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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 6, 2009
  • 05:58 AM

In August of 2008 my husband and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. We stayed at a nice hotel for three days... while there I contracted head lice and pubic lice.
How, or from what items, I do not know. I had NO idea at first, treated the head itching like dandruff until September when realized it was head lice. The pubic lice I truly did not know what that was and treated itchng in pubic area with vaginal cream for infection and then premarin cream for dryness. Was October before I realized after finding bites and black dots I searched the internet and realized what I had... Needless to say, I was horrified. I tried every treatment that I could find on the internet... NONE worked.
By November they were in armpits, eyelashes, eyebrows nose.....everywhere. NOTHING would kill them. I finally went to family dr. we did two treatments with Ovide and 3 of the permethin 5% and still did not get rid of them. Family Dr. frustrated and advised me to go to Dermatologist. Have not gone...have been trying new stuff from internet...but it is not killing them... get less and less, but never rid of them. I wash everything, scrub and disinfect the house, vacumn all the time... my life is consumned with lice. My husband has the head lice...twice now. Please if anyone has an answer, or suggestion tell me.
I am at my wits end. They now burrow down to the base of the hair shaft..
Thank you for any help you can give.

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  • Hi,I am so very sorry for all the trouble that you have gone through. I went through a really bad bout of lice with my daughter and the only thing that really seemed to work was putting olive oil all over her head and letting it soak for a bit and then slowly going through each strand of hair and pulling off both the eggs and the lice itself. I know it sounds weird but it actually worked! The lice come right off of the root super easily. I've heard of people using Mayo as well because of the greasiness of it. The lice cannot stick to the hair which in turn makes them slide right off.I wish there was more that I could suggest but this is what worked best for me.Hope it helps and good luck!
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  • Are you sure they're lice? Have you seen them with a microscope a powerful magnifier?There is a fungal infection (which you can get from beds)where you see black dots which cling to hairs and itching spots which resemble bites.If you're not 100% sure their lice please see my post about itching athttp://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=35735&page=2
    Painperson 12 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hello. I'm sorry that you feel humiliated by your problem. Parasites don't know your social status or income. They also don't care how you have been taking care of your personal hygiene. Lice can affect the cleanest of people. However, if it is truly lice, please know that they are now resistant to pyrethmin or the active ingredient in over the counter remedies such as Nix. Yet simple lice do not usually leave the head. The following technique has worked for my self and daughter when she brought simple head lice home from school. Daily shampoos (any shampoo that is not a "two in one" with conditioner.) Fill the palm of your hand with a large amount of shampoo and saturate the shampoo with good old table salt. The resulting mixture should be gritty and somewhat white. Be liberal with the salt. Lather all your hair but be very careful of your eyes. The shampoo and salt into your eyes on a daily basis can be damaging. Let it sit in your hair for a few minutes. The salt will soften the shell of the eggs so no new hatching will occur. Now for the adults. Towel dry yourself and your hair afterward like you always have. Blow dry all of your hair until completely dry. Keep the blow dryer in continuous motion and do not burn yourself, but use the hottest setting. The adult lice cannot tolerate the heat. After three weeks or so of this treatment you should be parasite free. But you must do salt/shampoo showers and blow drying after DAILY. Don't give up! Please post frequently to let all of us know how you and your husband are doing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • In August of 2008 my husband and I were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary. We stayed at a nice hotel for three days... while there I contracted head lice and pubic lice.How, or from what items, I do not know. I had NO idea at first, treated the head itching like dandruff until September when realized it was head lice. The pubic lice I truly did not know what that was and treated itchng in pubic area with vaginal cream for infection and then premarin cream for dryness. Was October before I realized after finding bites and black dots I searched the internet and realized what I had... Needless to say, I was horrified. I tried every treatment that I could find on the internet... NONE worked.By November they were in armpits, eyelashes, eyebrows nose.....everywhere. NOTHING would kill them. I finally went to family dr. we did two treatments with Ovide and 3 of the permethin 5% and still did not get rid of them. Family Dr. frustrated and advised me to go to Dermatologist. Have not gone...have been trying new stuff from internet...but it is not killing them... get less and less, but never rid of them. I wash everything, scrub and disinfect the house, vacumn all the time... my life is consumned with lice. My husband has the head lice...twice now. Please if anyone has an answer, or suggestion tell me.I am at my wits end. They now burrow down to the base of the hair shaft.. Thank you for any help you can give. First, you both need to go to a doctor and absolutely get diagnosed so there is no doubt about what you both have. You both need treatment at the same time. If it is lice they need hair to cling to and they have to feed regularly. If you are really desparate you can shave every hair from your body from head to toe and keep it that way for a couple of weeks. Stay away from your bed and let all the stuff there die during that time. Camp in a tent and wash the sheets and pillow cases every day and dry on high heat. If there is no place to shelter, no clothing, no hair anywhere on either body there will be no bugs in short order. Shave your eyebrows. I don't know what to do about your nose, lots of vaseline perhaps. Maybe salt water nasal irrigation every hour. Even better, keep your body in the water, a pool or hottub for hours at a time and drown the bugs if they remain. Mybe a sauna as long and often as you can stand. They can't take the dry heat and die. But both of you need to do this. Sounds like you need a change of scene. Do the complete hairless thing and go to a nudist resort so that there is no clothing for shelter. I doubt they could survive with all hair removed and maintained that way.
    Freddd 3576 Replies Flag this Response
  • We just went through a bout with head lice, and I don't know if this will work for you, but it worked perfectly for us. I'll tell you what we did, and you can modify this for yourself--perhaps a bath would work, but check with your doctor to see whether there are any negative effects of it. It's worth a try. Mix equal portions of mineral oil (baby oil) and white vinegar. We used about a cup of each for long hair. Thoroughly saturate the hair with the entire mixture--massaging it well into the entire scalp.Cover the head with cellophane so that no air escapes. This suffocates those pesty free-loaders.Leave this on for at least 3 hours---preferably overnight. You may want to cover the pillows, etc. with towels to avoid getting oils on nice linens. Comb through the hair with super fine tooth comb. Wash out with Dawn dish soap--you'll need a lot--this cuts the grease--just as the commercial says. Comb out thoroughly again-taking care to reach every area near the ears and base of the neck.Blow dry with the hottest tolerable heat--just to be sure any barely viable critters are terminated.Check the hair in a couple days--there may be some shells left that can be pulled out. Repeat these steps in 7 days just to be sure they are all gone. The mineral oil smothers them and the vinegar loosens the goo that attaches the eggs to the hair shaft. I am not sure whether this could be done in a bath or whether shaving all hair first would help. I hope this is helpful. After many store bought and MD authorized treatments, this is the only thing that worked...and it was cheap and discrete.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2009
    • 03:35 AM
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  • Albendazole; an anti-helminth , ivermectrin, ....there are others.you'll need to get a special order prescription. A specialist, like a dermatologist may have to make the order. Do this plus everything else. 600mg( 3 200mg pills taken at once for 3 days) then re-treat in around 7-14 days. Do your research, and go to your doctor knowing what you want them to do for you. You have body lice, they can also infest head har. Throw away as many clothes as you can, be ruthless. A sour smell is associated with infected garment. If you want to try and keep your clothes, i don't recomend. Boil them, wash in hot water, dry on hot. Then put them in the dryer for 30mins after dry. try to rub off as many eggs as possible with vasaline, tea tree oil, neem, olive...mixtures, slfur lotion. Try to get rid of as many eggs as possible before you use the pills. The insects will become paralized when they bit you if you have the medicine in your system. Therefore you want what ever is left to be able to move and bite, not be stuck to your skin and miss out on its treatment. Good luck, remember...these pills can be special ordered in, go to the emergency room at the hospital if you have to.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 7, 2010
    • 04:34 AM
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  • Lice is major problem is all the young people so i want to share some important tips with you about that, that will be helpful for you.lice treatment
    samia12 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2013
    • 07:27 PM
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  • You need to read the website stopskinmites.com. I have been suffering for 2 years with the same symptoms, and until I found Megan Wells website, I had no relief. It is a rough and tough road, but it is curable. You must follow her instructions to a T. You have 2 things going on. 1. Your growing a genetically altered fungus.2. Which attracts a fungus loving insect.
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