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Ectoparasitic infestations

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Headlice - myDr.com.au

Head lice live in the hair, feed on blood from the scalp and lay eggs called nits. They are often most noticeable behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. Find out what products are available for head lice.

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Head lice - myDr.com.au

Head lice (or nits), which live and breed in hair or on the scalp, can be treated by wet combing with a conditioner or with various shampoos and lotions.

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Head Lice

The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease.

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Scabies - Farmer Health | Farmer Health

Scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei) is caused by small mites that burrow into the skin. These mites are too small to see. If you have scabies, the skin becomes very itchy and when you scratch you can spread the eggs to other...

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Typhus (epidemic, murine and other rickettsial diseases) - Factsheets

Epidemic typhus is a serious bacterial infection spread by human body lice and is a risk in conflict settings and refugee camps. Murine typhus is a related bacterial infection spread by rodent fleas which occurs worldwide and all over Australia.

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