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using listerine to kill lice

A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Nope: It's great for your teeth and gums, but not for lice. Use a product specifically formulated for a lice infestation.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Listerine is not a : Treatment for lice. Tx requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or presc ... Read More

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience General Surgery
Not intended: Listerine is a mouth wash not a lice repellant , maintain good hygiene , all the members of house hold see the family doctor to get rid of lice and f ... Read More
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Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not a lice: treatment or prevention. Listerine has a high acohol content so I would not use during pregnancy.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Listerine and lice: Listerine is not a treatment for lice. If you think you have lice get checked by your doctor and follow the proper procedure that you will be given to ... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Doubt it: I see nothing in this common product that would kill lice unless it suffocated them accidentally. Since lice can go without air for 18 hours I find th ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Remedies: Natural remedies for lice include the application of olive oil, mineral oil or mayonnaise to the head/ hair. These oil-based products smother the lous ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Malathione shampoo: Some head lice has developed resistance to permethrine and lindane.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
24 years experience Dentistry
Careful...!: Listerine may help you reduce bacteria in your mouth by killing oral bacteria. The company's advertisement claims 99% (may have been 99.9%) "germs" to ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christopher Quinn
16 years experience Emergency Medicine
Nix (permethrin): There are over the counter lotions and shampoos that contain 1% Permethrin (nix) that work well.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joseph De Santi
28 years experience Family Medicine
No for Listerine: The alcohol content of Listerine is insufficient for "sanitizing" sufficiently to clean surfaces and thus is not an ideal cleaning agent. Alcohol con ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
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

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