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Fremont, CA
A 37-year-old male asked:

Please share an interesting fact about dealing with head lice.

16 doctor answers22 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 19 years experience
Ignore: Individuals that share the same bed with someone who has head lice should be treated regardless.
Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Ignore: Head lice do not jump or fly.
Dr. John Snyder
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Ignore: Children should not be excluded from school based upon the presence of nits.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Ignore: Nits (eggs) attach to hair. Thorough removal with a nit comb can prevent Head Lice re-infestation.
Dr. Bradford Romans
A Verified Doctoranswered
Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Ignore: It may be necessary to treat all of the household,simultaneously.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 55 years experience
Ignore: HEAD lice treatment should be done together so everybody will be OK. No transfer of lice if untreat.
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Ignore: Washing your hair frequently does not prevent you from getting lice.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Ignore: The head louse can only live off the body for 1-3 days, and a nits need warmth to hatch.
Dr. Stefania Lima
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Ignore: Treat the whole family at the same time to avoid cross-infestation.
Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 24 years experience
Ignore: The term "nit picking" arose from the old-fashioned way of getting rid of lice eggs.
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 33 years experience
Ignore: Lice infestations (pediculosis and pthiriasis) are spread most commonly by close person-to-person.
Dr. Chioma Lazz
A Verified Doctoranswered
42 years experience
Ignore: Shorter hair may be easier to treat. Repeat treatment according to instructions. Rxs available.
Dr. Cindy Williams
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Remember: Remember to retreat a week after the first treatment. This is when the still live eggs will hatch.
Dr. Jenny Welham
Pediatrics 24 years experience
Ignore: Use a nit comb immediately after treatment and continue every 2-3 days for 2-3 weeks.
Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Ignore: Coat head and hair with hair gel and cover with shower cap overnight to smother live lice.
Dr. Julie Tomberlin
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ignore: We are seeing more resistant lice in the U.S. Talk to your doctor if you can't get it cleared up.

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Please share a tip in the form of a haiku on dealing with head lice.

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Deprive of air: Coat head in hair gel; Wash off in morning and comb; Comb out nits at scalp.

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