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How can I tell if the nits are dead or alive

A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Crack them: Live nits will pop if cracked between the nails, whereas dead ones won't and can be picked.

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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Xanthopoulos
21 years experience Pediatrics
If no live lice: If you do not see any live "crawlers" you are ok to be in a public place. Nits are the eggs, if you apply permethrin dose twice 2 weeks apart that sh ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Not always. Depends : On pediculicide used. The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Various methods: Many find soaking the hair with a stout vinegar will loosen the eggs from the hair.A nit comb (fine tooth) can then remove them a bit easier. Several ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Fine tooth comb: Most otc products come with a fine toothed comb used to remove the nits from the hair.Some find that soaking the hair in vinegar will loosen the nits ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Use the comb: Most of the critters will fall off, but the comb that comes with the kit will help remove the eggs; or keep using the cream. Good luck.
A 13-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mitzi Scotten
27 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: According to the hedrin website- one of the active ingredients paralyzes the lice and so they likely look dead- The maker also recommends that the pr ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vahe Yetimyan
50 years experience General Practice
Herpes: not visible to the eyes unless you get a flare up. Blood test can show if you have herpes even if you do not have the symptoms or lesions.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Egg encasements: Human lice are mature by 10 days of age and can start laying eggs thereafter. They do so at the level of the scalp within a hard shell that incubates ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
New activity: You can be infested with juvenile lice before they start laying eggs & not recognize the activity.If you have removed the egg casings & killed the lic ... Read More
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