When To Call a Doctor
If you suspect
lice infestation (pediculosis), you can try an
over-the-counter lice medicine or visit your doctor to
double-check your symptoms. Call a doctor if:
- You have severe nighttime itching that does not
go away after a few days.
- You see live lice or new eggs (nits)
after using the medicine (prescription or nonprescription).
have serious side effects after using a product to treat
- You have signs of a skin infection. These may include:
- Increased pain, swelling, heat, redness, or
- Red streaks extending from the affected
- Discharge of pus.
- Fever of
100°F (37.8°C) or higher with
no other obvious cause.
Lice will not go away without proper treatment.
Even if they don't bother you much, lice can be spread to other household
members, sex partners, or other people you have close personal contact
with. If you think you have lice, try an over-the-counter lice medicine or call a
Who to see
If you need help
treating a lice problem, contact any of the following:
pharmacist can answer your questions about medicines
that treat lice.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
August 30, 2012
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