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Does hairspray kill lice

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Vinegar wash: If you use vinegar (regular, apple cider vinegar or pickling vinegar)as a hair rinse it will soften the glue that holds the nit to the hair & it will ... Read More
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Yes: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription med... Read More

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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
That plan is not : Likely to work. Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arti Jain
Pediatrics 26 years experience
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.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: If the lice are caught in the straightener - yes, but more likely they will be near the scalp along with the eggs and the devise will likely not get t... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Yes: Lice need a host to survive, and typically won't live longer than 1-2 days on an inanimate object. They won't survive temperature extremes, so microw... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
I wouldn't : Count on it. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Yes & no: Yes if the heat comes in direct contact but no it's not a reliable method of removing them. They usually scurry around at scalp level & are therefore ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Probably not: Probably not, because many will be close to the scalp where the tongs will not be placed.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not a good choice: Once lice notice an environmental change, they can hibernate without breathing for up to 18 hours.This agent would kill by immersion or inhalation. Th... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Bedbugs: A way to get rid of bed bugs is to wash all bedding materials in detergent and hot water. Items that cannot be washed like stuffed animals should be s... Read More
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