to keep yourself isolated since this condition is very contagious.
To make sure you're on the right track, we offer walk-in appointments for patients with lice. We want to make sure you enjoy a safe recovery process and get all the care you need to overcome your symptoms.
Are you experiencing an infection with lice? Register for your GuruMD account now to get the treatment you need.