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vinegar tea tree oil as a lice treatment

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Lavin
42 years experience Pediatrics
Neither: Nits are the eggs of head lice, so you are right to seek a treatment that kills both. Vinegar and oil tend to fail. Pesticides can be toxic. We rec ... Read More
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
50 years experience Pediatrics
Not recommended: Tea tree oil (melaleuca) is purported to be useful against fungi and bacteria. But there is no scientific evidence it is helpful for those or head li ... Read More

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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
23 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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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Olive oil or any oil will basically chock the lice. But you still need to remove the nets with soft comb.
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Maybe,maybe not : Once aware of a wetting agent, lice can hibernate without breathing for up to 18 hours, making many of these oils just a messy event.The vinegar can a ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Some basics: Head lice are a human only parasite often only noticed after itching & the finding of egg casings (nits) in the hair. Lice can hold their breath f ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Real antifungal: Tolaftate is available without a prescription. Terbinafine topical is also good. I'd prefer to see you use a topical agent rather than taking medicati ... Read More
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
30 years experience Geriatrics
Antibiotics v yogurt: Bacterial vaginosis is an imbalance in vaginal bacteria. Standard treatment is antibiotics, not bathing as described so go see family doc or gynecolog ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tedde Rinker
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See a dermatologist: You've tried all the over-the-counter remedies with no help. I suggest you see a dermatologist to determine the cause and prescribe a medicine to help ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Poleszak
35 years experience Internal Medicine
Nobody knows: No studies were done.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Gurvis
44 years experience Podiatry
Yes and no.: All three of those can help to some extent but are not what you would call effective except in all but the most minimal of fungal infections. Since a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
25 years experience Pediatrics
Unsure: There are many reports (especially on the internet on non-peer/doctor reviewed sites) of people trying apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil for mollus ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel or cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel or cream such a ... Read More

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