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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
HEAD LICE: Try the home remedy of coconut milk and vinegar. The last recourse is cutting the hair short.

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Ganek
49 years experience Pediatrics
No: These remedies are not effective for lice. Otc treatments like rid or nix (permethrin) are much more likely to be helpful, and if they don't clear the ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Lice: You are the second person to ask this question, so apparently there is information out there that i did not know concerning coconut oil and lice. As i ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arti Jain
Dr. Arti Jain answered
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: Lice treatments like rid®, a-200®, pronto®, clear® are available over the counter that can be used along with wet combing. Retreat after 1 wk.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: This web site says yes to vinegar.http://www.wikihow.com/treat-head-lice-with-vinegar and this says yes coconut oil works as well.http://www.hybridra ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Stephens
17 years experience Dermatology
Not really: The key to treating scabies is total eradication followed by thorough washing of all sheets, towels, blankets, and clothing that may have been exposed ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
No: Tea tree oil may be used an a natural anti fungal and is found in over the counter acne products. There is no report on the use of tea tree oil for li ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience Dermatology
NO: Olive oil may make the dandruff worse! dandruff can be cured by shampooing often. (daily if possible) and with a tar shampoo such as t-gel or tarsum o ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hal Blatman
40 years experience Pain Management
Perhaps: Oils do indeed penetrate the skin. Many things penetrate the skin. Indeed, some say that you should not put anything on your skin you are not willing ... Read More
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A 63-year-old member asked:
Dr. Laura Webb
12 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe: There are a number of remedies some people swear by to kill lice- these include different types of oils, mayonnaise, butter, etc. However there are n ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience Podiatry
Probably not: Lavender and rosemary oil are no better than the other remedies you have mentioned.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bob Ourian
25 years experience Dermatology
No: No, it doesn't do anything for hair growth.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Not sure: I've heard of people using tea tree oil for the treatment of lice, but i cannot comment on how successful it is. I would not use it myself.
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Why would you?: There are not restrictions applying fruit oils during pregnancy but why would you? None of these have any proven health benefits and are probably quit ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arti Jain
Dr. Arti Jain answered
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: Ear infections need to be diagnosed by a doctor and based on whether they are external or middle ear infections, need to be treated by an appropriate ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
24 years experience Ophthalmology
Clog pores: Coconut oil does cover pores: for some skins this is a good thing as it's mild, natural antibiotic properties kills surface bacteria which can lead to ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Olive oil: Olive oil is one of the best oils you can use. It is a big part of the Mediterranean diet which is considered to be one of the most heart healthy diet ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Myths: Nope. Not at all.
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Not a good idea: Any of these oils can damage a condom and render is ineffective. Use a water based lubricant like K-Y jelly.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
NO: They don't.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
Specializes in Family Medicine
All biologically: derived cooking oils (particularly "healthy" polyunsaturated or monounsaturated oils) have the potential to "go bad." This process is called rancidit ... Read More

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