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Can you give me advice with head lice infestation, please help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Treat it now!: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about head lice. Please help !?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Human only parasite: You acquire head lice after exposure to an infected persons living lice. This may be by sharing head ware, scarfs, combs etc. Or during close encounters with the lice in bedding, clothing etc. It is not passed by animals or non human carriers.Lice mature within 10 days and begin laying eggs attached to hair. They feed on human blood, cause itching, but do not carry diseases.

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